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Improving Academic Performance with Music

“It’s recognised in this school that those boys and girls who play a musical instrument tend to perform better in exams”. Many years have passed since my schooldays but I can still clearly recall my music teacher, Mr. Daines, making the above statement at the start of my very first music lesson at secondary school.
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The Importance of Teaching Music in Schools

Back in 2010 the UK Government introduced the English Baccalaureate, a key school performance measure that focused on specific subjects: English, mathematics, history, geography, the sciences and a foreign language. As someone who composes music, I remember feeling sad to see that music had been omitted from the list of subjects to be assessed and
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Restoring Rosemary’s Reputation

I sometimes wonder how I managed to cope in pre-internet times. After all, if ever I want to find out about a particular topic, my first response is to ‘Google’ the name of an event, place or person. In most cases, Wikipedia features prominently amongst the search results and over the years this website has
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There IS Music in the Spacing of the Spheres!

Many people visiting this blog will be familiar with the term Music of the Spheres, a phrase usually associated with Pythagoras. It is a term derived from one of his more famous quotations:  “There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.” It’s generally accepted that
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Crotchets, Quavers and MUSIC

  I was talking recently with Peter, a friend of mine whose daughter had started learning to play the piano a couple of years ago. When I asked how she was doing, he told me that she was progressing well and still enjoyed playing, but she was worried about the Grade Four Piano Exam that
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Tuning in to your memories

For reasons which I hope will soon become clear, I’ve decided to start this article on music with a brief chemistry lesson. Did you know that one way of testing for sulphur dioxide gas (SO2) is to mix it with a second gas, hydrogen sulphide, a gas which can be identified by its ‘rotten egg’
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Where does music come from? Part Six

In the previous posts of this series I have outlined what I believe to be evidence of how non-physical guides are working with musicians to help bring music into the physical world. Much of this evidence came from the work of mediums such as Rosemary Brown and Leslie Flint,  who were able to use their gifts
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Fish, Chips and Heavy Metal Music

I was browsing on-line recently when I came across an article which claimed that the number of community choirs in the UK is now greater than the number of Fish and Chip shops. I was amused to read this because as all my friends know, I like food almost as much as I love music
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Forget about your voice – just sing!

Birds do it!  Angels do it! Even dolphins and whales do it! Let’s do it, let’s SING A SONG! Forgive me for taking liberties with a classic Cole Porter lyric but I had a sudden realisation a few days ago. I was listening to a Todd Rundgren song from the 1970’s which I often used to
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Where does music come from? Part Five

In previous posts for this series, I outlined what I believe to be compelling evidence that many musical masters of the past continue to work after their passing by mentoring and guiding musicians here on earth. As a composer myself, I find it a great comfort to know that there are non-physical guides, far more musically accomplished
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