Adult piano lessons: Never too late to learn?

When Clemency Burton-Hill returned to piano lessons as an adult, she found herself in good company. Grown-ups everywhere are learning the instrument to relieve stress, focus their minds – and for the sheer joy it brings.

July 1st, 2016 | Tags: ,
Pursuing Diversity: New Voices, New Sounds

Conversations about diversity are happening everywhere these days. The changing face of America is increasingly bringing what used to be a dodged or back-burnered dialogue to the forefront of the national debate. The visibility of this issue has grown in [...] more >>

June 29th, 2016 | Tags:
Freeing the pipe organ from the usual grind

It was a simple remark over a casual lunch. But for organist Paul Jacobs, it represented everything wrong with the state of organ-playing today and the mind-set that has kept the pipe organ chained to the confines of academia and [...] more >>

June 24th, 2016 | Tags:
RCM study reveals that drumming has a positive impact on mental health

A study conducted by the Royal College of Music provides further evidence of the positive effect of music on mental health.

June 22nd, 2016 | Tags:
Where have all the good tenors gone, and where are all the basses?

WHEN the new students arrive at Sweden’s two opera conservatories this autumn, they’ll share one thing in common: they’ll all be women. In the most recent round of auditions, only women won a place. There just weren’t any qualified male [...] more >>

June 17th, 2016 | Tags: ,
What I Didn’t Learn in Music School

If you’re earning a comfortable wage and living a happy life doing Exactly What You Thought You’d Do With Your Degree(s), I applaud you. Sincerely! I am among the many people in the music world who are not, but I [...] more >>

June 15th, 2016 | Tags: ,
7 Ways Music Affects the Body: Here’s How Science Says Sound Moves Us

If the scope of research on the psychological and physiological impacts of music is any indication, much is known — and yet unknown — about how music affects the human mind and body. “By better understanding what music is and [...] more >>

June 10th, 2016 | Tags:
Can classical music be cool?

ANNA GOLDSWORTHY, an Australian pianist and festival director, wrote recently about her fears for her art-form as she played Chopin’s funeral-march in B-flat minor. Though we are all headed towards our own funerals, “it is difficult to escape the fact [...] more >>

June 8th, 2016 | Tags: