Give us this day

Give us this day

In order to be good at something, you need to first spend time being bad at it. Musical instruments, and particularly the violin, where ‘bad’ takes on whole new layers of meaning, are very good examples of this idea.

Corrupting young minds

I went to Swindon today. It’s not the first time it’s happened, but it doesn’t happen often. I was invited to give a guest lecture to two mixed groups of Music Technology and Media Studies A-level students. The teacher had been careful to prep me...

The boy is eating an apple

I’m learning Spanish. I’m just beginning, but I’m quite pleased with my progress so far. A little bit each day, and this time next year, I’ll be able to ask where the bank is, order a cup of coffee with no milk, and tell people to seek...

Meet my new workmates

Meet Professors Davi Nakano and Eduardo Vicente – colleagues at the University of São Paulo, specialising in music business, music radio, independent music culture, music online and music industries innovation. All going well, these guys are about to become my...

Youth in Action

I attended a 2-day event held in London by The British Council this week – called Listen Up! Youth in Action, which brought together around fifty delegates from over 30 countries across Europe to discuss youth democracy. I was there as part of Amplified, an...

Let’s hear your idea about… EDUCATION

Photo by Trondheim Byarkiv 02. EDUCATION Today’s challenge is to come up with ideas about the learning process. It might be something to do with how to learn things, ways in which testing could be improved, innovations in the classroom, ideas for topics that...