A few weeks ago, I achieved a technological milestone upon the acquisition of my very first iPhone. As much as I loved my LG Verizon flip phone, and the reactions I elicited when I whipped it out in public (“Whoa, I haven’t seen one of those since 2009!!”), the fact that it was taking me five minutes to respond to a single text message finally pushed me over the (cutting) edge and into the twenty-first century. As I’ve been marveling at the wonders manifested in Google maps, Data plans and Siri (who, incidentally, makes a great conversation partner on long commutes), I’ve often thought about just how many more resources are available to the high school-age generation than there were when I was that age (back in the technological dark ages of 2004). Not only can we look up pretty much anything at the tap of a screen, but there are now a wealth of music-related blogs and websites as well. Here is a brief compilation of some sites of note, and why you should check them out:
Polyphonic.org: A great site for news and commentary on the orchestra scene, as well as editorial style blogs on issues pertinent to the classical music community as a whole. Based out of the Eastman School of Music’s Institute for Music leadership, Polyphonic’s contributors range from prominent orchestra musicians to conservatory presidents to young professionals (like myself!).
Violinist.com: An excellent resource for violinists and other string players alike; while the posts are often focused on technical issues specific to the violin, there are also a lot of topics covered, such as musical entrepreneurship, that are relevant to all musicians.… Click Here