A creative workforce does not simply emerge; it needs to be developed, encouraged and supported. MLC Academy has been teaching people music since 2007. The pursuit is often highly individualistic and the journey is complex. Music education has been described as “patchy at best” (Henley 2011) and funding for the arts is suffering across the world.… [Read More…] about The purpose of music education within a creative workforce
We all make new year’s resolutions. As 2017 drew to a close, we as a family asked ourselves this simple question; could we recycle just that little bit more? Fast forward three entire months and Easter has past us by. During the Easter break I had time to read several articles posted by the BBC… [Read More…] about Could we recycle just that little bit more?
Holidays are an ideal time to sit back and reflect upon what you have learned and recall where it has been learned from. The importance of reading cannot be underestimated. Information is gathered from a plethora of sources – blogs, news websites, academic reports, vlogs and podcasts. More often than not, I have two books… [Read More…] about The importance of reading
A recent study in the Netherlands has found that music lessons improve children’s cognitive skills and academic performance. Structured music lessons increase children’s cognitive abilities – including language-based reasoning, short-term memory and planning – which lead to greater academic performance. The research, published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, is the first large-scale study adapted into a… [Read More…] about Music lessons improve children’s cognitive skills and academic performance
We all look for ways to relax and improve our mood. This invariably includes going to the gym, riding a bike, walking the dog and a yoga class. Did you ever imagine that live music is better for you than yoga? A recent study concluded that attending a live concert improves your mood greater than… [Read More…] about Live music is better for you than yoga
The need for perfection has never been as great as it is today. Is the desire to be perfect stopping you from achieving your goals? Achieving your goals is important. Creative people are driven by the need to share their art and thanks to social media, there has never before been the opportunity to syndicate… [Read More…] about Is the desire to be perfect stopping you from achieving your goals?
Taking notes has become one of my favourite pastimes. I was gifted a notebook one Christmas by my wife. It now contains ideas about courses, lessons; an entire raft of scribbles relating to my personal and professional development. I have also found it a great way to take down people’s ideas and concerns as they… [Read More…] about Take notes
Congratulations to my friend, Professor Mark Gilman who recently passed his grade 3 in music! Dr Mark Gilman is Professor of SME Growth and Development at Birmingham City Business School and Head of CEIG. He joined BCU in 2015, moving from his post as Director of The Centre for Employment, Competitiveness & Growth at Kent Business… [Read More…] about Congratulations to Professor Gilman
Preparations are in full swing as AIR students at X4M, Turin near their first exam sitting. In October 2017, a group of students at Italian music school, X4M – perform school of musicians began working on the Artist in Residence course. The course is designed to work along with and enhance an existing curriculum that is… [Read More…] about AIR students at X4M, Turin near their first exam sitting
The modern music industry is an interesting and dynamic industry in which to work. It will however require you to have a plethora of skills that reach far beyond that of playing your instrument. This informal guide serves as a self help reminder for me as much as anything else. You can watch all 26… [Read More…] about A to Z of working in and surviving the modern music industry