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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000691.txt from 2000/04

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: Teaching students with piano experience
Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2000 21:24:51 -0400

At 10:40 AM 4/16/2000 -0400, Don Longacre wrote:
>Patty Smith 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?
>Patty: IMHO it is of enormous benefit to have piano experience prior to
>any new instrument. In my humble opinion, too, it lies largely in the
area of sight
>reading and general familiarity with music notation. It is my belief that
in taking
>up another instrument there may be problems arise but they are independent
of piano

Amen to that! I took up clarinet as a senior in high school, after having
previous piano experience (plus choral experience and some guitar) which, I
am sure, is the only reason the director would have taken a chance on me.
Having the music notation, theory, and general musicality-type background,
I was able to pick up the basic operation of the instrument in a very short
time. I was able to join the rest of the group (admittedly not a
class-A-type band, but a non-competitive parochial school non-marching
band) as a third clarinet and keep up relatively well after only two months
of independent study. And there is nothing like a little early success to
motivate one to keep going!

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732
ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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