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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000849.txt from 1997/12

Subj: Re: Student with braces
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 15:19:04 -0500

Dear Sue:
I've had many students who have sucessfully played with
braces for many years. Two have been 1st chair players at All state.
People are quite adaptable, and, no doubt, it is probably very
uncomfortable, but if the student has a strong desire to play the clarinet,
he/she will be able to overcome the discomfort. The student could ask the
dentist to help by scheduling the appointments so they don't conflict with
lessons and important rehearsals. Also, I think some dentists have made
some guards to protect the lips. But, I have no experience regarding this
and perhaps others can help.

Best Regards,

At 09:55 AM 12/18/97 -0600, you wrote:
>One of my students just got braces this past week. I know prior to
>getting them he was wondering how this will affect his playing and was
>quite worried. I never had braces and don't know from experience what
>this does to someone's playing/embourchure. Is there something I could
>help with when teaching? What problems could occur that I should watch
>out for? I would love to hear some suggestions and feedback.
>Sue Sipos

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