“While you are studying, observing, experimenting, do not remain content with the surface of things….In your work there must always be passion.”
— Ivan Pavlov, scientist who first modeled classical conditioning as a mechanism of learning, “Bequest of Pavlov to the Academic Youth of His Country,” 1936
Hi! Thanks for visiting Classical Conditioning!
My name is Carly, and I’m an oboe grad student based in Montréal, Québec (by way of Upstate New York, by way of South Florida, because apparently I’m one of those insane people who actually likes gray skies and snow).
Up until recently, I’ve been posting on this blog anonymously, but as I look to the future, I’ve realized that writing about music is one of my biggest passions. (And that perhaps I’m not half bad at it?) I used to be sort of embarrassed of this blog: I don’t have many friends who keep blogs, and it felt… egocentric? presumptuous?… to act like I might be any more of an authority on classical music than my non-blogger acquaintances. But Classical Conditioning has become a really fun project for me. I love infusing the topics I write about — whether it’s an awesome piece of music or news of an orchestra’s bankruptcy — with some interesting facts and a dash of humor. Whenever I publish a piece, I always feel more informed and aware than when I first set out to write it — and I hope that you, the reader, learn something new as well!
This blog’s tagline reads, “Because classical music could use some help right about now” — but what exactly does that mean? What is behind the struggle to maintain a large and vibrant audience for classical music? How is the classical music world changing? Who is enacting these changes? In my posts (which will ideally be weekly, but let’s be real, I’m a grad student with zero free time so look out for a couple posts a month), I explore these and other questions. I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment — recommend a piece or group, share your opinion, ask a question — and feel free to get in touch via:
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