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  • A reliable source of arguments …about music itself, the arts, education, creativity, leadership, sociology, psychology, technology, and so on. All these topics affect how we relate to classical music.
  • Be the butterfly There is no accounting for Chaos Theory except just one truth: do nothing, and something else will take over.
  • Continuing the conversation… As a society we tend to consume. We are consumers, after all. But that’s not what my letters to you are about, I’m afraid.
  • 7 of the best places to sit in a concert hall Where is the best place to sit when you attend a live classical music concert? Obviously where the tickets are most expensive, right? Wrong.
  • What dress shall I wear tonight? Don’t give a damn what anyone else is wearing – they dressed exactly how they wanted to, just like you did. THAT’S equality.
  • Would you like to go for a drink? Drinking before, during and after concerts does not necessarily mean consuming alcohol, but it does give you an opportunity to talk about the music, and perhaps even…
  • What We Can Learn from East Asian Education Politics and Education: two Establishments that are hot topics people love to yell and scream about.
  • Which is which and who does what? There are some things that still shock me when I realize most people on the planet have no idea about classical music. I frequently hear people stumbling over the terms…
  • What’s in a title? Old Sheet MusicLiterally. What are all those odd numbers and abbreviations you see on posters and in programs? Sometimes it can get confusing looking at the title of a piece of classical music.
  • Forgive them, for they know not. “Professional Politicians” – those who have done nothing else in life – can no longer tell the difference between the manipulative games they play, and the real world.
  • Community validation is a huge deal. FTP Donation Envelope MessageThe other day, as I was sorting through the mail, I flipped one hand-written envelope over to open it. But what I saw made me tear up.
  • Please leave the candy at home Sweet wrappers are like the triangle – it doesn’t matter how much noise is going on, it’ll still be heard by everyone in the concert venue. What other Audience Etiquette is there?
  • Proof we can make the world a better place. #Classicalmusic, unlike most contemporary music genres, actually has an uncanny ability to mediate and touch the human heart like no other.
  • Call in to a #classicalmusic radio show? From The Podium, LiveI am excited to let you know about From The Podium, a radio show and podcast that I am producing and hosting, and that YOU can call in to… This is not only expanding the more than 40 episodes of my two-minute podcast Stephen’s Classical Rate N Slate to a full hour each week, but From ...
  • How the record companies got us all confused In music, a genre can be defined as a particular style or form of composition. In other words, pieces of similar styles and forms can be categorized together into one genre.
  • How to find context from history Getting to know music’s historical periods, of which Classical is one, will only enhance your live concert experience – at minimum you will have some sense of context.
  • Kipling was right about one thing… I am usually a very observant chap (which gets really annoying for my wife: “Golly! Did you see that?”), and at one such networking event we both attended recently, we walked away saying “Golly! Did you notice…
  • What fails to provoke drama, shouting and violent passion? Dear #ClassicalMusic Fan, In 2011, the same year Melissa and I moved to Florida, Julian Treasure gave an excellent TED Talk about the fact that humans are, in general, losing the ability to listen. He then gave 5 exercises individuals could/ should do to rectify that. In 1987, the same year I moved back to the UK ...
  • When left is right and right is left. Being aware of the setup of an ensemble will enhance your live classical music concert experience muchly.
  • Get real familiar (oo-er) As a fan of #classicalmusic it is probably wise to get familiar with the instruments that people are using to share music with you.
  • Thank goodness Angelica didn’t win #AGT Remember: Hollywood, like the mainstream media, are in the game to make money. Don’t fool yourself it’s about anything else!
  • When humility is harmful It hit me the other day that the majority of performers and audiences I see on a regular basis don’t get what you get… These articles. I can count on two hands the number of performers in the ensembles I regularly conduct who are wise subscribers, like you (and hundreds of others like you). That bothered me for ...
  • How did you become an expert? Knowing just one thing more than you did before about the composition or the composer helps you immeasurably, and makes you an expert… especially if the folk you are hanging out with don’t already know it!
  • 3 ways we mislead ourselves Participating in the Arts as much as Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and even Sports and all the other more materialistic and competitive stuff, helps us maintain a good balance in life.
  • Has the Devil got hold of you, too? Saint-Saens Danse MacabreMany people have turned their lives into all-consuming and distracting games to get cheap stuff on the cheap. Me, I go for quality.
  • Media sensationalism slammed again Puccini TurandotI don’t get to watch TV often, especially mainstream news, and last night made me grateful that I don’t.
  • Puccini: Turandot Puccini TurandotHear what British American Conductor Composer Stephen P Brown has to say about classical music, and why you should find a local performance to attend. You might agree with his rating and slating!
  • Decisions you regret oopsWe can only make the wisest, safest and most sensible decisions – perhaps with a little risk thrown in as well otherwise we’d never accomplish anything – with the information we have at any one moment in time.
  • Evacuation is no trivial matter Stanley Trumpet VoluntaryWhat is trivial, is the fact that John Stanley wrote a piece of music known as the “Trumpet Voluntary” which does not actually include any trumpets… as we know them.
  • Be careful what you worship you get what you pay forMy wife is in the event industry. Weddings, mostly. A fellow small business owner recently shared a story that made us both cringe, not just because of the what happened, but more the fact that there is a growing trend in the Tampa Bay area of Florida to worship either cheap or, and this would be much ...
  • Clearly size does not matter Short podcasts can be just as packed with helpful info as the really long ones. Every Monday you can download the latest episode, so take 2mins right now and listen to today’s.
  • Unashamed plug No intellectual stimulation today. Just a plain old plug. Today is the last day you can get 25% off my training “How to Make the Most of Classical Music Concerts.”   Get the training, an hour of bonus videos and the 25% discount today only (Friday): https://concertuniversity.com/page-18056#bv0ln77f5 And at the bottom of the second page (where it says “Enter Discount Code”), ...
  • We wait for perfection Perfection is unattainableAre you waiting for the finished product? Fair enough. But if you think it will be the ‘perfect’ solution, you’ll be disappointed. It’s an excellent training, but not perfect.
  • The Unfettered Worship of Mediocrity excellence vs. mediocrityWe can do better with both our expectations and our praise – the tap is adjustable and doesn’t need to be fully on or fully off all the time.
  • “The modesty to pool it” team bonding modesty pool togetherExisting members had the modesty to pool their experiences together for your benefit, just like most performers have the modesty to pool their music together for your benefit.
  • How do you rate the music of Fantasy worlds? Music is huge in Fantasy WorldsThe music of fantasy uses a LOT of classical music instruments, particularly strings, brass and percussion. Many times the modern versions of these fantasy worlds are more interactive…
  • What music do you hear in your dreams? What music do you hear in your dreams?Dreams usually disappear within moments of waking unless we write them down or they were pretty powerful dreams, so do we even hear music when we dream?
  • The tortoise didn’t always win We may be very familiar with how the Hare fell asleep and rested on his laurels, effectively letting the slow, trudging Tortoise win the race, but we didn’t hear why it was such a special and celebratory occasion
  • How McDonalds beats a home-grown steak Fast Food Wins - it is cheap and fastFast – Cheap – Good. You can have any two of those three. Live classical music concerts may not be cheap in reality, but with a little training we can learn how to make the most of them.
  • What it did for Sarah Photo credit https://flic.kr/p/BAgq1MSarah (not her real name) was a teenage student of mine. Her life was… messy, and she often questioned its worth. She never thought she was pretty enough, clever enough, sexy enough, interesting enough, loved enough, loving enough, and all those other things First World teens from struggling homes and towns are concerned about. But the music department ...
  • Music Lessons music lessonNobody has ever just picked up a musical instrument (any music instrument) and just started playing it. That’s not the way that learning to play music works.
  • Famous Quotes About Music Famous Quotes About Music“Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!” J. K. Rowling. People of all walks of life have opinions about music.
  • Perseverance matters Inside The Music FlyerFor decades, George has been helping audiences explore a piece of music with live musical excerpts, worksheets, singing, clapping, and lots of laughing, and then after the intermission…
  • Classical Music Classical MusicMost people think of classical music as the music of famous composers of old, like Bach and Beethoven. If you are a real music lover, you appreciate excellence in any music genre.
  • If It Is Music to Your Ears… Music is not all GreekWhat EXACTLY is music? The music that we like is a reflection of our own inner feelings, and those inner feelings are produced by our personal history.
  • ARGH! Remarkable how accurately The Simpsons writers reflected our farcical realities.
  • What is the best way to start a new club? Seven points you might find useful if you ever find yourself bringing a group of people together for the first time.
  • Looking sharp… I have always been interested in fashion. But I am not a particularly good conformist. What do you think are the pros and cons of a Conductor’s uniform?
  • 7 odd reasons why people avoid the Opera Noooooo!According to a few surveys and studies, it seems as though the reasons people avoid the Opera (and Classical Music in general) have nothing to do with Opera itself, but what we imagine it is like.
  • Feed yourself, and others Live music not only entertains, not only can it heal internal hurts, but most importantly, live music feeds the soul. It is worth sharing. Encourage others to go with you to concerts.