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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000205.txt from 2001/07

From: Cindy Christensen <>
Subj: [kl] sit or stand in lessons
Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2001 08:23:13 -0400

Last Friday I was teaching a lesson to a little 12 year old girl. She
was trying one of the Jacques Lancelot 20 easy etudes when suddenly,
with no warning at all, she fell forwards, clarinet and all, and was out
cold on the floor. It was a hot day, but I had a breeze going across the
room so it wasn't too bad. She woke up after a couple of seconds, but it
was really scary. Unfortunately I didn't have a cell phone there so I
sent the next student to a phone booth to call this girl's parents. We
put her feet up and I talked to her. She was very scared. She told me
she has never fainted before. Her dad soon came and picked her up. I
called her a couple of hours later to make sure she was o.k. This has
never happened to me before as a teacher. I've sometimes had students
say they don't feel well and they ask if they could sit down or I notice
they look faint and have them sit, but with this girl, there was
absolutely no warning. My question is: do you teachers have your
students stand in lessons? Here in Germany, it is typical for students
of all instruments to stand. Even the bassoon players stand in lessons.
In America, when I was taking lessons, my teachers always had me sit. I
never had to stand. Is that typical in America? Just thought I'd relate
this story. It was very frightening for me as a teacher. You can bet
I'll bring my cell phone to lessons now.

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