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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000364.txt from 2000/04

From: "Michael Byerly" <jjhugo@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] Student motivation
Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2000 17:14:15 -0400

>From: "Mark Charette" <charette@-----.org>
>Reply-To: klarinet@-----.org
>To: <klarinet@-----.org>
>Subject: Re: [kl] Student motivation
>Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2000 14:39:04 -0400
>
>From: "Michael Byerly" <jjhugo@-----.com>
> > Music
> > students, in particular, tend to be more talented and more advanced
> > students, and they therefore tend to surpass the requirements for
>graduation
> > by taking harder, more challenging classes with more homework per night.
>
>Oh, as a parent of a few musically inclined children and knowing a great
>many more - I'd say their academic abilities are all over the map ...
>
>Let's not get too carried away!
>
>Mark C.

Perhaps my statement seemed a bit overgeneralized. I do have several
friends who are wonderful musicians but who lack exceptional talent in
academics. However, if you were to compare students in my school Wind
Ensemble to students chosen randomly from the rest of the student body, you
would find that the music students tend to take harder classes and receive
better grades than students in that random draw. This would also apply to
students in drama, choir, and orchestra, for example, and I believe a
similar trend would exist in any school. But in no way would I claim that
ALL music students are academically talented.

-Michael Byerly
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