For the “classical-curious” who want to reap the benefits of learning to focus better and become an active listener, here are five of the internet’s best Maestro-approved resources to get your feet wet:
- Leonard Bernstein – “The Gold Standard.” For those looking for an entry point into classical music, there’s no better place to start than at the top with the master, Maestro Leonard Bernstein. You can comb through a selection of his short and longer explorations on YouTube, but I recommend starting with this video on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 to see for yourself how Maestro Bernstein has captivated audiences for decades.
- Dr. Robert Greenberg – “The San Francisco Treat.” The Bay Area’s brilliant Dr. Robert Greenberg has reached a worldwide audience with his course How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, available from The Teaching Company here.
- Benjamin Zander – “The Boston Wonder.” Benjamin Zander, an English conductor who leads the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, is as eloquent an advocate for classical music as one could hope to find. Here’s his TED Talk on The Transformative Power of Classical Music.
Maestro George Marriner Maull is the Artistic Director of The Discovery Orchestra, a nonprofit music education organization teaching the listening skills to help people better comprehend, experience and emotionally connect with classical music.