Why has ‘teaching music’ been regulated to something unimportant in our schools?
This is a question that Nicola Benedetti, a Scottish classical Violinist who was awarded a CBE in 2019 for her services to music. Nicky chats with us in our 57th interview and our 33rd women-in-education podcast.
In this podcast, listen to Nicky and Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGill discuss:
- Describe her own childhood and education
- How moving away to boarding school at 10 years old has shaped her
- What is was like to attend Yehudi Menuhin School
- What is the ‘Suzuki method‘ and the impact it had on Nicola as a musician
- How she dealt with the pressure of expectation as her profile continued to grow
- Explore how Nicola moves through making mistakes during a performance
- How stress decreases performance and how it influences physicality
- Tips for young musicians in school to improve their musicianship
- Why no week is ever the same for Nicola and how she balances her workload
- The workshops Nicola carries out with students and teachers across the world
- Why music teachers feel under-resourced and under-supported
- Nicola’s desire for music to be back on the English Baccalaureate curriculum
- Explain how the Benedetti Foundation is supporting music education.
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Image credits: Chris Tostevin-Hall, Spencer McPherson and Andy Gotts.