The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music education: Composer Robert Schumann and cellist Steven Isserlis offer advice to young people about going into music | September 16, 2016

By Jacob Stockinger

Schools are back in session – public and private K-12 elementary, middle and high schools, and colleges and universities, including Edgewood College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

And private music lessons have started up again after a summer break.

So it seems only fitting to offer advice to young people who are thinking about becoming musicians.

Such advice comes from two very good sources, one older and one newer: The Romantic German composer Robert Schumann (below top) and the acclaimed contemporary British cellist Steven Isserlis (below bottom).

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Schumann (1810-1846) wrote a book (below) with his advice to young musicians. Then Isserlis updated that book with his commentaries.

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You can get a good sample of its contents, from practicing to performing, from the entry on the blog “Only Strings” that is written by local musician Paul Baker (below), who also hosts a radio program for WSUM, the award-winning student-run radio station at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Here is a link:

https://onlystringswsum.wordpress.com/2016/08/30/what-to-think-about-when-youre-thinking-about-being-a-musician/

Paul Baker at WSUM

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2 Comments »

  1. Is Robert Schumann the best role model for young people? Didn’t he end up in an insane asylum? Better, and a better musician, would be his wife, Clara Schumann.

    Comment by fflambeau — September 16, 2016 @ 8:52 pm

  2. Last night’s viola/piano/percussion recital was superb. Looking forward to Pro Arte Quartet concert Sept. 28.

    Comment by Larry Retzack — September 16, 2016 @ 9:22 am


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