Discussion Papers

A number of papers I have written over the years are reproduced here since they reflect opinions and beliefs fundamental to my work as a musician. These opinions and beliefs are predominant in my professional activities as a music educator and composer.  They are principally, but not exclusively, about the need for improvisation to be considered as an essential element in the content of any programme of music instruction designed to provide learning experiences from which choices for the future can be made.

Historically, music exam boards, have emphasised executive skills and effectively ignored creative skills.  

Papers on topics other than improvisation will be included. The first of these will be about how 'theory' manages to make a mountain out of a molehill in its treatment of rhythm.