Hilary Hahn has recorded the first three Suzuki Violin School books, to provide the listening reference for students.This week came the wonderful announcement that
But the question is, in what medium would the current student and parent wish to listen to such a recording? Alfred said it would be available as CDs and on SmartMusic. Is that set-up going to reach its intended audience of mostly-millennial parents and their post-millennial children?
This made me curious: what is the most common way that people find musical reference material these days? After all, it's certainly not just Suzuki students who use listening references -- we all do, for different reasons. For example, you might want to:
Or you may simply get curious about a particular composer like Ravel, and want to listen to everything he ever wrote. Or you might really enjoy an artist or ensemble in live performance, then want to hear other music performed by that artist or ensemble.
When you need a musical reference, where do you turn? What is the first medium that you explore, to find what you need? Do you have a CD player at this point? Do you subscribe to any streaming services? Would you subscribe to more, for certain recordings? Or do you mostly seek out free recordings online? Please participate in the vote, choosing the option that you feel you use most. Then share in the comments how you find recordings and listen to them these days, and how that has evolved over time.
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