There are over 600 music schools, departments, and conservatories cranking out music students each year, primarily in the genre of classical music. Yet we see symphonies continue to fight for a share of the discretionary income of music lovers. Perhaps we need to examine how we train these future artists and what role music plays in a cultured society? And when symphony musicians get criticized for not smiling on stage, we may want to ask why, or why not? This blog seeks to explore these issues and find a better way to train our young artists for the future.