China’s newest export hit is classical music

Though not yet at Western levels of quality, Chinese ensembles are improving rapidly

May 26th, 2017 | Tags:
When to Start Music Lessons: My Child Loves Music – So What Should I Do?

The other night, my husband and I were in a local restaurant. In a high chair nearby was an adorable one-year-old girl, be-bopping to the music on the PA system. Her hands were raised high, her feet were going a [...] more >>

May 24th, 2017 | Tags: ,
A History of Classical Music (The Women-Only Version)

For the first time in more than 100 years, the Met is performing an opera written by a woman. Here, we offer a playlist of other female composers, who are often overlooked.

May 19th, 2017 | Tags: ,
Musical Education: Live or Digital?

Trick question there. ALL music learning is good. However, as a teacher of both live and digital music, I wonder which is best overall? Is using a combination pandering to the modern age or utilizing every tool for creativity? There [...] more >>

May 17th, 2017 | Tags:
The Art of Listening

A number of years ago I created a seminar called “The Art of Listening” for the Smithsonian Institution. I have taught versions of this course in music classes and have been hired by corporations and law firms to teach their [...] more >>

May 12th, 2017 | Tags:
Music to the ears of dementia patients suggests new learning is possible

It was a stroke that robbed Leonie Fitzgerald of her words. Left with a skeleton vocabulary of just four or five words, her ability to communicate and interact became severely limited. Her stroke also saw her diagnosed with dementia. But [...] more >>

May 10th, 2017 | Tags:
L.A. Phil’s Gustavo Dudamel: Teaching music took these students ‘from nothing to something’

Easter Day 2007, the Los Angeles Philharmonic announced that Gustavo Dudamel would become the music director in 2009. But he didn’t wait long to start Youth Orchestra Los Angeles. By fall 2007, children from South L.A., most Latino or African [...] more >>

May 5th, 2017 | Tags: ,
My Deathbed Playlist (and Yours)

Now that I’m approaching my mid-40s, I’ve finally gotten around to some basic end-of-life planning. Health care proxy? Check. Power of attorney? Signed. My playlist for dying? It’s done.

May 3rd, 2017 | Tags: