Welcome to Music Today & Tomorrow

20180828_105125_006_021.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.

Robert Lennon

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.

    1. 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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