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    Instrumental Music and You
    (2024-04-05) Estrada, James; Music & Theatre Department
    All too often, individuals that are not classically trained in music will view the world of instrumental music at an angle of what “should have” and “could have been” rather than at an angle of what could become. There are high costs from owning and maintaining many of the single traditional classical instruments; there is a large amount of time and dedication required to acquire technical mastery in many traditional classical instruments; there is a misalignment in priorities that creates confusion and a loss of commitment for newcomers. Many challenges come in the way of people that want to become classically trained musicians or want to engage with the world of instrumental music beginning in adult life. Unfortunately, these individuals sometimes never experience the pleasures of composing and performing with traditional classical instruments. This presentation touches on the circumstances that cause the separation between non-classically trained adults and classical instrumental music. It also provides potential solutions for non-classically trained adults to enter the world of instrumental music as composers and musicians.