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One year into this job and I’m remembering fondly the odd sensation of simultaneously winding down one school year while planning for the next.

In terms of the new 2014 curriculum, we’ve done our best to give you a number of options for approaching notation at the early key stages, including Cyrilla Rowsell’s article beginning on page 47 in this issue and Jane Werry’s outstanding resource Music Assessment in a Post-Levels World, which is now available to download from our website. We will continue to provide you with as much support as we can, and, as always, are keen for your suggestions. Beyond this, I can strongly recommend the ISM’s free resources in relation to the new curriculum, which can be found here.

I can’t quite believe it’s this time again, but I’m opening the call for papers for the Music Education Expo 2015, and my head is already spinning with all the joyous musical possibilities. The guiding principle in choosing what to put in the conference, which takes place on 12 and 13 March next year, is to pick out sessions that will be of inspirational or practical use to music teachers. Please email 250-word proposals to me at We cast our net widely for feedback after this year’s conference and are delighted to be able to provide headsets next year for the audience in both seminar rooms.

There has been a startling announcement from the protest group OurNCO – the concerned ‘stakeholders’ of the National Children’s Orchestra who, spearheaded by Vivienne Price, recently drew together thousands of names for a petition calling for the current board of the organisation to step down. It seems they’ve been successful. OurNCO declined to comment on the exact whys and wherefores, only pointing to a statement on which says that the entire current board will step down, before announcing a fresh set of faces, to be chaired by Royal College of Music conducting professor Peter Stark. Whatever happened behind the scenes, it’s a dramatic precedent for ‘stakeholder’ power and the effectiveness of social media, and it has potentially serious implications for the governance of similar institutions. Some hard guidelines from the Charity Commission on best practice for music institutions cannot come soon enough.

In The Next Issue of Music Teacher: July 2014

Plastic and woodwind

  • Plastic instruments: Richard Llewellyn surveys the scene
  • Single reeds: picking the best for your students
  • Double reeds: should you make your own?
  • Instrument reviews: Odyssey saxophones and Simmonds bassoons


  • Good in theory: we compare the theory offerings of TCL and ABRSM
  • Mind and body: holistic piano technique
  • Peer-to-peer: Music Mark's new Key Stage 3 teacher support scheme
  • Orchestral takeover: Scottish students run the RSNO for a day

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