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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001032.txt from 1999/04

From: "Paulette W. Gulakowski" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] helping students learn scales?
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 20:31:10 -0400

Deduct a dollar (per sharp or flat) from your lesson fee for the lesson
in which they show proficiency on each scale (include major and related
minors - don't want to make it too easy.) Let the parents know ahead of
time. I'll bet some of those kids get motivated!
Transpose their lesson materials and some neat stuff into B or Db etc.
The motivation might come from wanting to play fun stuff...

On Fri, 23 Apr 1999 14:58:31 -0500 Gary Smith <>
>Hello all
>I teach private lessons. My current crop of students are mostly
>year junior high students.
>I'm a firm believer in scales as a tool to help with sight reading,
>intonation, overall command of the instrument -- I don't think anyone
>really needs to be sold on the merits of learning scales. I have
>a lot of resistance to learning scales in otherwise fairly diligent
>students, and I was wondering what approaches others are using.
>I've tried to start by teaching the order of sharps and flats, the
>of 5ths, and of course have provided them with scale sheets. I've
>that week after week the students just don't seem to have spent time
>the material such that I could identify specific problems and help
>with them - they just don't seem to have practiced.
>This points to motivation, of course. Any ideas or success stories?
>"Any male turtle dove will tell you that, if conditions are
>right, the female turtle dove can spit on her hands and throw her
>weight about like Donald Duck."
> - _The Editor_Regrets_, P.G. Wodehouse
>Gary Smith
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