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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000864.txt from 1997/09

From: "C Henderson" <>
Subj: Fw: Tabuteau
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 1997 20:44:00 -0400

> Neil Leupold wrote:
> > "Productive" because, in Tabuteau's mind, it robbed the student of
> > his "good" reed, meaning that if he hoped to play his 'best' during
> > that lesson, he would have to learn to adapt his breathing and muscul=
> > technique
> And taking the reed from the student, telling them
> to use a different reed, and then handing the good reed back
> at the end of a lesson would be counterproductive?
> Taking it away for the lesson - fine. Smashing it - why?
> Sounds a bit (a lot) like a selfish child.
> --
I take Yadz' point that probably Tabuteau never did anything of the sort,
but I'm surprised that all the criticisms of it have been based on the =

teaching "ethic" involved. Surely there's a much more basic principle
involved here - that no-one has the right to destroy someone else's
property under those circumstances. If a teacher explained the reason
for the destruction and received permission from the pupil, well and good=
On the other hand, if it happened as the story described, any teaching =

principle involved is outweighed by the lack of regard for personal
property. Ethically speaking, after all, there isn't a lot of difference=
value between a good reed, and a good instrument!

Clare Pascoe Henderson
variously clarinetist, writer/lecturer, herbalist
chook fanatic and menagerie manager

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