How to Keep Classical Music Alive for the Next Generation?
Seasons greetings. I hope you all have a fantastic festive season and looking forward to what ew year offers. As for me, I sung 3 performances of Handel’s essiah and am just beginning to ramp up for Christmas services…
If you are reading this blog, chances are, music is a real passion for you. For me, classical music has so much to offer and I’d like to share some ways to help keep it alive modern audiences. It is pleasing to me that there every more younger audience members attending our concerts but if we don’t keep things moving we could end up with the aging population only attending concerts. Here are some ways I believe we can help keep the art of classical music alive.
It All starts with Education
Yes, you read right. Music education is declining rapidly here in Australia and in order to keep classical music alive we need to work towards having music taught in our schools. aAll schools, both public and private needs to have a music program, where children can learn to sing, play and music. a I was blessed with such an education but sadly it is lacking today. a
It begins even earlier than that, with programmed such as kindermusik, kinder-beat and mainly music… all designed to introduce musical concepts to children, while at same time improving parent-child interactions, literacy skills and language development.
Use Modern Composers along-side Standard orchestral Music
I’ve already seen orchestras such the the Melbourne Symphony do this. ax’s all in the programming; a modern work is placed along-side a more traditional classical piece. Audiences love the familiarity of the standard concert pieces but in order to keep younger members coming, we must also have the modern music as well. Composers still need to be recognized for their achievements and it is good for all of us as classical music concert-goers to expand and musically.