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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000295.txt from 2000/04

From: SoulClarinetAdam@-----.com
Subj: Re: [kl] Student motivation (or lack thereof)/ Lame Excuses
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2000 21:18:59 -0400

I think that know-a-days, kids really don't have time to commit to something.
They are to busy, and i know your going to say that "well they must not be
that commited to the clarinet then.." Well, I'm a student, and i think i'm
pretty commited, i practice everyday seven days a week. Usualy an hour or 2 a
day, which i below what i usualy practice. The problem is school, the
expectations of school makes it harder for a person to practice. I know
awesome players, but they are so limited to what they can do because the have
school, or homework, or exams. If school was not so much of a stress factor
then I would be all for practiceing more. But the way i see it that, the only
way i can get into a good music college is if i have good grades.
It's just my 2 cents
Adam

In a message dated 4/7/2000 7:19:52 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
mjosephson@-----.com writes:

<<
>
> > 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,
well
> I used to practice at least 5-6 hours a day 7 days a week, they look at
me
> 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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