A while back, I was posting about how to explain classical music, and I said that if we really want to help people understand the music, our explanations of music need to:
1. Be emotionally engaging.
2. Provide a complete end-to-end listening guide through the music.
3. Not use terms that people don’t understand (unless you explain them).
Have a look at this video by famous conductor Benjamin Zander, as he (among other things) explains a prelude by Chopin. he doesn’t do it in any academic way, and you may not even realise he’s educating you, but in the space of 20 minutes, he applies all three of the above principles to the music he’s talking about.
I thought it was really well done. See what you think.