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As part of our commitment to music students and teachers, The Learning Musician publishes original feature stories covering a wide range of topics: interviews with notable players and teachers, articles on musicianship and pedagogy, and more.

So, we invite you: sit down with a cup of your favorite beverage, put some music on, and read for a while.

December 11, 2008A Little Harsher By Design: A Visit with Lori Goldston
Classically-trained cellist Lori Goldston has played with everyone from Nirvana to Cat Power. In this piece, Shulamit Kleinerman talks with Lori about the different components of her musical life: her touring, teaching, and the many projects in which she strives to expand her instrument's and her own boundaries.
 
October 14, 2007Finding Beauty in the Beats: A Conversation with Mingo Lewis
With a 45-year career including collaborations with Chick Corea, Santana, Al DiMeola, Billy Joel, and Miles Davis, percussionist Mingo Lewis has a lot of stories to tell. We caught up with Mingo in his Oakland home to talk about his background, his rather intimidating discography, and his approach to teaching music.
 
July 17, 2007Deconstructing the Beatles: Alan Pollack's 'Notes On...' Series
For the past 15 years, Alan Pollack has systematically analyzed every Beatles song in the canon using the tools of classical music theory. His collected "Notes on..." series represents a longterm commitment to finding the hidden structure within the Beatles' entire repertoire. Contributing writer Nick Stone tells Pollack's story in this article.
 
January 6, 2007Navigating a Single Note: The Kronos Quartet's David Harrington
For the past 30 years, the Kronos string quartet has challenged convention, pushing the boundaries of the string quartet form while enjoying worldwide acclaim. In our interview with the quartet's founder and first violinist David Harrington, we learn what inspired David to form Kronos, the way he thinks about learning and teaching music, and what the future holds for the Kronos quartet.
 
November 28, 2006The Highs and Lows of Harpsichord Building: A Talk with Jack Peters
Using homemade tools, more than 70 species of wood, and sometimes no more than a painting as a guide, Jack Peters builds keyboard instruments designed over 500 years ago. In this exclusive interview, we find out how he started building these rare instruments, what daily life is like for a harpsichord builder, and how he keeps his business afloat.
 
September 27, 2006Electric Louieland: Catching Up with Chicago's Premier Guitar Teacher
Nick Stone's exclusive interview with Chicago rock guitarist Louie Zagoras is a fascinating look into the world of a musician who takes his teaching as seriously as his national tours.