Tidying up at the weekend, I came across the New Scientist Christmas Special (always a cracker) in which I re-read an article on the attentional blink. Although concerned with advertising, the findings of this research resonate with what we are all trying to do. Continue reading Symphony of Mammon
In this season of reporting, the word technique features extensively and there are two points worth considering:
- what do we mean by technique?
- technique is the servant of expression
At some point in everyone’s life it is pointed out to them that educere has more to do with bringing things out in people than putting them in. The same is true of technique. This does not mean that I think everyone is a born guitarist but rather that the movements required are very natural. I would contend that Continue reading Only An Expression
I’d like to flag up an interesting listening event this Thursday (25th May) on Radio 4. Melvyn Bragg and his guests on Radio 4s In Our Time will be discussing the science of mathematics as applied to music. Continue reading Sum Enchanted Evening
Music Has No Bars
I had a reminder from Roger Montgomery, this year’s examiner from The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, about a forthcoming TV programme featuring his daughter, Ruth. Despite being diagnosed as deaf at the age of three, Ruth pursued her interest in music, becoming a flautist and instrumental teacher.
The programme, entitled See Hear, features her trip to St. Petersburg to play a flute concerto with a local orchestra and will be broadcast in two parts Saturdays – 20th and 27th at 12:00 on BBC2.
www.bbc.co.uk/seehear/video to see a video preview of these programmes under the title Music Has No Bars
On Thu 11 May I attended a CPD course in The Ministry of Truth (JMH) entitled Creative Thinking and Learning: An Introduction to de Bono. Although initially devastated that The Edge hadn’t turned up, it proved to be a very interesting experience. Continue reading The Milliner’s Tale