What is Musicology

For some people, the word ‘Musicology’ is that recording by Prince that came out in 2004, with a first track of the same title, a James Brown–style homage to funk.

by Maureen Buja
April 25th, 2019
Simulating Performance

As every performing musician will tell you, there’s a world of difference between playing in the privacy of one’s home or rehearsal room and performing in public.

by Frances Wilson
April 21st, 2019
The Mysteries of the Creative Process—An Inside Look

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune titled, Please Don’t Tell me CSO Musicians Have It Easy, by Howard Reich, begins, “Ahh, what a soft and easy life the striking Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians lead! They show up for a [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
April 20th, 2019
Understanding Cultures through Classical Music

The divide between cultures is as wide as it has ever been today. However, there is a bridge that links us all. Our spoken languages and lifestyles have and always will be different, and vive la différence I say. These [...] more >>

by Rob J Kennedy
April 19th, 2019
Classical Musicians & Jazz: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

In musical terms, “genre” has decidedly become a dirty word. It represents a type of category used to identify pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or a set of conventions. And I am sure you have heard [...] more >>

by Georg Predota
April 13th, 2019
The Fig and Classical Music

I’ve been trying to get my partner to like the fig. I strove to convince her of the pleasure, the beauty, the sheer sensual delight of the fig. But, she resists. I went on to tell her she didn’t know [...] more >>

by Rob J Kennedy
April 12th, 2019
Four American Minimalists

Minimalism as a musical genre originated in the USA in the 1960s. It involves stripping music down to its bare essentials, to focus on pure sonic power, pulse and the internal processes of the music, without narrative or a defined [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
April 11th, 2019
The Musician’s Mentors

Mentor – an experienced and trusted adviser (Oxford English Dictionary) A mentor is not necessarily a teacher. The musician’s journey is a complex one, requiring many years of highly rigorous, focused training, and a consistent routine of work (practising) and [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
April 7th, 2019