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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000290.txt from 2000/04

From: "martin josephson" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Student motivation (or lack thereof)/ Lame Excuses
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2000 21:18:54 -0400

----- Original Message -----
From: "Aaron Hayden" <>
Subject: Re: [kl] Student motivation (or lack thereof)/ Lame Excuses

> > I find that there is a lack of comittment in this generation.
When I
> ask them how much they practiced this week, they usually say about 20
> minutes a day for about 3-4 days, which I can tell. Then I tell them,
> I used to practice at least 5-6 hours a day 7 days a week, they look at
> in horror or shock

I am not trying to take on the teaching world here, but I think that you
are missing the point of taking music lessons. My daughter is in middle
school. She practices clarinet and piano 30-45 minutes, 5 days a week. She
just received firsts in her solo and duet clarinet competitions. She plays
on a select level soccer team. She plays on her school basketball team She
is in the school play. She has had a number of poems and short stories
published in anthologies. She has a couple of hours of homework every night.
Tonight she is going to a dance. Many of her friends do the same. Your
students may not be as committed as you would like to that one endeavor
where you are part of her life, but my daughters are doing a great job of
growing up, and I know that music will always be a part of it. That is the
purpose of why most children take music lessons.

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