The Slave trade, religion and the inter-mixing of African, native South American and Portuguese cultures are all key to the cultural history of samba music, and help to explain its evolution right up to the present day, including its status as the national music of Brazil. In this article we’ll look at: Samba and the […]
The new National Plan for Music Education micromanages teachers, schools and Hubs, telling them to carry on doing the same as before, only better. “Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Instead what’s needed is for schools to stop teaching classical musical instruments in whole class lessons and to focu on easy to play instruments and the music styles that the children actually want to play.
This week is Children’s Mental Health week in the UK. This year the theme of the week is Growing Together. The aim is to encourage children (and adults) to grow together, and to be a part of the growth journey of those around them. Our children are entering their third year since the start of […]
When we talk about boosting kids’ self-esteem, you’ll be familiar with ideas such as practicing gratitude, keeping a journal, or going for a walk. But if you think back to when you were young, would those things really have resonated? If you’re anything like us, you were hungry for more exciting or rebellious activities. Activities that could […]
Helping young minds blossom Now this is the kind of revamp to kids’ education we have all been crying out for. While focusing on how to teach teens about mental health and diversity, we seem to have created a huge blind spot – forgetting about preschoolers. With 50% of mental health problems already established by age 14, it’s […]
If the last 18 months has taught us anything, it is that human beings are resilient creatures. We have all been forced to adapt to so much change, deal with grief and loss, and endure many months of solitude with life in lockdown. As an adult, these challenges have been difficult. The one thing we […]