22. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

‘Good music is a stress-buster’

Good music is a stress management tool. If students do not learn music, they should at least listen to good classical music or classical-based music…

I’m giving you a snippet of something I just read. I’m going to guess that most who read this blog are going to think it’s about classical music.

And it is.

Here’s more:

Each student should learn music, vocal or any instrument of their choice, and spend an hour every day in practice, he advised students at a lecture demonstration organised at Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan on Sunday.

At exam time, the students can focus on their academics, but during the rest of the year they should spend time learning and practicing music, he advised. A good beginning would be to form a listeners’ club and listen to classical music — Hindustani or Carnatic — and even film songs that are based on classical music were good, he suggested.

We Western classical folk aren’t the only ones … :-)

RTWT

22. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

When you have a good enough reed, then the oboe has one of the most beautiful voices ever. It can be bittersweet, spicy and plaintive and make the listener laugh or cry. The sound alone is what makes it all worthwhile and you have to be totally in love with that to make it a joy to play through all the frustration and hard work.

RTWT

22. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

Does playing oboe vs the clarinet help in Ivy League admissions?
I play clarinet and saxiphone and I’m a rising senior and I want to know if starting oboe at this point would help me in getting into a top 20 college

Please please please play oboe because you love oboe. Please don’t play oboe because you think it’s your college ticket.

Sure, it can be a ticket to college, but you need to be good at it. Or maybe you need to be great. It depends upon the school. Picking up oboe at the last minute is too little too late. It’s also a very obvious thing to do and the admissions folks see through it.

22. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

Getting distracted from the movie by the music in it, thinking to myself “omg that bassoon solo!” or “that english horn part was so cool!”