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

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

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