Classical Music Education should Recognize & Respect Music of All Cultures

I’m calling out the music education establishment. Leadership is NOT just noncommittal statements of solidarity… ASTA, SAA, and other classical music institutions should acknowledge that “fine string playing and teaching” is NOT exclusive to or synonymous with playing classical music. I invite you to challenge them to acknowledge this. That false equivalency feels like a Read more about Classical Music Education should Recognize & Respect Music of All Cultures[…]

What White Musicians can do to heal the Racial Divide in America

If musicians are healers, then equity and justice should matter to us. Because -Teaching requires trying to respect and understand all students. – Playing music goes hand in hand with respecting the culture it comes from -Music should aspire to express love towards ourselves and others. As Michelle Obama said, it’s up to everyone… to Read more about What White Musicians can do to heal the Racial Divide in America[…]

Lessons in Musical Creativity from Itzhak Perlman and Gaelynn Lea

A major difference between classical music and “creative” music is the ability of the artist to decide what to play and what not to play. I’m all for classical music, but I love the equalizing effect that being a creative artist allows. Technical virtuosity isn’t a requisite for musical creativity. The willingness to put yourself Read more about Lessons in Musical Creativity from Itzhak Perlman and Gaelynn Lea[…]

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