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REGULARS 5 Editorial 6 News 10 Diary 11 Letters 12 Opinion: End of an era?

Anne Templer on the gradual decline of holiday music courses 37 Column: ISM

Advice for staff impacted by the hub reorganisation, and a look at ‘Breaking the Singing Barrier’ initiative 38 Online teaching materials

A preview of June’s resources 41 Column: mental health and wellbeing

Gary Ansdell of Nordoff and Robbins shares his experience of music-making in a care home

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FEATURES 20 Songwriting in schools

Keith Ayling describes a proven approach for KS2 and 3 26 Rethinking EDI

Sharon Jagdev Powell introduces Leicestershire Music’s ‘IDEA’ approach www.musicteachermagazine.co.uk

42 Column: tech

Course accreditation and industry-based advice from JAMES 44 New products: tech

Kate Rounding reveals her top picks for the month 46 Reviews

MT’s expert reviewers share their verdicts on Auto-Tune Access 10, Ava Goes Green, Stanford’s Nine Irish Folksongs, and TCL’s Singing books 55 Quick Tips

Sara-Lois Cunningham gives advice for ABRSM’s singing performance grades 56 Q&A

MT meets singer, composer and educator Brenda Rattray

VOCAL 14 Where school and church meet

David Fawcett considers the potential for sharing resources and opportunities 18 Flexible specialist programmes in

Edinburgh David Kettle reports on new vocal provision at St Mary’s Music School 22 Sing for Pleasure marks 60 years

MT reports on the national choral charity’s jubilee celebrations 24 Keeping boys singing

Jenna Brown on how to support boys through the ups and downs 55 Quick tips

Sara-Lois Cunningham gives tips for ABRSM’s performance grades

30 Vocational music courses

What’s their appeal? MT’s Amrit Virdi talks to teachers and students 32 International School of The Hague

Rachel Shapey discovers a creative curriculum and innovative teaching

34 How we teach improvisation

Michael Wright shares his research and thoughts on best practice

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