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Steven Truong


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Why is it that classical music is now ignored by the majority of society?

Sure, classical music still exists and is still evolving with new compositions. However, this perennial genre of music has been evidently on the decline with the rise of other types of music that is unfortunately promoted over classical music. I understand that with new generations come new tastes due to media and pop culture, but classical music has been preserved prominently from the Baroque period (1600s) well into the Contemporary and Late Romantic era (late 1800s- 1970s ish). I feel as though classical music should be integrated into education (it is in orchestra, choir, band etc) as a core subject as art is necessary along with athletics to foster a well balanced student. Unfortunately, this antiquated music is left behind and I am afraid that it will one day vanish as the number of composers are dwindling. What are your thoughts on this?


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    Jul 17 2013: Oh my......I hope classical music doesn't go away.

    My kids were exposed to classical music early on as another genre of music.
    We have watched Benjamin Zander's talk several times, and love it.

    It will be interesting if we can get some of the musicians in the TED community to chime in to your conversation.
    I will be following it Steven............great topic of conversation!!!
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      Jul 17 2013: Thanks! Its just sometimes I feel sad that there is no one to talk about classical music with- being in high school all my friends are listening to either ITunes top 100 or something (which I do enjoy) but I wish more people my age took some kind of interest in classical music!

      Again thanks for your support!
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        Jul 17 2013: Speaking of musicians......Scott up there is one.

        Steven, perhaps when you get into college, you will be exposed to more young people in the classical music field.

        Do you attend the symphony performances in your hometown?
        Sometimes you can meet some people this way.

        We have the New World Symphony here in South Florida, and it is filled with young people who play classical music.


        Don't give up.....sooner or later you will meet up with friends that share your interest.
        Or else you can serve as the conduit to expose some young people to this wonderful music.
        Start by sharing Ben Zander's TED video.

        You know, nobody around me shares my deep love of knowledge.
        None of my friends watch TED videos, or care to learn something new every day.
        Some of us are different from the people around us.......in the best way possible.

        Embrace your gift of loving classical music, and continue to grow in your knowledge of it.
        Feel free to share your favorite pieces with us.

        There's always someone listening Steven.....even if they do not comment.
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          Jul 17 2013: Thanks Mary, its great to have reassurance! I love your last line- theres always someone listening - so very true! More listening = more potential for doing :)

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