These articles respond to one of the top five most important concerns of my online readers according to the Annual Reader Survey 2015. They help you clarify why you are passionate about live music and how to convey that passion to others. Hint: playing a technically perfect concert isn’t it.

Browse at your leisure, or dive straight into them. Then join in the conversations in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter.

  • Everybody Needs Everybody What’s the motivation? Because when every individual is doing the best they possible can, then the ensemble as a whole is inevitably going to be an awesome thing!
  • Just HOW OLD are you?! In order to accomplish anything in this world we have to understand how the world around us operates and approaches life.
  • For real: you are about to lose internet access Net neutrality is in danger of disappearing. An open Internet is important for fans of #classicalmusic because it is important for everyone.
  • What’s true about program notes? Program notes, Wikipedia and every other source on the planet exist as support material. In fact, you will never be able to read or write enough words about music.
  • Getting stuck in the instructions It is a mistake to think that notation and sheet music is all there is to recreating music. There is so much more to music than just the notes on the page!
  • 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.
  • 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…
  • 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?
  • 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…
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • Free #concerthacker cheat sheet People have questions about classical music. You probably have questions about classical music. Here’s one answer to many questions about classical music: Go to a live concert. But then that probably raises even more questions than before. In fact, I asked over 15,000 people what their BIGGEST question about live classical music concerts was, and came up with five primary ...
  • 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.
  • Patti – dictate enjoyment We don’t get to dictate who is allowed to enjoy art. There is a contradictory message in saying art is everywhere, everyone has the potential for creative expression and engages in it more often than they realized…and then put out a call for all that to be withdrawn.
  • Rogers – Change Minds People’s minds are changed through observation and not through argument.
  • James Reid – keep awake If it’s getting late and I really need to get some sleep I really should not click on your latest offerings here . If I do, bells & whistles always go off in my brain & I’m up for hours thinking, when I should be sleeping. I look really worn out but ...
  • Which Musical Character are YOU? Piano outsideAfter categorizing the four primary types of people who involve themselves in music-related activities, I became interested to find out how many of each type are in my own musical world.
  • Traster DCB “Great time conducting the Dunedin Concert Band; very nice bunch of fine musicians! Their director, Stephen Brown, is happenin’.”