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Welcome to Music Today & Tomorrow

This is my way of sharing ideas about contemporary music (which for this purpose, means ‘classical’ music of the 20th & 21st centuries) and about preparing the next generation of musicians.

When talking about the next generation I mean ‘musicians’ very much with a ‘small m’, because one of the things I feel very strongly about is that for too long, music education (particularly instrumental) has been based on the conservatory model, with teachers often dismissing students as lacking in promise, talent, potential or whatever, in a system that often insists on ‘ear tests’ before admitting students to lessons at all!  This means that the innumerable benefits of musical activity are denied those who do not fit the conservatory model. More later.

Likewise, I want to share ideas about where contemporary musical thinking is going. I know where mine is going, and it’s in the opposite direction to those who want to go back to tonal structures and write in styles called ‘neo’ this, that or the other!  Issues such as this, and others, will be explored in time.

I look forward to some interesting discussion as a result of my posts over a period … possibly an extended period, because, in view of all the things I have to do, I think this blog might take some time to develop!

Robert Lennon

  1. Dr. David W. Roe permalink

    I am enjoying all your articles Robert although I just received them and have only scanned their contents. But I will study them further I am sure. I am a composer, conductor, trombonist, and teacher in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Retired but still very much involved in music. Dr. David W. Roe

  2. Thanks Robert, I totally agree with your thoughts about the serious limitations of the ‘conservatory model’. Just like every other area of human activity, music also has its elitists :( Good on you for addressing this issue!

  3. Yes, I agree…there are too many disappointed students out there who think they have failed in life just because the ‘system’ didn’t give them the big tick of approval!

  4. Ronit Rieser permalink

    I especially agree with your comments on the different functions of the brain hemispheres. I have watched the dominant left brain shut down the ability of a student to hear pitch, rhythm and quality of sound as that student attempts to read the music. As soon as I take the book away, the student begins to play the piece considerably better.

  5. Greetings from South West Scotland. I would like to hope that you remember me, I certainly do pretty well every time I practice the trumpet or flugelhorn. It is always with gratitude that I recall you.

    I am going to have to find time to give your site attention as on first encounter it looks interesting and extensive. I hope you are well and enjoying your life and continuing to inspire and encourage others others as you did me.

    • Robert Lennon permalink

      Of course I remember you George! You will always have my admiration for the effort you put into taking up the trumpet again after a break of several years.

      Your comments are very kind, but let’s not forget that your own considerable dedication and determination were the primary factors in your success in taking up the instrument again and in your subsequent achievements.

      I hope you enjoy the rest of the site and your further comments will be most welcome.

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