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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000694.txt from 2001/02

Subj: [kl] i'm new and i need help...FAST!
Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2001 16:54:37 -0500

gnatalie wrote,
>just to let you know, i DID keep my chair. i beat her by three
>points on a 100 point scale. she can't seem to keep a steady beat on this
>one part either, though the only reason i beat her was because i played my
>F-A scales all 3 octaves and she only played E-Ab 3 octaves and played them
>too fast. (we got the exact same score on our pieces). but it's not over
>because she's challenging me again this friday (grrr).

Congratulations! Way to go!

Just out of curiosity, can she keep on challenging you every week, or is
there a limit to challenges? And do these contests happen in class or after
class or what? I'm thinking if there's no limit and the rehearsal stops for
each challenge, this could go on all year and eat up a lot of class time. If
it's best two out of three or something, then that seems reasonable. My kids
aren't old enough for band yet but I found out that in their school, the
second Monday of every semester they have a general seat assignment
competition where everybody has to try out. Anybody who transfers in from
another school automatically goes to last chair until the next challenge.
Anybody who wants to challenge does it on midterm Monday. That's it. I
think that's a good way to do it. It gives kids a chance to move up but
keeps the competitive thing from taking over too much importance.

Cass Hill

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