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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000206.txt from 2001/07

From: fred.sheim@-----.net
Subj: Re: [kl] sit or stand in lessons
Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2001 08:28:04 -0400

Leon Russianoff in New York always had me stand at lessons.

Fred

At 02:23 PM 7/9/01 +0200, you wrote:
>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.
>Cindy
>
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