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Music for Rosetta

Dear friends of OnlineMusicClass, in these days we had the chance to assist to the crucial moment of the Rosetta mission, the landing of Philae on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

For the first time a human construction land on a comet. It’s a huge historical event! It is so important that I’ve offered to many composers to write a simphony that would remind to and celebrate this moment (some compositions with this purpose have already been written by  Vangelis). I didn’t really expect for someone to accept the challenge, but, alas, I haven’t even noticed the same enthusiasm I had. In fact, mostly no one among those I know is as much enthusiastic about this event as I am and I have to admit that this make me sad.

Rosetta logoEither way, to balance out my disappointment, I decided to organize here in OMC, for you loyal readers, a concert in honor of this mission with famous classical tracks directed by the greatest director and played by the greatest performer. Continua a leggere

Suzuki method, the biggest fraud in the history of music?

Over the past 50 years, millions of little musicians are learning to play their instruments using the Suzuki method . And now turns out a truth that could take down this kind of learning: the truth of the fraud.

What exactly is this type of method? There are a lot of really good ideas in this approach , but there is a bad central idea: the imitation . Basically, children learn to play by imitation , replaying the same notes and melodies in a mechanical way.

The violin teacher Mark O’Connor (who is also the inventor of another method, based more on ear training but with similar points with the criticized system ) accused dr.Suzuki of being a liar. Mr. O’Connor has posted on his blog a page from the Conservatory of Music in Berlin where dr. Suzuki confirmed that he had studied which shows that Dr.Suzuki , at age 24 in 1923 , was rejected after his failed audition .
Shinichi Suzuki did not learn the art of violin by any great teacher. Basically self-taught , he started at 18 and has never had access to a position in the orchestra.

I think this is the worst way of teaching music. Ok , it’s working , maybe for someone , but this method can open only the technical side of playing music. And we have forgotten that music is an emotional issue first?

Teach rapidly tons of music , even the most difficult ones , such as Chopin , Debussy , Ravel, without having any kind of emotional preparation .

A good performer is the one who can get a feeling from a melody , and being fascinated and changed by emotions he is able to transfer them to the listener. It’s unimaginable that a 3/4 years old musician (if you take a look at Youtube you can find several “child prodigies” )is able to understand and process emotions coming from a Notturno and transfer them only after learning how technically play that notturno.

I believe that this method contributes more to create robots – musicians.

And as for their time ? Childhood is not a waste of time , and several families ” invest ” on the child hoping one day he’ll become a well known name in classical music field.The child must repeat and repeat , play every day in a mechanical way . Sounds more like a job in a factory than a childhood with the music.

The most emotive musical expression comes just from emotion. Maybe it would be better to teach children music with the craziest approach ever, without a single music sheet if it become another way to turn out a robotic players without emotion generation.
At this time, in the British Suzuki Institute opinion,there is more than a quarter of milion of musicians that are learning how to play with this method, taught by over 8000 teachers.