Connecting the future with the past.
The Neglected Muse: Why Music is an Essential Liberal Art
We are shaped not only by music, but also by our opinions about music.
Education, Just for fun
An Amateur’s Week with Beethoven’s “Harp” Quartet
What do amateurs glean from a week spent inundated by one piece of music?
The Virtue of Irrelevance
Group mentality has invaded the world of education in ways that threaten the young.
Youth Concerts: A Critique
Denigrating the intelligence of our audience is profoundly wrongheaded.
Business, Composition, Education
Classical Music’s New Golden Age
The present-day abundance of classical music is a testament to its deep roots in human feeling.
Composition, Education, Philosophy
The Post-Modern Ear
Serious composers must work on the rhythms of everyday life.
However impoverished a student’s experience, his taste will not remain at the level of ‘that’s what I like.’
Concerning Conservatories I: The Appeal of Entrepreneurship
There is, indeed, something very wrong with the state of higher music education in this country.
Concerning Conservatories II: Social Activism and the Cry for Creativity
The modern tendency is to reject the purpose and the primacy of the European classical canon itself.
Concerning Conservatories III: A Tale of Caution and Renewal
It is very possible that, by chasing “relevance,” our conservatories will make themselves irrelevant.
Beauty in Music: Inspiration and Excellence
Education is the training of the sensibilities to love that which is worth loving.
Education, Philosophy, Roots
Tonality Now: Finding a Groove
The history of instrumental music and that of the cult of listening are interwoven with the history of the Church.
Education, Philosophy, Spotlight
In Defense of Elitism
There’s a danger if every public decision is made by the majority for the majority.
Orchestrate a Renaissance
It’s born of ideas and grows from the heart. But it doesn’t catch fire till we all jump in.