Sunday, September 23, 2012

El Sistema: Changing Lives Through Music

Music: The Antidote to Violence

Every time I am flooded with images of violence on the nightly news, I return to this video on El Sistema, the orchestra created in the slums of Venezuela.
  Music is a force for peace.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Homeschool Buyers Co-op GREAT DEAL!

For the first time ever, we are offering an incredible deal through the Homeschool Buyers Co-op. I was so impressed with Brett Walker and his program that I agreed to make this very special offer to his members. Anyone can join for free and then enjoy the amazing discounts that he offers to homeschool parents as they are looking for high quality educational materials for their families.

Maestro Classics Is Moving to Manhattan!

Historic Highfield, Falmouth, MA

After 4 wonderful years on the top floor of this beautiful historic restored "Summer Cottage," Maestro Classics is moving to New York City. Annie Dean, Director of Operations for 4 years, has moved on and we are now interviewing for her replacement 250 miles to the south.

I am looking forward to having my summers back for sailing, swimming, and outdoor dinners overlooking the sea with the Maestro - working before others are up and after they go to bed. This will be dream time for new directions for Maestro Classics.

1745 Broadway, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10019
This is Maestro Classics' new home in New York City! The No. 10 bus takes me past Lincoln Center and drops me at the office half a block from Carnegie Hall, the place of my first job after I graduated from Vassar. I have a view of Central Park - a sliver of trees to keep track of the seasons - and a great cafeteria. A great place to begin the next chapter of Maestro Classics' life, right in Random House's new building.

Talk about lucky!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Simon Music Library, Maestro Classics Office & Storeroom of CDs
are heading south!

"Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits"

New York Times article on the positive effects of early music lessons

“To learn to read, you need to have good working memory, the ability to disambiguate speech sounds, make sound-to-meaning connections,” said Professor Nina Kraus, director of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University. “Each one of these things really seems to be strengthened with active engagement in playing a musical instrument.”

Studying an instrument seems to have long-lasting benefits. From learning to read  to learning foreign languages, studying music as a child seems to have profound effects on the brain!

I recently heard that the No. 1 major for students being accepted into med school is Music! Who would have guessed! Except that my personal physician has practiced a couple of hours every evening for years.... and is very accomplished. Condi Rice is an excellent pianist. And on and on.

Read the entire article.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Great Music Quote!

Just watch your children's faces as they listen to Maestro Classics' Peter and the Wolf!

I think of this quote every time a Homeschool Parent puts on the headphones at a conference and I watch as every muscle in his/her face relaxes.

Read the quote again and I bet you will notice that you are smiling!