For Parents and Teachers

Welcome to my website. This page is written specially for parents and teachers. You may also want to read the more general For Grown-Ups page as well.

The main reason for this page is reassurance.

I am a parent and, like you, I want to know that the children in my care are using the internet safely. Therefore I have done my best to make this site as safe as possible for children. Nevertheless, there are two issues that I can see with this site which could potentially give you some cause for concern. These are:

  • Links to sites outside this website that are not specifically aimed at children, especially via the YouTube videos.
  • The requirement to give an e-mail address when someone leaves a comment.

Here is my rationale for these two:

  1. Links to non-child-specific sites: There are several types of external sites that I link to in this website. They are:
    • Official websites of musicians.
    • Sources of images or other material that I have used.
    • YouTube videos.


    Regarding the first category, if I talk about a musician, I think it is only fair that I provide a link to the musician’s official site if they have one. If a child likes a musician I have mentioned, they are likely to go searching for more themselves. They might as well be directed to the official site. In any case, I have browsed through each site that I link to. While they may not be child-specific, I have seen nothing to cause concern (unless advertising the musician’s music is a cause for concern).

    The second category (source material) is necessary if I use other people’s material, such as pictures, on my site. Source material links only appear in the small grey ‘credits’ at the bottom. I think it very unlikely that many children (or even adults) will bother with these links. In any case, I have checked each one and they are generally harmless.

    The third category (YouTube videos) is again necessary if I am to have videos on this site. The concerns about a child going directly to a YouTube site are advertising and inappropriate comments about the videos from other users. I wish I could do something about this, but I can’t. In any case, it is my understanding that children regularly look at YouTube videos. My daughters tell me that they even do this as part of their lessons at school. Hopefully this means they know what to expect if they go to YouTube from my site.

  2. The requirement for e-mail addresses when leaving comments: This is a difficult one. Unfortunately it is necessary for me to ask for e-mail addresses in order to minimise spam to my site. If I dropped this requirement I could be inundated with spam and never see the real comments. So that is why I require e-mail addresses.

    Next, please be reassured that I will never publish e-mail addresses. This is a cast-iron guarantee. I will only publish the name of the child as they have written it.

    And finally, how will I use e-mail addresses? Generally speaking, I will not use the e-mail addresses at all. In most cases I will not send an e-mail to a child who has left a comment. They may be disappointed, but I think this is the best policy. If I want to reply to something a child has said, I will generally do it via a public comment which will appear after their own.

    Having said that, I can imagine some circumstances where I might e-mail a child directly. The main reason would be if I edited what they wrote and wanted to check that they were happy for me to publish their edited comment. Another reason might be if a child writes something very personal, or includes personal details (such as phone numbers, addresses etc.). In these circumstances it is probably best if I write back warning the child that sending such information on the internet is risky.

I hope that the above has satisfied any concerns you may have about this site. If you have any queries, please do send me a comment below. Unless you request otherwise, I will not publish these comments and respond to you directly via e-mail.

Enjoy the site!

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dave D 4th June 2013

Just wanted to say thank you, I am a band director and have been one for 8 years. I found out I am teaching some general music and teaching history and especially composers is my biggest idea and this website is very helpful for me to reference. Thanks for all the work you have done!

2 april 2nd August 2013

big thank that i found your site, i am a senior year music teacher and i am always looking for something new to my lesson on how i can get the interest of my students.. big help! thanks and God bless!

3 Malcolm Pullan 2nd August 2013

Thank you so much for your lovely comment :-).

4 Peggy Freer 26th August 2014

I am an Elementary School music teacher. We are fortunate to have a wonderful State Symphony which I take my 4th graders to visit each year. I found your site a few weeks ago and am using it with my as part of the preparation for this trip. They are studying the composers they will hear and working in pairs to write about and report on them. Thanks for providing such a wonderful CHILD FRIENDLY site. So many other sites I want to send my students to have inappropriate advertisements, links to other sites they should not go to, are difficult or navigate or not at a “child” level with regard to how they are written.
Great work and Thank You thank you thank you!

5 Malcolm Pullan 26th August 2014

Thank you so much for your wonderful comment Peggy. It has really made my day! 🙂

6 Eileen Smith 28th September 2014

Really enjoyed reading and listening to the pieces. Thank you eileen

7 Belinda 6th March 2015

Wonderful and user friendly site. You really include the basics and with the examples and videos it’s like a curriculum for music appreciation. Always something beautiful comes from UK. Can you include some choral history and examples especially with the rich choral heritage you have in the UK? thanks.

8 Malcolm Pullan 8th March 2015

Thank you Belinda for both this comment and your one on another page. They made my day! Maybe I will get around to doing something on the choral heritage in the UK. After all, I am now the accompanist for a children’s choir that’s being taught in this tradition (see http://loughchoir.co.uk). In fact, I have been so busy with this, that I haven’t done any work on kidsmusiccorner for sometime!

9 Lisa 15th July 2016

Hi Malcolm,

Just a quick hint for the YouTube videos….you can use http://www.safeshare.tv to create a link that has no pop-ups, or links on it. The links are permanent. I use this for videos I may show in my classroom. Thanks so much for the wonderful site. It’s fantastic! I know how busy you are but hope you are able to add more soon (especially choral music!).

Smiles from Texas…………………..Lisa 🙂

10 Malcolm Pullan 15th July 2016

Thanks Lisa. I did not know about safeshare.tv. I will have a look! 🙂

11 Lindsey 13th January 2017

Hello,
I’m sorry if this seems prying, but I was wondering if you are by any chance the author of the book “The Lives and Times of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales”. I’m investigating the icon on the cover.
Yours,
Lindsey Whiting

12 Malcolm Pullan 13th January 2017

That’s not me, I’m afraid! 🙂

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