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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000451.txt from 1998/04

From: "David C. Blumberg" <>
Subj: re:Lesson Motivation
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 1998 10:06:21 -0400

I've always enjoyed teaching (imparting the knowledge). Even in 7th grade,
I was helping other players, and "giving lessons". By age 21, I had 50+
students. I think that a good teacher has to be a really good analyst of
the problems inherent in playing instrument, and the ability to fix them.
That's where being very proficient at the individual instrument comes in.
Don't say "open your throat", unless you know exactly how to describe it,
and can do it yourself. Then be able to explain it in numerous other ways,
so that the student will understand it in their terms. If an Education,
etc. student doesn't want to practice, and excel at their own instrument,
how can they expect to be a successful, and motivating teacher for their
future students?? I see no room at all for lazy College Music students, as
the field is much too competitive. Non music majors can't be weak in their
chosen field, why should it be any different for the musicians?

Date: Thu, 9 Apr 1998 08:06:53 -0500 (CDT)
From: Roger Garrett <>
Subject: RE: lesson motivation
Ed Lacy wrote:
> >One of the fundamental problems is that almost no music teacher initially
> >gets into the profession because they started with the idea that they had
> >a love of teaching. Almost without exception our original motivation is
> >our love of music. Some of us eventually come to love teaching as much or
> >almost as much as we love music, and some others never do.

David Blumberg

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