Knowing is Half the Battle

I recently received a master's degree in music.  That means I am qualified to tell you how to play  bassoon, how to construct different musical forms, or what was going on in the world when Shostakovich wrote his ninth symphony.  Most of the topics that I can ramble on about are boring and irrelevant to a listener or … Continue reading Knowing is Half the Battle

Why I’m Confident About the Bright Future of Music – Part 2

In Part 1, NEC President Tony Woodcock explained his optimism for the future of music by listing several inspiring examples of individuals and organizations. This week, he continues that list in part 2.  Music is a healing art. My friend Peter Renshaw of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London has written powerfully about … Continue reading Why I’m Confident About the Bright Future of Music – Part 2

Why I’m Confident about the Bright Future of Music – Part 1

By Tony Woodcock Watching New England Conservatory’s Class of 2014 graduate and saying farewell to our fifth class of Sistema Fellows, I find myself extraordinarily proud of these young musicians and therefore greatly optimistic about the bright future of music. I observe the innovative accomplishments of our students and alumni and watch the progress of the Fellows as … Continue reading Why I’m Confident about the Bright Future of Music – Part 1