Hello, I’m Robert Lennon. I’m a musician and educator with a message – well, several messages actually.
My site is dedicated to the discussion of some of the issues surrounding music education and contemporary music, which for these purposes, means the ‘classical’ music of the 20th & 21st centuries. There are posts and articles on various aspects of music education, particularly instrumental music: how and why we teach it. For example, I don’t think its primary purpose is to produce musicians, just as sports lessons are not there to create professional sportsman and women. What I do think is made clear in the related posts and articles.
You will also find articles in which I share some ideas about the evolution of western music right through to atonalism and the music of the present day in a series entitled Pythagoras & The Music of The Future – a series that has proved extremely popular with students and music lovers who wonder about why music evolved the way it did: so much so, in fact, that it is currently being adapted as an audio book and a video series. Watch this space!
I also share a few of my compositions. They are in a fairly uncompromising modern style which probably explains why they are not as frequently visited as the other areas of the site, but they have been praised by musical cognoscenti so why not give them a chance? Try listening all the way through, more than once!
Since I also engage in a fair amount of music transcription, you’ll find some of my work in that field here too. Presently, there are a few arrangements, for wind, of Debussy piano preludes and one piece by Ravel which can be downloaded for you to print at minimal cost – and yes, I am keen on French music!
I very much hope you will find something here of interest and that is, in some way, useful to you. I always happy to engage in discussion and answer any questions about the work I share here.