Why Play Classical Music?

Hi everyone. Some of you have been contacting me asking why classical music is even necessary. Since my musical background began with playing this genre, I thought it appropriate to discuss why playing this centuries-old genre is important. So, here goes…

Improves Focus

Musicians must stay focused when playing classical music. With all the factors involved in successfully playing this genre, it is far too easy to miss things. To say classical composers are focused, is an understatement.

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Improves Counting Skills
As frustrating as it may be, classical composers are forever and a day challenging musician’s counting abilities. Musicians must keep track of extensive measures of rest, how many beats are in a measure, and start all over if need be.

If you don’t believe me, next orchestral performance you attend – look at how discreetly some of the musicians will be counting on their fingers. That’s why their expressions are so blank. They are concentrating and counting.

Teaches Honing Abilities
Many classical composers “stole” from each other. Only this was done in a non-threatening, sharing manner. Throughout pieces, listeners will catch a “clip” that sounds familiar. It increases listener’s attention while also stirring “where do I know that from” thoughts. Fun and challenging…

Improves Listening Skills
Classical music develops, and improves, listening skills. Different instruments come into play, either individually or collaborately. Listeners will start to recognize how a violin differs from a viola, cello from a bass, and flute from a piccolo.

Enhances Musical Appreciation
Once a musician plays a classical music composition, thoughts of “how”, “why”, and “what about” come into play. Suddenly, different parts of music start to make sense. It’s a very interesting area – in my opinion.

Improves Technical Ability
This goes without saying. Classical compositions are known for fast trills, sixteenth notes, and other similar notations that keep a musician’s fingers and embouchure moving.

Puts To Life Practice Sessions

So many times when learning to play an instrument, practice sessions seem mind-bogging, frustrating, and boring. Thoughts of “why bother?” come to mind. Playing scales was the foundation for learning to play my flute. Why? These delights are found throughout all musical compositions.

Practicing scales pays off in so many ways.

Well, that’s about it for now. Hope this has been an insightful piece for you from someone who is a classically-trained musician.

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Wedding Music Playlist

Hi everyone. Some of you have contacted me requesting more information about my classical wedding music playlist and/or library. If you have a favorite, just let me know and we can work something out. My repertoire is far more diverse than what is listed in this post.

Compositions I have played include some of the most requested pieces of all time. These are as follows:

March of Priests – Mozart
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – Mozart
Ava Maria – Schubert
Rondeau – Mouret
Nocture Op. 2 No.2 – Chopin
Dance of Swans – Tchiakovsky
Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke
Air on G String – Bach
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire – Bach
Brandenburg Concerto 3 – Bach
Canon in D Major – Pachelbel
Always – Irving Berlin
Sleeping Beauty – Tchiakovsky
Four Seasons, Spring – Vivaldi
Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
Others…

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How Cartoons and Media Increase Classical Music Exposure

With so many genres of music available, there is always something for everyone’s tastes. To some, however, classical music is a mystery. Let’s see how cartoons and media increase classical music exposure. This entertainment form, known for bringing laughs, offers so much more….

Do you enjoy watching classic cartoons like Looney Tunes and Disney? You likely heard some classical music. These two companies were responsible for bringing this genre to a younger generation back in the 40’s. How’s that you say?

Classical music was reaching a point of dwindling interest during this period. Cartoons, on the other hand, were increasing in popularity. Combining the two was the perfect solution. Case in point…

RABBIT OF SEVILLE
Have you seen the Rabbit Of Seville? This delightfully entertaining cartoon uses Gioachino Antonio Rossini’s ‘Barber of Seville’ operatic music masterpiece as the theme throughout the entire feature. Lyrics are synchronized to the music and sung throughout the cartoon.

Remember the barbershop scene? No singing occurs, just the perfect blend of music and cartoon animation. Perfect. Listen carefully to the music playing when Bugs is the barber and Elmer is his customer. Bugs is “shampooing” Elmer’s head. The music adds excitement, mood changes, and ambiance all at once. How can anyone not enjoy classical music after watching/hearing that?!

FIGARO
There is another Looney Tunes favorite featuring an opera singer performing with Bugs as the conductor. The longer the singer belts out the note, his face turns red and his necktie bursts. Of course, Bugs encourages it. The music being performed is the classical piece composed by Mozart titled ‘The Marriage of Figaro’. Fantastic!

LONE RANGER
“HI HO SILVER AWAAAY!” That well-known tune is actually taken from a classical music masterpiece known as ‘The William Tell Overture’ composed by Gioachino Antonio Rossini. As any classically-trained musician knows, this lively piece is played after a long drawn-out “calm before the storm” segment.

There are plenty of other examples where classical music entertains us without us ever having to sit in a symphony chair. Enjoy!

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