Opinion

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Democracy and Music
Looking at the history of music, it hasn’t always been the most democratic art form in the world. Religion and royalty held sway over music-making and music performance for a long time. Joseph Haydn had his employer, Prince Esterhazy. Beethoven
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Cancelling Classical Music
I have always thought that music was inclusive. If you didn’t like a certain type of music, it was because you didn’t like the style, not what its creator represented to you. But that was not always the case. For
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A Digital Cultural Life
Can you experience cultural enrichment in a virtual world? Another way of looking at this question is if our foremost experience of culture had always been gleaned digitally, would it be a lesser one? COVID-19 has vastly changed our cultural
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There’s No “Quick Fix” to Learning to Play an Instrument
The internet is full of articles promising to help you learn to play an instrument: – Learn to play in just 4 weeks!– Play piano in 10 easy steps– 5 ways to become a great pianist As one of my
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The Tide of Practice
Practicing is the musician’s day-to-day work and when done well it is undertaken with the focus and concentration of an elite athlete to achieve the necessary technical and artistic facility to perform complex repertoire. As a child, learning the piano
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The Language of Music
Music is a universal language and Italian is, largely, the language of music itself. It’s everywhere, nestled in amidst the dots and squiggles of the score, directing the musicians to play loudly (forte), or quietly (piano), or more quickly (accelerando)
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Creating a Good Syllabus for Graded Music Exams
A new music exam syllabus is always eagerly anticipated by teachers and there’s a great deal of pleasure and excitement in browsing the new selection of music and considering which pieces will appeal to our students and which ones we
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Top 10 Pianists (?)
A reflection on the obsession with rankings I have to apologise that this is a clickbait. This is not going to be a list of top 10 pianists or anything like that. But before you close this tab, I would
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