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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000353.txt from 1997/12

From: "Karen A. Martin" <kern@-----.com>
Subj: Re: Student Level Clarinets
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 1997 09:08:53 -0500

I went to an excellent high school with a fantastic music program, then
went to an outstanding college with a great music program as well. Just
because we were small doesn't mean we aren't good. We are not ashamed that
we depend on non-majors for our numbers. We still play at a very high
caliber....perhaps because there are fewer egos around and we can actually
dig into the music! I do not regret attending Hartwick College and I am
very proud of my alma mater!

That said....the non-majors had to take care of the instruments and were
responsible for them. Even some of the music majors had to use school
instruments for their secondaries. I myself played the school's Eb every
once in a while. Instruments are taken care of. However, as professional
musicians (or in your case, a music major), Iwe are more aware of the
weaknesses of our own instrument than someone who is playing "on the side."
Those non-majors may not know their instruments well enough to handle
taking care of one as you or I would. Consider the non-major tuba player
who may have never owned his/her own instrument! They aren't used to
having it around all the time, and therefore taking care of it. It's like
in a phys ed class where you're playing tennis. We don't worry to much
about the condition of the racquets...we bang them around without much
care. However, a serious tennis player may shudder at our actions. That's
why schools buy the cheap racquets for gym class!

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> From: Jennifer Rose McKenna <jrm0013@-----.edu>
> To: klarinet@-----.us
> Cc: klarinet@-----.us
> Subject: Re: Student Level Clarinets
> Date: Sunday, December 07, 1997 2:07 PM
>
> sorry--i picked i good university and went to an outstanding
> high school--oh well. Of course i don't thnin its too much to
> ask that instruments be taken care of..and when they are you
> can get better ones..try it, it works.
>
> JENNIFER Mckenna
> jrm013@-----.edu
> universty of north texas
> clarinet concentration/music ed major
>
> On Sun, 7 Dec 1997 12:55:39 -0500 "Karen A. Martin"
> <kern@-----.com> wrote:
> > I went to Hartwick College, a small liberal arts school, as a music
major.
> > With only 1500 students at the school and only about 50 majors, our
wind
> > ensemble was extremely dependent upon non-music majors! In fact, about
> > half the group was composed of non-majors. In order to keep the
program
> > alive, the department must have instruments available for non-majors
who
> > may not have the money or need to invest in an instrument of their own.

> > Yes to Jessica, you are spoiled in a way. You go to a larger
university
> > where there will be enough majors to fill a group!
> >
> > Karen Martin
> >
> > ----------
> > > From: Roger Garrett <rgarrett@-----.edu>
> > > To: jrm0013@-----.us
> > > Subject: Re: Student Level Clarinets
> > > Date: Sunday, December 07, 1997 10:43 AM
> > >
> > > Our university has many musical ensembles within a liberal arts
setting.
> > > Several of those ensembles maintain enrollment primarily of music
majors.
> > > However, the really talented non-majors also perform - several of
them
> > are
> > > on scholarships that provide for free lessons and a stipend. Beyond
the
> > > Full Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble that staff these
> > students,
> > > we have a Symphonic Winds (50 piece band) and an 85 piece Concert
Band.
> > I
> > > have had non-majors play bass clarinet in my bands for many
> > > years.......exactly what are they to use if not the school
instruments?
> > >
> > > Roger Garrett
> > > IWU
> > >
> > > On Sun, 7 Dec 1997, Jennifer Rose McKenna wrote:
> > >
> > > > this is strange..i guess i had the wrong misconseption..what
> > > > is it like else where?
> > > >
> > > > jennifer mckenna
> > > > jrm0013@-----.edu
> > > > university of north texas
> > > > clarinet concentration/music ed major
> > > >
> > > > On Sat, 6 Dec 1997 23:28:15 -0600 (CST) Roger Garrett
> > > > <rgarrett@-----.edu> wrote:
> > > > > You are spoiled. :)
> > > > >
> > > > > Roger Garrett
> > > > > IWU
> > > > >
> > > > > On Sat, 6 Dec 1997, Jennifer Rose McKenna wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > > sorry, i guess i go to a school where only music majors use
> > > > > > the instruments..call me spoiled :)
> > > > > >
> > > > > > jennifer mckenna
> > > > > > jrm0013@-----.edu
> > > > > > university of north texas
> > > > > > clarinet concentration/music ed major
> > > > > > On Sat, 6 Dec 1997 00:35:41 -0600 (CST) Roger Garrett
> > > > > > <rgarrett@-----.edu> wrote:
> > > > > > > Um.....that's not true Jennifer....that's precisely why we
bought
> > a vito
> > > > > > > one piece bass clarinet!
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > On Fri, 5 Dec 1997, Jennifer Rose McKenna wrote:
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > good idea...but usually at the college level you don't have
the
> > problem of
> > > > > > > > not appreciate and taking care of an instrument like youdo
at
> > the
> > > > > > > > elementary levels.
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > jennifer mckenna
> > > > > > > > jrm0013@-----.edu
> > > > > > > > unversity of north texas
> > > > > > > > clarinet concentration/music ed major
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > On Thu, 4 Dec 1997, Roger Garrett wrote:
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > > I have many students who come to me with new plastic
> > Vitos....they are not
> > > > > > > > > any different than their Bundy or Buffet counterparts. I
am
> > partial to
> > > > > > > > > Yamahas however for beginning instruments.
> > > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > > On a secondary note, we just purchased a one piece
plastic
> > vito bass
> > > > > > > > > clarinet.....for the college....with a good mouthpiece,
it
> > sounds very
> > > > > > > > > good and plays relatively well in tune. This way we do
not
> > give our
> > > > > > > > > beautiful Buffet bass clarinet to a person who might not
> > appreciate what
> > > > > > > > > it has to offer.
> > > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > > Roger Garrett
> > > > > > > > > IWU
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
>

   
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