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REGULARS 5 Editorial 6 News 10 Noticeboard 11 Diary 35 Column: Youth Music

Matt Gri ths describes the impact of songwriting and lyrics on young people 36 Column: mental health and wellbeing

Jill Morgan of the RCS champions an ecosocial approach and giving children and young people a voice 38 Online teaching materials

A preview of May’s resources

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FEATURES 20 Musical Storyland

Introducing the new BBC series for EYFS and KS1 22 Templates for DAW-based projects

David Guinane shares ideas for boosting musical learning 24 Digital music distribution

Dale Wills explains how students can release new tracks www.musicteachermagazine.co.uk

40 Column: tech

Working with Soundtrap’s Sampler 43 New products: tech

Jonathan Savage reveals his top picks for the month 44 Reviews

MT’s expert reviewers share their verdicts on Circle of Fifths Explained, Mindful Harmony app, and Count Me In! 47 Column: quick tips

Writing a simple piano piece 50 Q&A

MT meets Dobrinka Tabakova

28 Whole Class Ensemble Tuition

Researchers from BMERG assess the varied provision and impact in primary schools 30 Outstanding Music Department

A first-hand report from the winning school at this year’s MDE Awards 32 Restore the Music

The music charity’s CEO discusses its mission to equip deprived UK schools

COMPOSITION 12 Composing for exams

Composer David A. Stowell on where higher marks may be found 15 Theme and Variations

Karen Marshall’s effective template for accessing composition 18 Embedding musical knowledge

Sally Nicholson’s research and creative activities for KS3 40 Column: tech

James Manwaring explores using samples as raw material 47 Column: quick tips

Melanie Spanswick’s advice on writing for piano

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