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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000633.txt from 2000/04

From: "Kevin Callahan" <kionon@-----.com>
Subj: RE: [kl] Music Education = Academic Achievement (was Student      motivation)
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2000 19:55:48 -0400

>From: Bilwright@-----.net (William Wright)
>Reply-To: klarinet@-----.org
>To: klarinet@-----.org
>Subject: RE: [kl] Music Education = Academic Achievement (was Student
>     motivation)
>Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 16:17:18 -0700 (PDT)
>
> <><> It's either "stubborn persistence", or "persistent
>stubbornness" . I'm not sure I can tell the difference sometimes.
>Jay Webler
>
>
> I'm not sure that I properly phrased my thought about this
>recurring theme -- which suggests that it's normal or "OK" for beginners
>to suffer now as a prerequisite to enjoying music later on. Perhaps I'm
>being foolish or shortsighted about this, but it seems to me that if you
>don't enjoy it now, you won't enjoy it later either.
> I *do* accept that one's pleasure will increase as one's skill
>increases. But if it isn't directly pleasurable for its own sake in the
>beginning (without an audience), I don't see much hope of it being a
>pleasure later on.
>
>
>Cheers,
> Bill (who enjoys every note that he flubs)

I've been following this thread for a while now, and I have something to say
on the subject. I don't believe that those that play for the only reason
that it's what they've done should continue. Lots of people in my band are
like that, and it makes me upset. They have talent after years of practice
and yet they'd rather not study for this or that and continue to advance
simply be playing when they are made to play. I've rarely, if ever, played
my clarinet in class. In class I'm a trombonist. Sure, my directors support
me (we have 3) and are happy I've chosen another instrument, but the fact
remains that I have spent my money, my time, and my brain power on learning
another instrument. Clarinet isn't always easy, no denying that, and if I
did, you wouldn't believe me, but it is fun. If you don't want to play,
don't.

Kevin Callahan
Who wants to play

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