Music in education: a living relic of Western Europe’s colonial mentality
Since music entered the National Curriculum in 1988, the UK’s approach to musical education has been grounded in Western Classical traditions. From Palestrina to Schoenberg, Baroque to 20th Century Experimentalism, students are routinely taught the fundamentals of the art largely by studying ‘The Great Composers’, by learning the conventions of western classical notation, and by playing western classical instruments. While this system has been in effect...
Should we still have Black History Month? (Part 1)
With many thanks to Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, since 1987, the UK has been celebrating BHM in the month of October. Schools up and down the country usually put up displays and encourage students to do a piece of writing, usually focusing on Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, or others of that ilk. Should BHM continue to be as it is, or should it be, as many would like it to be, integrated into average history lessons and curricula?
‘African’ drumming, the homogenisation of a continent
The lackadaisical attitude displayed when it comes to art that originates in Africa isn’t confined to music. Yet it’s an important front on which we need to demand change. The UK’s archaic music curricula which allow vestiges of colonial thinking to remain, and homogenise art forms which actually feed so much of the music that modern Anglo-America calls its own must be challenged.
How Women Took Over The London Jazz Scene in 2017
It’s not hard to see that Jazz in 2017 belonged to these remarkable women. In addition to creating great music, they carry a sense of humility that seems to acknowledge what they are doing, but realise that the possibilities are endless, and that 2018 looks set to see a continuation of the new London jazz sound as led by these talented and hard working women.