What do you see as the role (if any) of the private instrumental teacher in GCSE music? I've often encouraged my better pupils to opt for music, but in the past most of the best of them have declined to do so, saying they'd have to drop some essential language or some other favourite arts subject if they took it, and they can carry on with their music outside of school. (Then of course the music tails off when the end of Y11 looms) I do have one in Y10, and I want to do my best to support her in it; I have mailed the music teacher at her school and I have written her a letter when I got no reply to that, asking what help she thought was appropriate (plus a more detailed enquiry about one of her assignments) but I received no reply. Maybe she's busy. Or maybe she is jealously guarding the progress of her class and doesn't want any "interference" It's years and years since I taught GCSE, since those who remember me will know I was teaching primary. I should have thought that any extra help I could give would be welcome, but maybe not. I don't even quite understand what she's doing, since the syllabus has changed almost out of recognition since I taught it last, but it's to do with controlled coursework and composition. I don't want to give any advice or help that is counter to what she is actually being advised in school. Those of you who teach GCSE, do you welcome the input of the private teachers, or do you feel them to be an intrusion?