September is Classical Music Month, so if you've never been into that type of music, now is your chance to give it a shot. Some say it's boring and they can't listen to it because they fall asleep, but there are so many classical songs out there that aren't going to
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make you hope a pillow and blanket will magically appear. Not all songs of the same genre are created equal. Consider broadening your knowledge of music a little more by celebrating classical music this September.
Learn the facts
You don't need to know the history behind the music in order to appreciate it, but it doesn't hurt. Naxos.com has a page devoted to the history of classical music that details the developments in the genre from the Medieval period up to the present. The site also includes lists of song recommendations pertaining to each period.
Listen to a variety of classical music
Listen to some of the songs from the list on the Naxos site, on YouTube.com, or create a classical music station on Pandora.com and let songs come up randomly. With so many song options to choose from, there's bound to be at least a few that you like.
Attend a classical concert
If you realize you like classical music, buy some tickets to attend a local classical concert. New York City is filled with various venues where you can buy affordable tickets to check out live classical music. NY.com has a list of these venues along with a description of, and contact information for, each place.
Donate to a classical music venue
Whether you're a long-time fan of classical music or you just became one, you're likely aware how important the arts are. Many venues and programs rely mainly or solely on donations, so if you know of a classical music venue that desperately needs donations or there's a venue you're especially fond of, consider making a donation to them in the form of time or money.
Learn to play an instrument
If you were inspired by the classical music you heard and fell in love with the sound from one of the instruments such as the violin or flute, take lessons in your area to learn to play it. There are a number of places in NYC where you can study an instrument in a class or private setting including City Music Schools or Encore Music Lessons.
There are a variety of ways to celebrate Classical Music Month in September regardless of whether you're in a big city or a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. You could end up discovering you're a bigger fan of the genre than you ever thought you would be.