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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000176.txt from 2003/06

From: "Christy Erickson" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Reed soaking question
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2003 10:30:01 -0400

I ought to further explain that the kids do not receive a grade for band =
the elementary level in our district. The test, as I mentioned, has =
hundred questions, dealing with everything from clarinet fingerings, to
rhythms, dynamics, phrasing, etc... The test was a multiple choice one =
I'll have to admit some of his "potential" answers were very humorous. =
same man is the Sousa fan I mentioned and he has taught quite a lot of
theory and history to the kids. (probably far too much than they could
handle) It's just that they don't remember it and I suppose he wanted =
determine exactly how much they did remember. However, I thought the =
was much too long and a bit too advanced for sixth graders but they have
been taking lessons for 2 years now and I do believe he really did cover =
those concepts during those two years. The reed soaking question, =
was the only one I simply couldn't determine a "right" answer for and I =
just curious if I was the only clarinet player who had never heard of an
ideal amount of time to soak a reed.

Christy Erickson

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