Crushing Classical

Crushing Classical podcast is an ongoing series of provocative interviews with musicians who are pioneering a new path in the classical music genre. I dig into musician's lives who have made an often risky move towards forging a unique path and creating a different kind of music career for themselves. This is particularly challenging in a field where the conventional approach is seeking employment in an orchestra. Join me and learn how others are redefining a thriving classical music career.
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Crushing Classical: Redefining A Thriving Music Career

Jun 28, 2017

David Taylor is a cellist and founder of Yorkshire Young Sinfonia, a youth orchestra program in England. What began with a modest audience of around 200 has grown to 550 within two years.

Here's what you'll learn from my interview with this very ambitious, forward thinking music director:

- What *actually* goes into starting a youth orchestra program (some aspects might surprise you)
- How he "modernized" the symphony to create a totally unique experience for the players (and therefore the audience)
- Why he thinks classical music may no longer have a right to exist...and what that means for you and your career

David's blog:

For more information about the Yorkshire Young Strings program:

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Jun 25, 2017

 Here is what we covered today:


- Why the ever popular saying "You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with" is actually BACKWARDS


- Why people whine about their social media feeds (Hint: it's their own fault)


- Why swearing off Facebook is one of the LEAST intelligent things you can do (and no, being on Instagram isn't the same...or enough)


- The "two headed" approach you need to develop if your desire is to be financially successful


- Why the Social Media Selfie revolution isn't (and will never) build your career


- And so much more!


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Jun 20, 2017

Have you ever thought about starting a chamber group...and wondering what it could lead to?

Kara LaMoure pursued chamber music in college "just for fun"....and spun it into a vibrant career. She is bassoonist of the wind quintet, Windsync, and a founding member of The Breaking Winds, a bassoon quartet.

Find out why taking the first step is the ONLY way to see "what's next" - and why it's a requirement for navigating a career as a chamber musician.


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Jun 18, 2017

Has the sentence "I didn't become a musician to be rich" or "I do this because I love music and money doesn't matter" ever come out of your mouth? Or, are you unhappy with the amount of money that you make as a musician? There's a lot of ways you can think about money that can be detrimental to your success as a musician. Most of these conversations are inherited both from your childhood and the existing conversation about money held by musicians and artists everywhere.

Today on the Fireside Chat, Eileen and I talked MONEY with Jonathan Fink, professional freelance cellist and successful real estate agent in the Philadelphia area. Jon shared how HIS approach and relationship with money has changed since evolving his career to include real estate and we dove into what you can do to change the way you think about money.


To find out more about Jonathan Fink, check out his website and social media:

Twitter: @finkj 


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Jun 13, 2017

On today's Hot Seat episode we had saxophone player and music education major Isaiah Jackson. Isaiah came on the show today to explore career options for himself. He told us that he has so many likes in the music field that he doesn't know what to do, and doesn't even know where to start. This Hot Seat helped Isaiah organize all those thoughts and set him up to make a move in one direction. Often the hardest part is to just start, and this episode was a great starting point.


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Jun 11, 2017
Are you in a bit of a rut walking into the summer?
Didn't get into that festival you wanted?
Are you taking lessons...yet not feeling particularly motivated about it?
Haven't identified a particular goal worthy of your time and energy?

Say no more! We've got a fantastic game for you to play...WITH US. :)

On Fireside Chat #14 (coming out THIS SUNDAY), we discussed how to reinvigorate your music career starting immediately.

We also publicly announced a game we're playing - and we invite you to play with us.

What you’ll hear on this Sunday's Fireside Chat:

- The exact reason why most people (musicians included) aren't winning in life (you'll be surprised at the simple concept this is)

- Why you don't need to be "famous" before you start a unique career (it's actually better if you're not - and you'll see why)

- Why playing this game with us could SIGNIFICANTLY change your life and career in the next several months

This episode is for classical music students, music teachers, college/univ professors, freelance musicians, chamber musicians, tenured orchestra players, soloists - EVERYONE.

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Jun 9, 2017

On this episode I had Allan Santos, a bass player who I was introduced to through our mutual friend and fellow podcaster Jason Heath (who we talk about on the episode- see link to the post we talked about below) and when I heard about his interesting career evolution, I had to have him on the show… Allan is a bass player who went into teaching yoga and afterwards became a life coach. He tells the story about how a big change in his personal life was the tipping point for him to start exploring other options in his career. Often times that’s how it happens, and Allan shares his whole story. After yoga he went into life coaching, and we talked all about what that was like to change gears in his career and all that goes into starting a new business. We dove into finding meaning in your life as a musician, as well as commonly held beliefs about money by musicians and artists and how it affects your life--- and how your comfort zone can actually be not such a great place to hang out in for too long… and a lot more! Stay tuned.

The post we talked about on the podcast:

Allan's Facebook page:

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Jun 4, 2017

On today's Fireside Chat we dive into a topic that I wrote about earlier in the week that I dubbed Old School Abuse- when a teacher's style is abusive, which includes yelling and a demeaning tone. It is truly an unacceptable approach and we aim to out it here at Crushing Classical with hopes that it no longer continues. If more students can recognize in the moment that they do not have to endure this kind of treatment, it can stop. And going through it can teach you something about how you handle situations- it certainly did for me, and we talk about it in-depth on this episode. Later in the episode we discuss branding and also what it means to really stand up for something (or yourself) and how that actually looks on a day-to-day basis.

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