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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000529.txt from 2001/02

From: "Dee D. Hays" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] beginning student
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 17:51:40 -0500

----- Original Message -----
From: "Sharon S. Fuller" <>
Subject: Re: [kl] beginning student

> I haven't posted on the list before. I am a new general music and band
> teacher in an elementary school. I agree that the mouthpieces that come
> the beginner and rental clarinets are so incredibly varied that I can't be
> sure what reeds strengths are best. Next school year, I am thinking of
> asking all the parents to buy the same basic mouthpiece. Does anyone have
> any experience with "requiring" a mouthpiece?

As a parent, I would say it would annoy most if you "require" a certain
mouthpiece. For one thing, the parent may have signed the child up with a
private teacher. What if the private teacher has a different preference?
What if the parent is a clarinet player and wants to choose a mouthpiece
based on their own experience and preference? What if the parent is willing
to invest in an even more expensive mouthpiece that is not on your list
(there are a few who would)? However if you "strongly recommend" *several*
different ones and explain *why*, you will have much better success. Make
it plain that if the mouthpiece is not on the list but selected by a private
teacher or other experienced player, that is acceptable too. Even then
realize that some parents can't or won't invest that extra amount and go
with the flow.

Dee Hays

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