“What an unusual combination”, say the majority on finding out what I teach. Though sometimes I ask, never do they justify their surprise – I suspect because it’s a bit rude to say “but music’s so easy, and maths is for clever people”.
An argument for musicality to precede theory, but not against either.
Thoughts, prompted by Oxbridge admissions processes, on preparing students to fail.
Cumulatively, on the nth day of Christmas, my true love will have given me n(n+1)/2 presents. Something I had to think quite hard about, because I’m not really a…… Read more “On the Nth day of Christmas, I got thinking about calculus…”
What could be more irritating to ‘classical’, ‘trained’ musicians than this week’s UK no.1? Not just its contrived harmony, lack of melodic development, predictable structure and toneless, computerised bleepy-bloopey-ness. No, real…… Read more “The musical genius of a UK No.1”
“Would you like some of my home-made salad, sir?” says Magnus, a behaviourally challenging student by Scandinavian standards, who occasionally forgets to save enough pocket money for…… Read more “Another miserable article about how much better it is to teach abroad”