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What Kind of Impact Does Our Music Really Make on Society?

As musicians, we are carriers of influence, whether or not we are aware of it and whether or not we intend to be. The sound and messages we release through our art form directly impact our listeners in powerful ways….

Making Sense David Byrne’s ‘How Music Works’

David Byrne is a brilliantly original, eccentric rock star, and he has written a book to match his protean talents. It is not exactly a memoir — “the ‘aging rocker bio’ is a crowded shelf,” as he puts it in…

8 REASONS WHY MUSIC IS IMPORTANT TO US

1. The Universal Language While every country has it’s own language(s), there’s only one language we can all understand: the language of music. We don’t even need words to understand what music is saying. Every year I see a lot of…

SPELLING: AVOIDING IGNORANCE AND NEGLIGENCE

Controversies and complaints about spelling are centuries old. In his Preface to ‘A Dictionary of the English Language’, in 1755, Samuel Johnson derided writers for their “ignorance or negligence”. Today, the Internet is littered with spelling errors and would-be Johnson-types, correcting…

MORE THAN JUST ‘WORD WALLS’

Schools can be hectic places and the work of a teachers is seldom ‘done’. When faced with the job of a challenging new curriculum, particularly for our more disadvantaged pupils, tackling such work can feel nigh on insurmountable. Happily, when…

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch – A 5th Grade Learning Sequence

Removing plastics from the ocean – Nevada Engineering Fellows Program I am part of a team that is facilitating the “Nevada Engineering Fellows Program” for 5th grade teachers in Nevada. The funding for the program came from the Nevada Governor’s Office of Science…