Talking with Authors: Leonard Slatkin, Classical Crossroads
Grades: 9 - 12

Video Description: As the new millennium poses some of the greatest challenges to the relevance of the art form, Maestro Leonard Slatkin, who served as Music Director and conductor of the St. Louis Symphony, reflects on the modern evolution of classical music and presents ways for both music lovers and musicians alike to navigate these uncertain times in his new book, Classical Crossroads: The Path Forward for Music in the 21st Century.

Type of Video: Interview*
Unique Video ID: Literature-161**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video in conjunction with a cross-curricular activity focused on the combination of writing, music, and history.
  • Use the video in conjunction with an activity that has students writing an autobiographical essay of their own that focuses on them through the lens of the type of music they enjoy.
  • Use the video in a flipped learning activity and have students come to class prepared to share two insights gained by watching the video and two questions they’d like answered through their own or class research.


*Interviews feature extended conversation exploring fascinating topics with fascinating people in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.