Be Like Beethoven: Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle

by Terry Wolkowicz Could Beethoven be the answer to solving the world’s growing plastic pollution problem? If you ask any of the 4,800 children living along the South Coast of Massachusetts, their answer would be a resounding yes! During the 2018-2019 Learning in Concert program, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra partnered with over 55 local … Continue reading Be Like Beethoven: Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle

Giving Young People a Voice: El Sistema USA

by Amy Nathan “Music is my life. I will never stop playing cello,” says Vanessa Johnson, one of the young people whose early experiences with music are featured in the book The Music Parents’ Survival Guide, published in 2014. Since more than five years have passed since this book went to press, we are checking in … Continue reading Giving Young People a Voice: El Sistema USA

You’re Never Too Old, Busy or Rusty to Make Music

A lack of confidence in their musical abilities may hold back some would-be music-makers, caused by feelings left over from less-than-positive childhood musical experiences. Luckily, it is possible to reboot as an adult by trying a different instrument or type of music, finding beginner-friendly ensembles, joining music support groups, forging more collegial teacher-student relationships and realizing that recitals are optional for adults.