Better Understanding Leads to Better Appreciation

From a paper by Chan WY, Qu H, and Mak WH: A major obstacle in the appreciation of classical music is that extensive training is required to understand musical structure and compositional techniques toward comprehending the thoughts behind the musical Read More …

Music In Our Schools Month

March is National Music in Our Schools Month, and in honor of the occasion, I thought I’d present you with a top ten list of why children should be encouraged to listen to classical music and learn to play an Read More …

What’s Wrong with Classical Music?

From a paper by John Sloboda (pdf file): The traditions and forms of the academy are, despite what some apologists claim, inaccessible to most people. Their inaccessibility is of two sorts. First, they do not reflect to most people the Read More …

Is Classical Music Elitist? Part 6

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Is Classical Music Elitist?

Continued from: Is Classical Music Elitist? Is Classical Music Elitist? Part 2 Is Classical Music Elitist? Part 3 Is Classical Music Elitist? Part 4 Is Classical Music Elitist? Part 5 I know, it seems like this has been going on Read More …

Is Classical Music Elitist? Part 5

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Is Classical Music Elitist?

Continued from: Is Classical Music Elitist? Is Classical Music Elitist? Part 2 Is Classical Music Elitist? Part 3 Is Classical Music Elitist? Part 4 I’ve been posting quotes I find interesting from a discussion thread on The Guardian’s website, and Read More …