How can we keep classical music from ending up six feet under? (Photo by Ben Salter)
There are plenty of saucy articles floating around questioning classical music as a dying art, such as these treasures:
HOW TO KEEP CLASSICAL MUSIC ALIVE
I don't know what all the statistics are — ticket sales, CD and digital music sales, concert attendance, radio traffic — but I do know that the best way to
INSTRUMENTS IN THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE
To use a gardening analogy, if you want to grow a garden full of produce or flowers or fruits, the first step is to plant seeds. Likewise, if you want beautiful music to be produced in your community, the first step is to get instruments into the hands of the people, especially the children.
Not to say that children are the only one who can play, but the majority of professional musicians who have found success started playing at a young age.
THE THREE ACTIONS THAT PERPETUATE MUSIC
Orchestra concert attendance, ticket sales, and symphony bankruptcies are only a portion of the picture. In the grand scheme, the continuation of music as a lasting tradition is based on three foundational elements:
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