Welcome to Music Today & Tomorrow

RL Milan Hello and welcome to my site which 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 share several articles on various aspects of music education, particularly instrumental music: Should we teach notation straight away? How can practice be made more effective? Why not teach groups of students rather just individuals? I address these points in a sometimes provocative way while never losing sight of why we need to teach music at all. For example,  I don’t think its primary purpose is to produce people destined for conservatories or the concert platform. 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!  Instrumental teaching provides challenges of course, but I believe that both my writings, as well as the related professional development programmes, will help  teachers meet such challenges, ensuring that their students derive maximum benefit from this invaluable activity. Contact me for more information.

BPM All 3_3I also share theories about contemporary musical thinking 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. Interactive workshops and illustrated lectures on these and related topics are available for students at undergraduate & postgraduate level.

I welcome opportunities to interact with readers, so please don’t hesitate to add your comments to the posts and pages, or contact me using the form below. I look forward to hearing from you!

Robert Lennon

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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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