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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000934.txt from 2003/06

From: "Gene Nibbelin" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Left, Right or mixed handed?
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2003 22:12:47 -0400

Maybe with the baton right in their faces, the violins would be able to stay
somewhere the beat. HoHoHo!!!

Gene N.

-----Original Message-----
From: Christy Erickson []
Subject: RE: [kl] Left, Right or mixed handed?

Stephanie, I think this is an example of how an ignorant teacher can
discourage a student without realizing it. The right-arm traditionally
conducts the beat pattern (a left-brain skill in most people) but if those
brain lateralization skills are reversed, which DOES happen, it would make
sense that some lefties would want to conduct with the left hand.
Personally I don't see any reason it would make a huge difference to anyone
except the teacher who insists that's the way to do it only because it's


> Question. I had a professor tell me that it was wrong
> to conduct with my left hand (told us to conduct, and
> i just naturally started with my left arm). Is this
> wrong? I didn't think it was......but according to her...

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