What are some changes you would like to see in the world and/or culture of classical music?


*More practical training for musicians. Private lessons, ensembles, theory, and music history are all valuable, but in the end, even the most brilliant teacher or talented performer will not succeed if they don’t understand basic business principles. I know far too many wonderful players who are underemployed because they don’t understand how to market themselves, behave professionally, network, etc.
*More emphasis on community outreach and education! Why don’t music degrees require community service? Music is a wonderful tool for social change, and spending hours by yourself in a practice room is not how you make the world a better place. I think that classical music’s focus on accomplishment and talent promote a wonderful culture that values hard work and excellent art, and there are a lot of ways to share this culture that are being underexploited. Everyone doesn’t have to be a prodigy who practices 8 hrs/day, but everybody can benefit from the beauty, work ethic, and interpersonal skills that music provides. Let’s start sharing!
A general advance in understanding of how better technique can be acquired, so that fewer fail because of “bad prescriptions.” Less myth and wider spread awareness of what really works, fundamentally, and practically.
A growth of composers looking not to change music but a growth of an appreciation towards music changing how composers are composing.
A much greater appreciation and literacy for classical music (and fine art in general)
More respect for the music profession, attendance to concerts, value of teachers, etc
As of now I feel as if performance has become more for show and virtuosity rather than deeply connecting to the music itself. Some performers are more worried about their facial expressions or their hair flip, and I’d like people to realize that those physical behaviors does not necessarily mean the music itself is good.
Can be more active and positive (classical music)
Common courtesy. Your average listener at a symphony concert generally doesn’t know not to be a disruption visually or audibly.
For classical musicians who spend hours practicing in solitude to realize that classical music as an art form is dying and something needs to be done about it.
Having it be more accessible to people who don’t really listen to classical, bc it’s a shame that some really great pieces are not that well known to the rest of the world
I would like to see it become less stuffy, which I think is already happening. Less concerned with propriety and perfection (although we should always be pursuing excellence!) and more interested in the enjoyment of music and its powers to express human emotions. I love hearing about the community outreach groups which are starting to bring classical music into informal environments so that children, or outsiders, can explore and even participate in classical music. I’d also love it if classical music performances in general could be made more accessible to those who can’t afford to go, or who don’t understand classical music (perhaps some educational lectures or audience participation should be explored). Increased community involvement, interaction, and education could only be a positive thing.
I would love to see elitism and snobbery in the classical music world go the way of the dinosaur. Classical music lovers have no right to whine about the lack of young people in concert halls today when formal clothing is required, cell phone use is restricted, and it’s taboo to clap in between movements. If classical musicians want to expand their audience, they need to start playing informal concerts where normal people like to go. No more stuffy concert halls and $180 dollar tickets. Music should be free.
I’d like to see more young people at symphony concerts. I’d like to see more support from government institutions to make classical music a staple of our culture they way it is in parts of Europe. I’d like to see the audition process shift it’s focus back to finding the best musician rather than the “most perfect player” or the person with the best connections.
It’s really amazing to see how much music has changed over time and across cultures. It’s also pretty much a coin toss when it comes to what’s next for music since people are constantly inventing new ways to produce sounds and create music. But if I had a choice in it all, I’d love to see music go backward instead of forward, straying from the 20/21st century and reevaluating what was created in previous periods. It would be cool to have people creating/recreating in styles that were foundational building blocks to music itself and just applying everything we know now on those types of music. I’m sure this has already been done in some form, but that knowledge exceeds me.
More classical music outside of the concert hall, and a greater variety of it. I think classical music is moving this way, but in today’s society we have access to so much music, and I’d love to see more of it being played and introduced to new audiences (or old audiences hearing new music). Anyone can find a recording of Beethoven’s 9th if that’s what they want to listen to (but I certainly don’t want to stop studying and performing pieces like Beethoven’s 9th!) A healthier balance can be found.
More exaggeration in tempo changes and rubato. Casual performances of chamber music. For guitar, we have few opportunities to just get a group together and play, so I would like to have that chance. I’d like to see more classical musicians trying electronic music in appreciation and in performance. Also, some more integration of modern music into traditional programming. And along those lines, creative programming, in that the recital is not the only format for solo or small group performers.
More focus on God.
My biggest wish is this: I would like to see students helping each other more – perhaps having a buddy system or students teaching each other. This also reaches other facets of classical music life… I wish that performers and composers went to each other’s concerts more. I wish that people knew enough modern music to understand what is high quality and powerful, and what is poorly done. That way, students could play the music written now, not just the (admittedly rich) “standard” repertoire. The other thing I would like to see is an emphasis made on moving people’s emotions, not just their intellects. Of the dozens of performances I went to in the past year, I enjoyed many, I was interested in many, but I was moved only by 2 or 3.
Song that can connect with both audiences that are uneducated about the classical genre and those that are educated in classical music.
The main change I would love to see is a moving away from the rather narrow minded and ?? mindset that the classical world has become known for. I want there to be no reason for anyone to think that a certain timbre or idea does not belong in the genre. Obviously if one does not enjoy something, that is simply a matter of personal taste, but to have someone dictate what does or does not belong in a form of art is ridiculous, and to me, the classical community is the worst offender of this.
We have to teach people about how great music is. Classical music is perceived as stodgy and boring, for old people, but we know that’s not true. We have to teach everyone how exciting and interesting and beautiful it is. We can’t blame people for not being interested in classical music, when they don’t know anything about it.
We need to practice improvising more.
Worldwide: Broader cultural awareness and respect; balancing the individual over the ego. Classical Music Culture: Embrace sound, music in all its forms; not superimpose “cult” value systems which reject everything else by nature.
So much more new and early music! So many performers are caught up in very late baroque to the beginning of the 20th century. Also i think the way we present classical music needs to move away from formality and into more relaxed, casual settings. This music is too awesome to sit silently and expressionless through! Dance! Drink!

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