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I can answer questions from students of "classical" composing, arranging, notation problems and music theory, writing for instruments and voice and writing music for education. I can answer questions about orchestration but I do not cover questions about pop or rock music, pop song writing or electronic music.

I taught for many years in UK up to "A" level theory and composition. I have spent many years in music education, initially (like everyone else) as a teacher. Then I moved on to advisory work (teaching teachers!) and also lectured, giving many workshops for teachers in developing music education skills and techniques. For a time I worked as a teacher-lecturer at London University's Institute of Education and eventually worked full-time as a Music Education Adviser to schools in part of London, offering advice on music education and curriculum development.


International Society for Music Education; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


"The Times" Educational Supplement; "Hi-Fi News and Record Review". For several years, I used to write for many of the state music education periodicals in the US and I also wrote several influential articles on instrumental music teaching for "Music Teacher" magazine in the UK. (UK).


PhD(Hons); MA(Hons); FLCM (compositon) ARCM, LMusTCL,(music diplomas)

What do you like about this subject?

I have always been fascinated with the arts, especially music. I used to think of music as a kind of language but have since ditched that view. The concept is not especially helpful, for music can so often transcend language completely. Music often takes over where language fails.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I believe totally in the concept of life-long learning. It may be true that you can't teach an old dog new tricks but that adage should not apply to human beings with a normal working mind. In fact, we have to keep learning just to keep up with everyday technologies.

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2017-04-14 General question on Harmony (since I didn't have a good teacher):

Hello Armin.    Thank you for explaining. I am sorry that I misunderstood. I agree completely that not everyone has the ability to contribute to students. Some people are experts in their field but seem

2017-04-12 E-commerce (B2C) websites for Musical instruments.:

Dear Prashant,    Thanks for getting in touch again. I believe that there are companies that sell instruments online, possibly in your country. But honestly I really wouldn't recommend this approach. Also

2017-04-12 Musicians legends.:

Dear Prashant,    Thank you for the feedback to my previous response. Your latest question sounds simple but it is difficult to answer. First, I will have to restrict my answer to musical instruments that

2017-04-11 Musicians legends.:

Hi Prashant,  Thanks for getting in touch. My specialist field is classical music and there is no issue about how many instruments one can play. Most really top classical musicians specialise in one instrument

2017-04-11 General question on Harmony (since I didn't have a good teacher):

Hello Armin,    It is interesting that you are reading Piston's book because it is quite a classic. This is a good question but I must say I have not very much about it before. However, I think harmony


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