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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000684.txt from 2000/04

Subj: Re: [kl] Teaching students with piano experience
Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2000 15:27:24 -0400

In a message dated 4/16/00 7:06:59 AM Central Daylight Time, writes:

<< 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? >>

Personally, I think that any music reading skills can only be a positive
to the learning experience. It certainly makes it easier on the teacher!
Younger kids also have a faster learning speed than adults so any music
training that goes on before they get into the band program is a plus.

As far as breaking bad habits, generally I will illustrate the correct
way for them and then have them repeat the correct way for several times in a
row. Also, I make a mental note and write them some exercises in their
notebooks for the next week. Then when I review last week's assignment
before the beginning of the lesson, I will check on the specific problem.

I hope this helps you!

Mary W. Balch
Woodwinds Instructor

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