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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000242.txt from 2001/07

From: walter mamlok <wmamlok@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] sit or stand in lessons
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2001 02:53:30 -0400

Cindy, I had a similar situation happen to me. Except the student was
already sitting. She was about 11 or 12 years old and just collapsed in her
chair, and then onto the floor. This was in a Summer School environment in
a group lesson. It was pretty scary. The girl did come to in a few
seconds, but I do remember talking to her neurologist about the incident
because her eyes were blinking quickly and she was speaking when this all
occurred. But to answer your other question, I've always had my students
sit.

Walter Mamlok

Cindy Christensen 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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