A cultural shift about to happen

I have caught word that a child is using his imagination and I’ve come to put a stop to it.Principal Skinner
The Simpsons

Remarkable how accurately The Simpsons writers reflected our farcical realities.

But that child is now a grown consumer.

…and about to rediscover Classical Music.

Are you ready for that?


Man with imagination in a suit

What is the best way to start a new club?

7 points to consider as you set up a new group for music lovers

There are three stages to setting up any new adventure, especially one involving a group of people.

  1. The idea
  2. Turning the idea into reality
  3. Implementing the program

Right now, a team I am involved with is hurtling towards stage 3 and it has been a wonderful journey.

Not everything has been smooth sailing, but most fascinating is realizing the similarities between forming the Dunedin Music Society as a public charity, and just about every other musical ensemble or non-musical program I have witnessed being created.

Here are seven points you might find useful when you find yourself bringing a group of people together for the first time:

Which Musical Character are YOU?

Combine psychology and industry research to find dormant natural abilities and a possible new focus!

We all have strengths and weaknesses – things we are good at and things we are not so good at.

  • Businesses do SWOT analyses.
  • Individuals take personality tests.
  • Some organizations encourage their members to take a Spiritual Gifts test.

If you are a musician or a supporter of live music, what are your industry-related strengths and weaknesses?

Wouldn’t it be a dream if we could combine some of the latest practical psychological research with the most realistic music research conducted in recent years?

I like making dreams come true, so I did. And now YOU get to benefit!

Piano outside

The most unexpected networking question. And answer.

Networking Events = Ugh. Unless you choose to make them interesting.

Networking involves a multifaceted approach and numerous mediums (media?).

A networking event is just one of them, and gets a really bad rap because of the really bad practices people tend to employ at them.

After years of avoiding every networking event that came my way I figured things might have changed by now.


3 steps to consider if you want to be wiser

22 Experts share what they have learned, so you can leap ahead.

Since the beginning of 2016 I have been inviting experts throughout the music industry to help you gain clarity and avoid the mistakes they have made, by sharing their thoughts and advice. We are clearly in the midst of a fascinating journey of discovery, with input from managers, composers, producers, consultants and educators as well as performers.

So far, responses from twenty-two generous folk have been received and I was interested in what they have to say, collectively, as individuals from different cultures and different perspectives of live “classical” music.

Shall we explore what kind of wisdom they have garnered over the years?

wise old man piano

3 steps to safely try something wonderful

Not everyone is passionate about their first activity

When people find out I am a musician they ask what I play. My response is to let them know that “I am a Conductor, but my main instrument is percussion.”

But that’s not the whole story.

Percussion is, in fact, the third instrument [family] I tried in life, and not the last, either. But it did become my most favorite, my most effective, and the most fun… for me. I would never have known had I not tried something different, and kept trying different things, too.

Below are three steps you can take to safely try something different. You never know when you might stumble across your true passion in life.

Orchestral Percussion Workshops