Many people think that they have to travel to the city to hear great music, but really there is a ton of stuff happening right in our back yard. For example, check out this article about venues in Kennett Square. There's a lot going on around here that sometimes goes under the radar, but hopefully this helps.
A great article from jazz musician Kurt Ellenberger regarding the challenges of being an artist in today's economy. Sobering, but an honest view, and hopefully useful for the up-and-coming student who is considering a career in music.
For musicians, practicing is a fact of life. For professionals, it's a basic part of our daily existence, our past, our very being. But for aspiring musicians, it is often regarded with negative feelings. As a teacher I find that more often than not the missing element of a student's development is their complete lack of insight into how to practice. This is not a slight against my students; I too spent countless hours fighting this same challenge. Literally years were spent not knowing how to practice…
I've been meaning to put up a link to this article for some time now. One of the really important albums in jazz history turned 50 this summer and this is a great write up about one of the more fascinating pieces of music that I have ever heard. A great read, and if you've got the time and focus, a great listen. Enjoy!