Violinist.com discussion post posted by Gracie Hayes, asking for thoughts about the negative/positive culture of classical music community.I was inspired for this week's vote by a recent
Classical music culture - it's a complicated topic! Certainly there exists a reputation for negativity, in forms such as snobbishness, competitiveness and exclusivity. But do we deserve that reputation?
One thing to consider is the culture of the concert hall. People have long argued that it can be a stuffy and intimidating place, with rules that make newbies potentially feel foolish, if one does something innocent like clapping between movements of a symphony. But is that snobbish, or just something that gives listeners the space and silence to experience this particular kind of music?
Then there is the culture of learning an instrument such as the violin - the perfectionistic expectations, the insane amount of practice required, the expense, the stage parents, the competition and comparision from peers. Negative? Or is there another side? Perhaps there is a great deal to be gained by those who take on the challenge of learning an instrument such as the violin, viola or cello - the striving, the hard work and dedication that comes with practice, and the feeling of accomplishment when you set out to do something that seems truly impossible, then you do it anyway.
I certainly see two sides to this coin, but for the sake of conversation, I'm going to ask you to come down on the side of one or the other, even if it is pretty close for you. Does it tip to the positive or to the negative side? Please participate in the vote, and tell us in the comments about your thoughts. What do you find positive? And what do you find negative? And how can we affect change, to turn those negatives into positives?
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