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Opera Singer Meme by Mimi West, Founder, My Dream Teacher

Memes 101 for Classical Musicians

Here’s a pop culture lesson for classical musicians: Memes 101 A “meme” is a social trend that gets perpetuated, usually by imitation.   In the past, mass media has been the most effective way of perpetuating memes.   These days, however, social media has sped up the meme perpetuation process exponentially!   Anyone who uses social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter has likely seen an image like this one that I created:     You’ve seen them.   You might have even made your own version to amuse … Continue Reading

Classical Doesn't Mean "Stuffy"

Classical Doesn’t Mean “Stuffy”!

How Pops Orchestras Keep Music Fun

For many people, classical music is the gold standard for serious artistry.   However, many non-musicians assume that all classical music is always serious.   On the contrary, classical music is much more versatile than that!   It is fun, humorous, witty, and even irreverent … Continue Reading

Heritage Treatment Center Presents the Power of

Musical Theater

Some schools merely instruct, but Heritage inspires.   This weekend I took my family and some friends to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Heritage Center Stage.   It was charming, cute, and full of heart—but we didn’t just have a good time. … Continue Reading

How to Enjoy Opera

How to Enjoy an Opera

Opera going is not like movie going.   Most movie-goers want to know just enough about the plot to be interested in seeing the film.   They don’t want to know too much about how the story unfolds—or how it ends—because it spoils their fun. … Continue Reading

The Mahler Effect

The Mahler Effect

A great dissertation idea for a daring music student.   I was so moved the first time I saw Gustav Mahler Conducts the Vienna Philharmonic at the Belvedere in Vienna, Austria.   It may not look extraordinary in a pixilated rendering, but its life-size original … Continue Reading