Five Classical Music Rivalries That Left Bad Blood

Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie. Oasis and Blur. Biggie and 2Pac. Music rivalries have a long history and classical music has seen its share of bad blood. Even though the music makes you feel great, there were definitely some composers [...] more >>

June 7th, 2017 | Tags:
Why Our Brains Respond Differently To Classical Music

Chinese researchers report even a few moments of opera produce a thoughtful, empathetic response.

June 2nd, 2017 | Tags:
Just Why Does New Music Need Champions?

This spring the American Composers Forum announced the latest winners of its Champion of New Music award. The 2016 designees were the pianist Gilbert Kalish, who has tirelessly performed works by living composers for more than 50 years; the conductor [...] more >>

May 31st, 2017 | Tags: ,
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: