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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000241.txt from 2000/04

From: klarANNette h satterfield <>
Subj: Re: [kl]Student motivation was Studio teaching and the Band Director
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2000 02:08:25 -0400

On Thu, 6 Apr 2000 16:05:23 -0700 writes:
>>Then there is occasionally the opposite difficulty-- that parents think
>>the lessons are important but the student doesn't.
>>Ann Satterfield
>>clarinetist and teacher
>Now THAT one is familiar to this parent.

Isn't that the way it goes...

When i have that situation as a teacher, i look for ways to make the
instrument and practicing interesting. Often there is a way to catch or
generate some interest.

I was a not very motivated piano student for many years, clarinet
lessons were my request and motivation.
In part that was contrariness. But looking back, one of the big
differences was that i am bettered suited to clarinet than piano.
Clarinet was satisfying in more ways and i generally enjoyed practicing.
I wanted to play piano, but did not consistantly enjoy the process and
practicing. Now i can analyse why that was true -- i have always been
most responsive to ensemble, tone color, texture.

I do not regret any of the skill and education i got thru piano lessons.
I do wish i did not so much believe the labels "lazy" "sloppy", and the
bad habits i learned in enforced practicing.

I picture Mrs. Iva Ginkle Dunham sitting on a cloud with her piano
laughing every time she looks down and sees me with a reluctant
unmotivated student or those rare moments when my rusty piano skills are


Ann Satterfield
clarinetist and teacher
who would rather work in fast food than teach piano...

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