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Betty Jeanne Chipman

Remembering Betty Jeanne Chipman:

Music Teacher, Mentor and Friend

Music teachers have tremendous power to improve lives forever.  Today the classical music world honors the life of Betty Jeanne Chipman, a great music teacher who passed away Sunday in Salt Lake at the age of 93.  Many of her friends and former students have connected on Facebook to pay their respects to this great woman, after whom a prestigious University of Utah scholarship was named.   One of her former voice students, soprano Clara Lee, expressed her deep love and respect for Chipman on her status update.  Referring to … Continue Reading

Founder Mimi West Featured in Forbes

My Dream Teacher Founder shares insights on how to handle teenage customers. My Dream Teacher Founder Mimi West was asked to share her experience dealing with teenage clients.   Just in time for summer sales, she gives her advice among the panel of business experts. … Continue Reading

How to Change the World, The Brittany Bullen Way

Brittany Bullen, Composer of the musical Shelter An inspiring musical called Shelter is coming to New York this fall (2012). Loaded with emotional songs and a powerful message, the show was chosen among hundreds of entrants to be featured this July in the New York … Continue Reading

Famous Opera Singer

Stop Criticizing Famous Singers!

Okay, classical singers, it’s confession time.   We’ve all done it.   While watching a world-famous opera singer perform, we take joy in tearing her technique to shreds.   Though sometimes in jest, we usually express a sense of outrage.   How can she get … 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

Classical Concert Etiquette

7 Rules of Classical Concert Etiquette

Angry tweets and Facebook posts abound amongst my friends who attend classical concerts. Hardly a month goes by in which I don’t read somebody’s rant against a rude person talking or texting during the performance.   You might have read a few rants yourself. The … Continue Reading