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Next Steps for our industry?

The new NEA study talks about diminishing experience of the arts in the general society, which is only the summary of what we have all been experiencing for some years!! For me the solution has been to be willing to … Continue reading

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Classical Music, Education and the Chinese

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The Elephant in the Room

For the last few weeks there has been much written about the arts and humanities programs being shut down in our nation’s colleges and universities. Both Stanley Fish, and the president of Cornell University, David J Skorton had articles on … Continue reading

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The Quibble Factor: Making Classical Music “Cool”

Making classical music “cool” (for lack of a better word) is our goal. Let’s not quibble over the word classical – let’s give it a big umbrella and work to make it popular. Once something is in the mainstream it … Continue reading

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A Drop in the Bucket.

So you’re probably wondering what I might be writing about…or maybe not, but here goes! Many of today’s pundits are talking about the serious problems in the classical music industry – a reflection of our difficult economic times as well … Continue reading

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About Barbara Siesel

Welcome to Classical Music is Alive and Well … Isn’t It? I’m going to be blogging (what a word) about music, music education and the state of creativity and innovation in our country.  You may ask what qualifies me to do … Continue reading

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