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Considering music lessons?  Discover the benefits… The more we read about the benefits of taking music lessons, the more we realise how fortunate we were to be studying, playing in ensembles, and generally discovering music from a young age. In a perfect world, we think that some kind of music activity should be on everyone’s

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25 years and thriving

Thursday, 29 November 2012 by
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/naxoss-25-years-of-reinventing-itself/2012/11/08/17231344-1877-11e2-9855-71f2b202721b_print.html Ah, Naxos.  For those of you not familiar, Naxos has been, since the 1980s, a major force in classical music recording.  As I started to buy my own recordings in the late 1980s, Naxos was a major source of puzzlement for me – why were these CDs so cheap ($4.99 or cheaper instead of

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The online music universe is buzzing with discussion about a piece penned by the associate principal trumpet of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Russell DeVuyst, regarding conductors and the “cult of charisma”. (Check it out if only for the conductor joke at the end). In it, Mr DeVuyst exposes the current mania for conductors as

Lost: One horn player

Thursday, 08 November 2012 by
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On lost opportunities and the value of music education I had an interesting conversation recently with someone I met at a networking event.  Nine years ago, she had been accepted into music college to study horn.  She turned down the offer based on recommendations from her school teacher and instrument teacher and stopped playing entirely.

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Practice makes perfect!

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 by
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Music Practice Advice – Answering your questions   We often get for music practice advice – Questions such as “How much should I (or my child) be practicing)?” or “How can I practice best with limited time available?”.    The quick answer to that is “Ask your teacher” because s/he has the insight on the

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