Dear Musicians Every post I have applied for as a music teacher I have lost to a Music Technology graduate. Schools are convinced that they are best placed to teach MusicTechnology A Level and Music and MusicTechnology BTEC even though there are parts of the curriculum that require traditional musicianship skills. The jobs I have applied for are teaching music KS3-5 and as we know MusicTech only appears at KS5. The secondary music teaching world is going mad, in my neck of the woods anyway. I've been doing by own some stuff on the creative uses of Music Technology i.e. aural analysis, composition using music technology, production techniques such as layering, mixing etc and believe I can teach this subject in an innovative way but nobody seems to think I can do it because I am classically trained. I'm really into funk music and have learnt that a lot of the experimentation that took place in the 60s and 70s, e.g. adapting guitar pedals for keyboard etc. have influenced all genres that use music technology. Music Technology is supposed to support music and not be an entity in itself and it seems that the musician who spent years indoors practicising rather than playing and watching TV is being sidetracked. Also the greatest innovators in this field were all classically trained. And you know what my response is to this constant slight: I'm going to learn how to play the Ukulele AND get myself a digital drum kit and an iMac so I can experiment with layering more funky sounds. Musicianship skills rule folks with our without technology! Those in agreement say 'Aye!'