Decline of Classical Music? Classical Music in Crisis? Classical Music Is a Dying Out Model?  The Cultural Decline? The Classical Music Audience Is Disappearing?


Crisis of classical music, classical music a discontinued model?! Are you the ( ! )  very conservative classical music fan who clicked here from another of my websites? Then please read under this paragraph the second section ... it is especially for you! But if you come via Google, then I am happy, because this gives me the opportunity to offer you my completely "different way" to accompany more kids and more "interested to know classical music" first about popular classical music and then quite possibly to the more serious classical music. Are you a father or a mother, grandma or grandpa, or a teacher? Then think about it – very cordially – whether my "silly, cool, easy" way might not just achieve to introduce even more kids to classical music than the proven, conservative approaches, which, however, since the beginning of the internet age, even more dynamically push the entire classical music market to the sidelines. Thank you. Advertising Start. To pure, exciting and also amusing, compact reading in matters of classical music and classical composers, a potpourri of curiosities and unimportant facts (... to be read in 20 minutes) please click here. Advertisement End. To various newspaper and internet articles on the "state of enthusiasm" for classical music in our society today, with my respective summary, go much further down.  ✓✓


Decline of classical music? Anyone whose recorder "squeaks" persistently and who simply doesn't like "just anything" by Bach, and then has these two experiences at the age of six or seven, may never ever listen to classical music again. And yes, I know, playing the recorder does not necessarily have anything to do with classical music.  ✓✓



Hello, Very Conservative Classical Music Friend


Please help me and convince with me to inspire more kids to discover classical music today. With my  above all  additional option, namely to dare the way via popular classical music.  ✓✓


Thank you for reading here. I – the author of this page, Peter Bach, Jr. – am a joker, a prankster, a kidder and most of all I like to be silly, and I always try to present everything "easy going" and exciting. But this can't please all people at all. For those who are very seriously interested in classical music, my way of presentation could even be an absolute "no-go". Not acceptable. Absolutely not. ✓✓


Therefore, please also read below: articles and blog posts on the topic "Downtrend for Classical Music" (... with the respective sources). But with that now only further to my seemingly inappropriate presentation of classical music consciously to the topic:  ✓✓


Unlike me, so many authors, musicians, teachers, music publishers, organizers, music institutions, cultural institutions, associations and educational institutions and so many more institutions and committed people – "old school" and also via the internet – are already "transporting" their message to turn (mostly) young people into such young people who can discover a love for classical music. And they all do it well and correctly and successfully and in an exemplary manner!   ✓✓


But ... who cares about those kids you can't reach that way? The rest, so to speak! For those who – addressed in the previous style and with the previous approaches – seem to be less and less enthusiastic and carried away? According to media reports, interest in classical music is declining. Unfortunately. And what a pity, too. Please be sure to read more about this below. And there, also not only about a downtrend, but – as this is serious – there are also some voices, which see and expect the "death of classical music" just not at all.


Those who can be inspired as before will continue to find their way to classical music, just as they did last year, five years ago, or ten years ago. Or 25 to 50 years ago. From the 20s of this 21st century, however, I would like to reach out to the rest. To those who could be addressed differently. For those who cannot be convinced with the previous possibilities. 


Please don't shake your head at the undignified linking of fun facts and fun approaches on some pages of my websites. Please do not reject the trivial classical masterpieces in my "Classical Top 100". My way is an unconventional one, and above all – additional – to reach exactly those kids who, conservatively speaking, "slip through our fingers", or through the cracks, or fall through the sieve (... as you prefer ... I ... no ... I just can't help it). Take a generous view of my effort. Take a deep breath and consider whether, instead of getting 10 students in a school and grade sustainably excited about classical music, it's worth trying to convince 12 students from now on. That would be "already much more than worth it". 


And in the end ... all previous options remain, because one thing is quite certain: No child will be so overwhelmingly disappointed by my way of trying to get him or her interested in classical music that he or she will turn his or her back on classical music forever. Let's convince kids together. Of classical music, of such music as you find good and as you prefer it. Let's add up our possibilities. And I mean it! Thank you for visiting here in this special section for very extremely conservative classical music fans




In Decline, in Crisis, a Discontinued Model? Classical Music in the Press and on the Internet


Is classical music experiencing a crisis? Is it even in decline, is it no longer in demand? Is classical music therefore a phased out model? Why is this critical view - regardless of whether many classical music fans, institutions or even the entire community of classical music friends vehemently disagrees - so, why is this assessment by some editors and bloggers such a prominent place on my website dedicated and why can it be found in Google (... soon) at the very top, precisely to the keywords classical music or classic + crisis + decline + farewell + discontinued model or even death.


Quite simply: Because I have set it up that way. I simply want you to "drop in on me"! Because I would like to "excite" you. As parents, as grandparents, as godparents, but above all ... as teachers and even more: as really "hard-boiled", excuse me, as very serious friends of classical music.





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That's right, classical music hits must first have the quality of current chart winners. So the following applies: Also as classical music you should not present "any" work by Bach, but one of which we know that it is one of the most popular.   ✓✓



Affinity by Phyllis Feng


Is Classical Music on the Decline?


Very interesting, as the author mentions the downtrend by the decline of listeners of classical radio stations and the sale of classical albums. And it’s worth reading as it contains, what I am saying, since I came to the belief, that today’s classical music between the Baroque and today has to be introduced in a modern and today’s way. You get to the article here.



So why not? Why not start with the top hits of this genre? If you wanted to get to know ABBA, you wouldn't listen to a song from ABBA that never made it to the charts at the very beginning.   ✓✓


Ludwig van Toronto by Michael Vincent


The Scariest Trend In Classical Music: It’s Not 2021. It’s 2031


Wow, this author means, that the pandemic of 2020 / 2021 pushed all music trends 10 years compared to what have happened, if there was no COVID. In addition, he states that instead of losing 2.5 % listeners, a cumulative loss of 20 % over the period. Matching Galloway’s hypothesis, the effect could be even 40 %. It’s worth reading. Here you get to the article


Afterglow by Gracie Warhurst 


Where Has the Time Gone?: The Impending Finality of Classical Music


A very interesting reading, of course, most arguments are the same as in the articles before. However, to get the full background and get closer to my personal philosophy, just read the few minutes. You get to the article here.



Teachers and parents know: Kids under a certain age are much more open-minded about classical music. Let's take advantage of that: but not somehow! Instead, with the "best of the best" in this genre ... and these are the hits of the masters that people have loved to listen to for generations.  ✓✓




Nspirement by Raven Montmorency


In Retrospect: Is Classical Music on the Decline?


This reading questions the statement that classical music is in a decline. The research for it comes with results, like there are 1,214 orchestras in the United States. While I wonder whether these are just the classical music orchestras. Probably yes. Raven, the author mentions the “Steve Jobs of classical music, which is Aubrey Bergauer. There is a link to a longer article in The Observer. It is very worth reading. Here you get to the complete article



The New York Times by Les Dreyer


Sunday Dialogue: Is Classical Music Dying?


Click here and you will find cool summary of many readers’ reaction to a New York Times article, which you can enjoy only if you describe. I absolutely disagree with the “Peter and the wolf” way as sustainable, but it’s interesting to read so many persons’ opinion. Plus, it’s the - by far - longest reading in this corner of my website. Read the NYT article here 


Off the Hook Arts by Jephta


Why Are Young People not Listening to Classical Music?


This article is very fascinating to read and comes up with the suggestion to google search “Classical Music is for Old People”. It promises hundreds of articles, posts and studies. Plus, the author, definitely a classical music lover, tells, that he or she became restless after a piece, which he or she considered beautiful. And that is what I am telling: Start with the short, popular pieces. This reading is a very powerful addition to this website corner and my overall philosophy. Just check, whether I provide, what the article and Jeptha suggest?! You get to the article here


The aim is to anchor the "earworms" of classical music and to invite kids into the "world of classical music" for a certain time – without frustration – with musically exciting things. At an early time schoolchildren are not supposed to become classical music fans, but they should know where and how a next step into this exciting world of classical music could work.   ✓✓


Observer by Arick Wierson and Beau Draghiciu


Call Off the Requiem: The Classical Music Business Is Not Dead Just Yet


It’s again about mentioned above guru “Bergauer” plus the author writes about “the greatest crossover achievement in the history of classical music”. It’s not that easy to read, but it’s rewarding, as it’s not similar regarding the content of the articles above. It’s a real long article and real cool every-day suggestions. She ends with the very unconventional suggestion to clap when the spirit moves and she thinks, it would be a good idea to pick up a mojito before you take your seat. These two authors of this article probably would love my philosophy. Or maybe not?!? Read the whole article here.

 * by Mark VanHoenacker


Requiem ... Classical music in America is dead.


What can I say more: Also, this article is a must-read, if you think that the decline of classical music is not existing. Bottomline: If you agree with all what you read in this final section of this particular and sort of strange website page, think twice, whether it's not at least worth a try, whether we could excite  together – a common audience with a new approach, which is my way to classical music for starters and kids, for teachers and for parents. With y click here, you get to the complete reading.


If you want to start learning a musical instrument and take your first steps into the genre of classical music at the same time, it makes sense to start with a simple work by Bach instead of the St. Matthew Passion. The same applies to the range of classical works, as with everything that has nothing to do with music at all: careful and cautious is always good. Not only with music and classical music.    ✓✓




Really Maybe We Will Be Able to Accompany at Least a Few More Kids to Classical Music

My XXL package “Teaching Material Classical Music”: You can’t be more careful. You get directly to this offer here.  ✓✓



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