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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000227.txt from 2000/04

From: "Aaron Hayden" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] re: Recruiting students
Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2000 16:37:16 -0400

I've done the same recruiting methods as David. This does work, but
sometimes politics does get in the way.
After a few lessons and good results, I usually bang heads with the band
directors, especially on equipment. If I feel my student sounds better on
a Grand Concert, that's a no no, since one of the local chain store vendors,
push Vandoren and the band directors, tell the kids only to use Vandoren
reeds, (even the Band Directors who are percussionists, or brass players)
they even go as far as inspecting the reeds. They also tell them that
them must get a certain mouthpiece, even if they sound like crap on it.
I've also run into problems, when doing master classes & performing for the
class, make sure you don't sound & play better that the band director, this
is a major no no, you will always bang heads with that director.
If feel sorry for the kids, especially when they're caught in the middle
of politics. Some of my kids actually dropped out of the school music
programs, because they could not take the crap. One student left the
school music programs and auditioned for the Youth Symphony and made
principal on the first try.

Aaron Hayden

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Blumberg" <>
Subject: [kl] re: Recruiting students

> These are wise words indeed. I did much the same thing when I had an
> studio, The band directors were SO greatful. In one or two "clinics" I
> could improve the sound of their clarinet sections by 100%. (Is that
> statistically possible?) Anyway, I didn't view this as getting "in bed"
> the band directors (they were overwhelmingly male and middel-aged anyway,
> LOL). I viewed it as advertising. Anyway, it was fun. Walter Grabner
> Legere reeds coming soon to ClarinetXpress
> ---------------
> Thanks Walter. I view it as "sharing the gift". I still do clinics often,
> but don't give out cards anymore - just reeds. It cracks me up when a
> student comes in for a first lesson after studying with basically a
> babysitter, and 5 minutes later their sound goes from crap to quality.
> Makes a good first impression.
> David Blumberg
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