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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000865.txt from 1997/09

From: Nicholas Yuk Sing Yip <>
Subj: Re: Tabutea
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 1997 20:44:01 -0400

On Wed, 17 Sep 1997 wrote:

> The story goes that a student would arrive at a lesson and proclaim,
> "I've got a really good reed today, Mr. Tabuteau!" ........
> Mr. Tabuteau would look over innocently and say, "Gee, really? Let
> me take a look at that." The student would naively pull the reed off
> of his/her instrument and hand it to him. In one swift stroke, Tabuteau
> would then swing his arm around and smash that reed straight into the
> wall! He'd then hand it back to the student and say, "Here, find another
> one..."
> ========
> AND THIS WAS PRODUCTIVE BECAUSE......??? (Yes, I'm yelling !)
> netwitt@-----.)
Was the instructor frustratated and angry at the student? If so,
teachers try to motivate students' confidence and something like this can
make a student frustrated. Possibly explaining to the student what was
wrong with the reed, and try to fix it first. It should be thrown away as
a last option. It is at least $2.00 a reed.

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