Michael Maxwell Steer

Michael Maxwell Steer is a composer whose creative impulses have led him into many different fields – whether as a BBCr3 producer, Head of 20thC Studies at the Junior Royal College of Music or writer, publisher and conference organiser. His engagement with spirituality and inner process in relation to music and sound was triggered by his childhood as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral, where he acquired an early love of Messiaen. In Maxwell’s middle years his activities included composing /scriptwriting /producing for broadcast, mostly the BBC, as well as directing commercials and producing records. Eventually, realising the restricted discourse of broadcast drama would never allow him authentic expression, he turned to journalism, creating first a green /holistic magazine and subsequently the Music & Psyche Network. For the last decade Maxwell has devoted a lot of time to piano teaching & has invented ColourMuse, a coloured note system to aid beginners, which he published in 2006. He also directs Cherubim Music Trust.

http://msteer.co.uk/ http://colourmuse.com http://www.cherubimtrust.org/

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Messenger of Beauty: Frank Perry. -

CD Mountain Bell BELCD027 &pound10+p&ampp from http://www.frankperry.co.uk I was introduced to Frank Perry&rsquos; work 30 years ago when I was sent a CD of his Belovodye for review. My ears were, lit read more

Something Amusing ...

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Shostakovich - The Luminous Centre of Truth

After Id finished a long and productive day I decided to listen to another Shostakovich Quartet with score. They are such intensely wrought pieces: fiendishly hard but perfectly conceived for the me read more

Three young pianists show how alternative strategies can work

Because I teach outside the school system pupils sometimes stay with me for a decade or so, from first steps until the big step of university. Ive been teaching privately in Wiltshire for 15 years, read more

Teaching (or Taming) Tantrum-driven Teens

To teach adolescents the teacher requires a fairly robust ego, as it&rsquos; important not to respond to the provocation that can be attempted. Just as some play games with their sexuality, so others e read more

An exploration of subtle sensations within the experience of music

Every generation has to discover afresh what has always been known. This cycle of continual rediscovery is an essential part of the regenerative process of human culture mirroring growth and decay in read more

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