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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000330.txt from 2000/04

Subj: [kl] Studio teaching and the band director
Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2000 00:38:55 -0400

i agree with matt gofff...i'm in a similar situation right now in fact. i
take lessons from my highschool band director. she offers it free to any of
her students because she feels that it's part of her job to extend whatever
help necessary to her students. i wouldn't be taking lessons if it weren't
for her. i can't afford to take private lessons and don't have the time to
drive to clarinet teachers who teach far from where i live. just a thought
from the "impressionable" highschooler...


Matt Goff wrote:
>When I was in junior high, I (and a few other students) received what
>amounted to private lessons from our junior high band director. She did
>this at the school and did not charge us. It was the only real chance I
>had to take lessons on the clarinet until I graduated high school and went
>away to college because there was no one else around who even offered
>lessons. I'm sure you probably were not considering situations such as
>the one I was in when you made the general statement quoted above
>(especially since you indicate that not teaching lessons results in a loss
>of money), but I thought I would point out that there are places in this
>country where there are no private teachers. If a student is going to get
>any individual instruction at all, it must come from his or her band
>director. I know that I am grateful to my band director for taking her
>own time work with students such as myself to encourage our musical
>interests and skills.

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