Coming soon to Classical Conditioning…


Ordinary people from all walks of life, with one thing in common — they rarely, if ever, listen to classical music.  Normal People Listen to Classical Music will chronicle their listening experiences — their likes and dislikes, thoughts and questions.  Each week, one lucky Normal Person will endure listen to a short piece of classical music and write a response, which will then be posted on Classical Conditioning.

The purpose of this experiment is to present classical music to fresh ears.  What first impression does this music have on new listeners?  What causes perfectly normal people with perfectly normal lives and perfectly normal musical tastes to like or dislike a piece of classical music?

This series is a work in progress, and the first few installations will mainly feature friends of mine who I roped into doing this, but I think it has the potential to be a really interesting and fun project.  If you know someone who doesn’t listen to classical music and you think they might be interested in/willing to/persuaded to participate, comment below or shoot me an e-mail at


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