If you can’t play the part, expect some bum notes

The popularity of guided learning is on the rise in schools, so why are we not taking the same approach to prepare teachers for the classroom, asks Matt Hood

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A few years ago, following intense peer pressure, I took part in a National Orchestra for All fundraiser. The challenge was simple: to learn to play the Alton Towers theme tune on a violin, from scratch, within three months. I then had to perform the piece (turns out it’s called In the Hall of the Mountain King) on stage as part of a full orchestra.

I have never played an instrument, can’t read music and was left to figure out how to play the instrument by myself. My progress was snail-like. I needed help. Alice, an expert music teacher, rescued me. She taught me exactly how to play the notes ...

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