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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000668.txt from 2000/04

From: "Patricia Smith" <>
Subj: [kl] Teaching students with piano experience
Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2000 11:22:33 -0400

I am interested in the experiences of the private teachers on the list in
regard to new students who have already had some piano. How much of an
advantage does this give to the student, in your opinion? I began piano at
six, and clarinet at nine, so I sometimes have to remember that most of my
students are new to music reading as well as to playing an instrument. On
the other hand, I recall having a great deal of difficulty with the physical
playing of the clarinet, which rendered me helpless until I got some private
lessons (with a graduating high school student who had an immense gift as a
teacher, I might add), and I was probably lucky the difficulties were not
exacerbated by lack of music reading skill.
Also, I am interested in more opinions on how to correct problems in new
private students who have learned a lot of bad habits. They say experience
is the best teacher, and I would like to draw on others' as well as my own.

Patty Smith

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