Learning from sam Smith’s ‘Too Good at Goodbyes’
A brief analysis focusing on orchestration and metric structure.
Learning from Schumann’s op.82, no. 5
A micro-analysis focusing on some simple but ingeniously deployed appoggiaturas.
Pointless Preparation (‘for the 21st century’) Prevents Progress
Why ‘preparing students for the 21st century’ is the same as preparing them for any other century.
An aspirational society is still a divided one
An argument that to promote ‘social mobility’ is to endorse inequality.
Don’t plan, flow
How to be more like a computer but less like a robot.
I can’t recall when memory wasn’t forgotten
A lonely voice in support of remembering lots of things.
On the rotten fallacy of subject hierarchy
A suggestion, that none will take up, of a step towards a happier, more equal education system.
Melody: they who codify complicate (at KS4)
An argument for musicality to precede theory, but not against either.
In the face of disappointment
Thoughts, prompted by the Oxbridge admissions process, on preparing students to fail.
The musical genius of a UK no. 1
Why Clean Bandit, et al., hold as legitimate a place in musical discourse as any others.