Welcome to Music Today & Tomorrow

RL Milan Hello and welcome to my site! It is dedicated to discussion of issues surrounding music education and contemporary music, which for these purposes, means ‘classical’ music of the 20th & 21st centuries.

I believe passionately that music (particularly instrumental music) and the performing arts in general, as integral elements of any child’s education, can play a vital role in developing the personal skills and qualities that, eventually, employers will look for: qualities that may well form the basis of their hiring decisions, since all candidates for a particular position will have similar academic qualifications. So there is part of my answer to the question frequently asked by parents, “How will it help her to get a job?”

We therefore need to approach the teaching of music in schools, and by way of wider local authority provision, not with a view to making musicians, but rather, in such a way as to enable our students to derive the innumerable benefits for their cognitive and character development, that musical activity can deliver. It follows that the provision of tuition needs to be inclusive. Gone (I hope) are the days when teachers would only accept students who displayed perceived potential talent, and when ear tests had to be administered before admission to lessons could be considered! I am happy to note that increasingly, this seems to be the consensus among service providers.  Such inclusion provides challenges of course, but I believe that I can help instrumental music teachers to overcome such challenges and unlock the personal (not to forget musical of course) potential of their students. Contact me for more information.

I also share many ideas and theories about contemporary musical thinking (mine mostly, I must admit) in a series of articles entitled Pythagoras & The Music of The Future. These explore the relationships that undoubtedly exist between musical parameters such as melody & harmony, rhythm, timbre and acoustical phenomena such as the harmonic series. Starting with a historical survey of how such correspondences have influenced the development of western music from the Middle Ages, I go on to propose a unified musical language, based on consciously related principles, for now and the future.

There are also links to a couple of my compositions. Please take a little time to listen!

All of the posts and articles on this site form the basis of interactive workshops, available seminars or lectures, for music teachers and students. Despite having spent the last ten years or so in senior school leadership positions in various parts of the world,  teaching and teacher training has been a major element of my activity throughout. I am now pleased and privileged to be able to offer a range of training and consultancy services aimed at enabling others to benefit from the learning and experience that more than 33 years in education and music education has afforded me.

Please contact me with your queries about how I might help you or your organisation/institution, and I will get back to you post haste.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of the site!

Robert Lennon

Please contact me here with your queries about my training & consultancy services;

6 thoughts on “Welcome to Music Today & Tomorrow

  1. I am enjoying all your articles Robert although I just received them and have only scanned their contents. But I will study them further I am sure. I am a composer, conductor, trombonist, and teacher in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Retired but still very much involved in music. Dr. David W. Roe

  2. Thanks Robert, I totally agree with your thoughts about the serious limitations of the ‘conservatory model’. Just like every other area of human activity, music also has its elitists :( Good on you for addressing this issue!

  3. Yes, I agree…there are too many disappointed students out there who think they have failed in life just because the ‘system’ didn’t give them the big tick of approval!

  4. I especially agree with your comments on the different functions of the brain hemispheres. I have watched the dominant left brain shut down the ability of a student to hear pitch, rhythm and quality of sound as that student attempts to read the music. As soon as I take the book away, the student begins to play the piece considerably better.

  5. Greetings from South West Scotland. I would like to hope that you remember me, I certainly do pretty well every time I practice the trumpet or flugelhorn. It is always with gratitude that I recall you.

    I am going to have to find time to give your site attention as on first encounter it looks interesting and extensive. I hope you are well and enjoying your life and continuing to inspire and encourage others others as you did me.

    • Of course I remember you George! You will always have my admiration for the effort you put into taking up the trumpet again after a break of several years.

      Your comments are very kind, but let’s not forget that your own considerable dedication and determination were the primary factors in your success in taking up the instrument again and in your subsequent achievements.

      I hope you enjoy the rest of the site and your further comments will be most welcome.

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