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Luton Sixth Form College is seeking a Music Technology Teacher

Luton Sixth Form College advertisement: Luton Sixth Form College is exceptionally aspirational for the young people it currently serves and we are deeply committed to extending our work in order to have an even greater impact on educational outcomes for our young people. Established in 1966 as the first sixth form college in the country, we have an impressive track record for quality and educational excellence. Music Technology Teacher (part time 0.5161 FTE, Fixed Term Contract) To teach Music Tech A-level and with a possibility of teaching on other level 3 music courses. Sixth Form...

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Instrumental & vocal lessons improve academic achievement

Academics, Professor Susan Hallam and Kevin Rogers, carried out a study into the effect of instrumental and vocal lessons on academic achievement. The abstract reads: There is increasing international evidence that playing a musical instrument has a positive impact on attainment at school but little research has been undertaken in the UK. This study addresses this drawing on data on attainment at age 11 and 16 relating to 608 students, 115 of whom played a musical instrument. The findings showed that the young people playing an instrument showed greater progress and better academic outcomes...

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Do you need help with musical costs?

Awards for Young Musicians is inviting young instrumentalists to apply for up to £2,000 towards musical costs, such as music tuition and instrument costs. Take a look at the Awards for Young Musicians 2017 Awards info sheet and visit the Awards for Young Musicians website, to find out more. You must apply by midnight on Friday 3 March...

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Tips for playing in an amateur orchestra

The Guardian published a few tips for playing in an amateur orchestra on 1 September 2016. Here they are: 1 Turn up early. Music, and your part in it, needs time – to get your brain ready, as much as your reeds or strings. 2 Be prepared. Look at your part (many can be found on the public domain music site IMSLP) and listen to the pieces (try YouTube or Spotify) beforehand. 3 Never be without a pencil to take notes during rehearsals. There’s too much going on to trust to memory. 4 Practise breathing together with others in your section to begin shared phrases. Strings included. 5 Develop...

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