We have been sitting at home, alone with our instruments, for over a year now. Clearly, this makes it difficult for most of us to motivate ourselves and keep practising. The good news is: Many amateur music groups are still very active. They organise online get-togethers for playing and chatting, they host charity events and even recitals.
A group of Austrian music therapists provides free online support during lockdown. On their platform lieblingslied.at (favourite song), anyone can submit a song. By speaking about the song and its personal meaning, the music therapist then offers a positive outlook in times of crisis. (Read the full article in German).
Musicians like pianist Igor Levit and violinist Daniel Hope stream concerts from their living rooms during lockdown. Amateur pianists get together to make music online. We are all doing our best to cope with the situation. And yet, we are missing the experience of live concerts tremendously. So we have put together a few links of platforms for live stream concerts. While streaming can never be a replacement for the live experience, it also has its charm. At least, we can now “travel” virtually to concert halls all over the world while sitting on our sofa. (For the time being, check out the links provided in the German version of this article.)
REM‘s “Losing my religion” is playing at my local grocery store – and I can’t help but think of my senior year. When did I last hear this song? Wasn’t it only yesterday that I was listening to it, dancing the night away… I think we all know the feeling. Listening to music from our past makes images come alive – scientists call this “neural nostalgia”. So if you are not just a music lover, but want to experience flow in your writing, read on to see how you can use music as creative inspiration.
In the last few months, we certainly learned how to work and learn online. It has become normal to discuss with others virtually, in our jobs, or private lives – and we even make music together online. In April, we had a look at a few useful online tools for music lovers and will continue our mini series now. (Read also part I and part II). The online platform Kadenze is designed for artists and musicians and offers lots of courses on „Music Composition“, „Music Technology“, „Music Theory“ oder „Music Performance“. Some of them are available free-of-charge. The full article is available in the German version.
Everyone has heard of the achievements of sportspeople with disabilities in the Paralympics. But when it comes to inclusion in music making, there is still a huge lack of awareness among teachers, parents, retailers and the disabled community. Several organisations in the UK are working together to change that. MUSEDU recently participated in a webinar on inclusive music making and spoke to Rachel Wolffsohn from the OHMI Trust.
… when I’m retired!
I hear this sentence all the time. Why add another obligation to our busy lives when we are in our thirties or forties? Many people seem to believe that taking lessons and practising the piano, violin or flute takes too much time and energy. They may be afraid that it could turn out to be a lonely and frustrating activity. And yet, I chose a different path…
Curious? Read MUSEDU’s full guest article in the CrossEyedPianist blog!
Pianist Ineke Hellingman and violinist Angelina Georgiadi run the non-profit association Euphonia in Vienna. They organise inspiring house concerts as well as cultural crossover events. Before the lockdown, MUSEDU spoke to the two young musicians about their projects. Corona put their activities on hold. We hope they will be continued soon. In the meantime, read about the philosophy behind their musical events – and support them on Patreon. (The full article is available in the German version.)
Meetup groups bring people together who share a common interest. At local piano meetups worldwide, people make music and meet fellow (amateur) pianists. In times of social distancing, some of these groups organise online activities. MUSEDU spoke to hosts based in Canada, the UK and the US about their experiences with this format.