Music Articles

Every week, our writers take an in‐depth look at an artist, program or topic of interest to us. Spend some time with this week's classical music feature, or scroll through the extensive SFCV archive for insights in many music topics.


Kids & Families Feature
June 12, 2014

Pretty much every musician of our age needs to know the basics of the digital music tools that are out there, in order to participate fully in the musical world.

More "Digital Is Not Optional: Creating Music From the Cutting Edge" »
Video Essay
June 12, 2014

Omar Ledezma Jr. demonstrates the Afro-Cuban rhythm the cáscara.

More "VIDEO TIP: Cáscara Rhythm on the Timbales" »
Kids & Families Feature
SFEMS
June 5, 2014

Still need something for your child to do over some part of the summer? Here are a few noteworthy music camps you can still register for.

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Kids & Families Feature
Mendocino
June 5, 2014

Here’s our short list of highly recommended, less traveled music festivals this summer. We've highlighted particular performances and included tips for local hotel and restaurants. All are family friendly.

More "Five Great Summer (Mostly Classical) Music Getaways" »
Feature Article
Imani
June 4, 2014

As they get ready to premiere a new sextet, composer/ pianist Jason Moran and the members of the Imani Winds quintet share their vision of a more inclusive music and how to approach new listeners.

More "Imani Winds and Jason Moran: Minimally Inspired, Major Imprint" »
Feature Article
Tai
June 3, 2014

Music competitions are the way many elite musicians have to prove themselves. But what are they proving, and is it worth it?

More "Medaling or Meddling: Are Music Competitions Good?" »
Video Essay
May 28, 2014

Omar Ledezma Jr. gives an overview of the set-up and sound of the Cuban timbales.

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Kids & Families Feature
May 22, 2014

A new nonprofit is integrating music study into the hearts and minds of the “other America.”

More "ZSharp: Music at the Barricades" »
Kids & Families Feature
May 15, 2014

Sharpen your wits, the doctor has another set of puzzlers for you.

More "Dr. Gary Gruber's Brain Teasers, Vol. 3" »
Kids & Families Feature
Davis High
May 15, 2014

The Davis Senior High School Baroque Ensemble is headlining at the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition. It is one of only a couple of high school orchestras specializing in historically-informed performance.

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