It’s not all just about practice.

At Caramoor, we are dedicated to lifelong learning and nurturing one’s interest in music and the arts. If you’re looking for interesting articles, documents and websites, see some recommendations below.

Cracking a Glass Ceiling With the Maestro’s Baton

Women are more likely to be found these days leading the biggest industrialized democracies, or serving as four-star officers in the United States military, than working as the music directors of major orchestras. So hear from the women who are leading some of the biggest orchestras in the world, courtesy of the New York Times.


Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas

Jump into the performer’s perspective to learn about Beethoven and his 32 piano sonatas through this free online course by the Curtis Institute of Music. The professor is none other than the deeply knowledgable pianist Jonathan Biss, our 2016 Artist-in-Residence.




Musicians’ Brains Really Do Work Differently — In A Good Way

How playing an instrument benefits your brain

Tapping the Roots of American Music: A Teacher’s Guide

Folk, country, blues, string band, bluegrass, gospel… What are the stories behind these profoundly truthful pieces of America’s musical heritage? PBS provides these handy resources to let you know.

A Community and Library of Classical Musicians

MUSAIC is like the Khan Academy for musical instruction. In collaboration with prominent music schools throughout the United States and Europe, it offers an online community of classical musicians and continuously updated video library curated by America’s Orchestral Academy– for free!

TED Talk: The Transformative Power of Classical Music

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music and helping us all realize our untapped love for it – and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections. Watch his 2008 TED Talk ›

Radiolab: Season 2, Episode 2Musical Language

What is music? Why does it move us? How does the brain process sound, and why are some people better at it than others?
We re-imagine the disastrous debut of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in 1913 through the lens of modern neurology, and we meet a composer who uses computers to capture the musical DNA of dead composers in order to create new work. Listen here:

How to Read the Program

At most concerts, each listener receives a printed program that says what will happen. This program may be as simple as a piece of paper or as elaborate as a book. Look for the “program page” that lists the music to be played. (If the program is a booklet, this page is usually in the middle somewhere. Some booklets include programs for several concerts.) Click for more information on reading the program ›