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EDITORIAL Phone +44 (0)20 7333 1748 Email Editor Thomas Lydon Assistant Editor Harriet Clifford Resources Editor David Kettle Technology Editor Tim Hallas Design Calvin McKenzie ADVERTISING Head of Sales Amy Driscoll 020 7333 1719 Production Controller Leandro Linares 020 7501 6665 SUBSCRIPTIONS AND BACK ISSUES Phone UK 0800 137207 Overseas +44(0)1722 716997 Email Publisher Amy Driscoll Subscriptions Manager Bethany Foy UK Subscription Rate £70 PUBLISHING Phone +44(0)20 7738 5454 Managing Director Ravi Chandiramani Director of Marketing and Digital Strategy Luca Da Re Marketing Executive Rhys Williamson Group Institutional Sales Manager Jas Atwal Production Director Richard Hamshere Circulation Director Sally Boettcher Chief Operating Officer Jon Benson Chief Executive Officer Ben Allen Executive Chairman Mark Allen Music Teacher, ISSN 0027-4461, is published monthly by MA Education Ltd, St Jude’s Church, Dulwich Road, London SE24 0PB, UK Subscription records are maintained at MA Education Ltd, Unit A, Buildings 1-5 Dinton Business Park, Catherine Ford Road, Dinton, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP3 5HZ © MA Education Ltd 2021. All rights reserved. No part of Music Teacher may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise without prior written permission of the publishing director. The views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the editor. The presence of advertisements in Music Teacher implies no endorsement of the products or services offered. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of statements in this magazine but we cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions, or for matters arising from clerical or printers’ errors, or an advertiser not completing their contract. We have made every effort to secure permission to use copyright material. Where material has been used inadvertently or we have been unable to trace the copyright owner, acknowledgment will be made in a future issue. Music Teacher is interested in articles on all aspects of music education; if you wish to submit one please contact the editor. We reserve the right to edit material for publication. Please read our privacy policy by visiting This will explain how we process, use and safeguard your data. Printed in the UK by Pensord, Pontllanfraith, Blackwood NP12 2YA

New beginnings

Much to celebrate, and much to work on

It seems like we are only just beginning to understand the many ways in which opportunity is unequal across the music education sector when a new issue, one that we should have seen coming, takes us by surprise. With the rise of online grade exams, the huge differences in the ways we record student performances have become apparent. Without specialist equipment and knowledge, there is a danger that dynamic range and other elements of a performance might be completely obscured. Even if you pay for a studio set-up, you are at the mercy of whatever kit your examiner has been able to get their hands on. This is just one of the many ways in which digital inequality is coming to mean inequality of access to music education, and we have a lot of work to do in order to offer an equal playing field. With this in mind, we spoke to the Music Teachers’ Board about their new ‘record and submit’ app video update (see page 30), and invited Karen Marshall to look back on her experience with online exams through other boards (see page 12). We will be following up with an article in the May issue looking at steps you can take to best record your students’ performances.

After an enjoyable six-month stint back in the hotseat, this is my last issue as interim editor. I am very pleased to hand over to the excellent Harriet Clifford, who takes on the permanent role of editor from mid-March. Please continue to let us know your thoughts on what we produce and on what you would like us to cover through our social media channels or by writing to us at

All that remains at this point are some thank-yous. The Music and Drama Education Awards online ceremony takes place on 24 March at 6pm and will be streamed at and on our Facebook page. Many thanks to Classic FM and tv’s Alexander Armstrong, who will present the show, and, of course to all of the entrants, nominators and judges. The awards are by their nature highly selective, but we were inundated with worthy entries. It has been an unprecedented year, but we rose to it and we endured. Let’s hope that better times are on the horizon, and when they come, you will have more than earned them.

Thomas Lydon, interim editor


Music Teacher is the UK’s only magazine aimed at music educators from across the sector. It is a place where music is valued in and of itself, embracing all genres. We offer up new approaches to pedagogy through in-depth features, engaging opinions, lesson plans and schemes of work. We cast a critical eye over the latest research and products to help inform the conversations that shape musical teaching. This is a platform for raising awareness of the key issues affecting music teachers, and for championing existing efforts to ensure music education is accessible to all.

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