This week, I was struck by a fascinating post by John Terauds on the word like and it’s meaning in relation to music—specifically classical music.
We don’t like every person we meet, or every movie we see, or every book we read. But the interaction itself still has the potential to change our life in some way.
. . . → Read More: Redux: Yummo! Taste and False Assumptions
Since I have been convalescing and forbidden to do anything particularly physical, I have had a lot of time to read. Two tidbits struck my fancy this week. The first concerns the ignition of talent and the second the fact that we never know where or when our influence will actually come to bear.
. . . → Read More: PA Shorts: Ignition – Blast Off!
Last week, when I was talking with Reuel Meditz, our discussion took a surprising turn as I suddenly found myself asking him about his reactions to musicians who can be terribly judgmental on the subject of others’ musical taste. He was very diplomatic yet direct and you can read more of what he had . . . → Read More: Yummo! Taste & False Assumptions
Last week, I found myself in a heated discussion with a colleague over his perception that there was no one worth performing for or teaching any longer. In his view, everyone out there had completely forgotten how or did not care to behave as he thought they should.
Those who advocate healthy eating, talk a . . . → Read More: Respect
One of my Facebook friends recently shared a few words of advice to aspiring musicians by pianist, singer, songwriter, and producer, Ben Folds. This earthy collection of thoughts struck a chord with me. Also, I find it entertaining and awesome that he wrote it while on a flight to Boston.
The advice applies to . . . → Read More: PA Shorts: Opportunity Knocks
Whew! All the end of term and holiday recital craziness is past us.
Years ago I read a group of entertaining rules of performance etiquette in the style of Jolly Olde England. I have no idea what the original source was at this point. (Someone once told me that after 5 years of using an . . . → Read More: PA Shorts: Ye Olde Rules
For years there has been discussion ad-nauseam about the aging of classical audiences and what the best ways are to engage and connect with younger audiences. Don’t get me wrong or send poison letters quite yet. It is a serious issue. We who teach know this first hand. Not only are our students from . . . → Read More: Aging Audiences, Elitism, Strong Bass, & Dumbed Down Ears: A Kind of Rant
A couple of years ago our Fine Arts Department hosted a series of piano masterclasses and an evening recital. Our school is located in a rural area about 2.5 hours away from both Phoenix and Tucson. We had a ‘Meet the Clinician/Pianist’ potluck with the local music teacher association the first evening, but I was . . . → Read More: Mind Your Manners