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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000047.txt from 2002/06

From: "Lacy Schroeder" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Teaching the 'students' of today
Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2002 12:53:47 -0400

> -----Original Message-----
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> As people who have had the experience of learning a musical=20
> instrument I=20
> think we have a duty to discourage those who have no=20
> realistic idea of what=20
> is involved. A teacher's time is a valuable resource, but so=20
> is a student's.=20
> Almost all people wish to learn a musical instrument just as=20
> "everybody wants=20
> to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die."
I agree, and to me it can be somewhat of a sad situation. I have seen
other students in my former teacher's clarinet studio that have
absolutely no prayer in making it as a performer, but they still go for
it. There's something to be said for it, though. Sometimes those players
have more heart and determination to try their damndest than the ones
who have sheer talent and don't have to work for it and thus take it for
granted and sometimes just waste it. I've seen that happen, too.=20

But then again, sometimes you just want to spare them the agony of going
through it all and just tell them to find another major because they'll
never make it with this one. Sometimes I feel that it should be said to
me! My first major was electrical engineering, sometimes I think I would
have been better off staying with my original plan. :) But how do you
tell someone something like that? I can't be the one to crush somebody
directly, I'm too nice to do that. I guess that's what sophomore juries
are for.=20



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