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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000003.txt from 2000/04

From: Neil Leupold <>
Subj: RE: [kl] music schools
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2000 03:11:00 -0500

--- "DAVID S. NADEN" <> wrote:

> Both are good schools. However, as you have been able to narrow your
> choices to these two schools, I suggest that YOU visit both schools,
> check into scholarships, get a feel for both, weigh the pros and cons,
> And come to your own decision. It's YOUR decision that really matters,
> and you are quite able to make it.

I tend to agree with David's general point: you need to visit these schools
and make a determination based on your personal experience and impressions.
For players who intend to take a shot at a professional performance career,
the most important elements of your university education will center on a
number of critical criteria:

(1) The quality of the private teacher
(2) The availability of performance opportunities
(3) The quality of your peer group
(4) The quality of the orchestra and wind ensemble
(5) The quality of the conductor(s)
(6) The quality of classroom instruction (vis-a-vis theory, music history, ear
training, keyboard literacy, conducting, etc.).

Probably the most fundamental test you will need to apply when you visit each
school is to take a lesson or two with each of your prospective private clarinet
professors. The relationship you develop with that person and subsequent pri-
vate teachers during your university education will probably have the largest
impact of any others that you will experience in your growth as a clarinetist
and musician.

Just my 3:00 a.m. 2-cent submission.

-- Neil

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