Healing Impatience With Music

Dear readers, You might be curious why I would start a blog post with such a strange title. Did it get your attention? Are you a naturally impatient person? If so, join the club! We can celebrate together. Now that I have given my full disclosure, let’s talk about how we can (hopefully) reverse that trait […]

Classical Music for Children

Perhaps one of the most well thought-out and brilliantly put together classical music for children’s series on DVD is the “Classical Baby” collection marketed through HBO and directed/produced by Amy Schatz. The executive director is Sheila Nevins and other producers are Sabina Barach, Beth Levinson, and Dolores Morris. While it is not recommended by the American Academy of […]

How to Choose the Best Violin Shoulder Rest

Today, we delve dangerously close to a hot topic in the violin world – it involves the violin shoulder rest. Rather than commenting on the pros and cons of this unwinnable battle (see the 101 comments on violinist.com about this if you don’t believe me), I will use the space below to talk about what […]

How Music Affects Children

I recently came across a fantastic BBC Magazine article called “A Point of View: Why it’s time to turn the music off“. This editorial, written by writer and philosopher Roger Scruton, bemoans the fact that we as a society have used and abused music to the point of idolatry. Although Mr. Scruton did not specifically […]

What is culture?

About 10 days ago, I had an interesting discussion with my father about culture. We were talking about why culture is necessary in society and what its benefits are to our society. Yet, what puzzled me was the fact that not once did we really talk about what culture is. Culture seems to be one […]

Music and the Spirit

Dear readers, Today’s article is about Music and the Spirit. It is written for musicians but music lovers will also very much appreciate the points below. Have you ever listened to a piece of music and had chills run down your spine? I’m not talking about the bad kind of chills you get from being […]