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On Practice 2

Article 14.08.2017, 09:08

Practice makes perfect - so they say. Although I heard recently that only perfect practice makes perfect. Such a pity, all those years of hard work wasted! What is the difference between rehearsal and practice? According to MD Andrew Jones rehearsal is what you do at band, practice is what you do at home. YOU practice your part at home, HE rehearses the band to make sure all that practice fits together to give a good performance. Of course, so much depends on the individual player. Do you practice ...


On Practice

Article 14.08.2017, 09:05

his old sod never used to practice. I was a natural talent and could spend weeks reading, watching telly and still turn up at band twice a week note and rhythm perfect. Is this statement true? No way. When I first fell in love with my instrument, I used to practice all the hours God sent. I skipped my regular timetabled lessons at school, especially games and history. My games teachers were sadists but although they missed torturing me every week, they were just as glad I wasn't there as I was. My ...


On Music in Schools in England

Article 14.08.2017, 08:50

I have been thinking hard today about Music, the academic subject. It seems to me, as both a music teacher and musician, that this country has everything the wrong way round. We say we want children to grow up with a love for music and seem to think that, as everyone has a voice everyone can, indeed, make music.  Yet how many times do you hear the government trumpeting about how wonderful music and music education are? All I hear is a deafening silence, with the occasional drip around election time ...