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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000257.txt from 2003/10

From: "Christy Erickson" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] [clarinet] reeds for beginners?
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2003 09:59:41 -0400

Sue, I think you're right. I guess my point though is, that "one size =
not fit all" for every student. I may enjoy doing things a certain way =
my students want to learn things their way. It just seems rather rigid =
tell every student they must start with a certain reed strength or =
brand. I
think it's better to give them some guidelines and allow them to choose,
based on what helps them be successful. The students and parents need =
to be
given some information about reeds Too often, the band directors and =
music store get together and decide what the students "must" have. If =
music store happens to be stocking only Rico or VanDoren reeds, or =
brand they make the most profit on, that's what the kids get if they =
not been given any other choices. If the students are given the =
that this is the only "right" way to do it and it doesn't work for them,
they end up feeling discouraged. There is so much variation in growth =
development among any group of kids that it seems unfair to expect them =
to be able to do the same thing. =20

> Well, I imagine he makes it fun for them. It seems to
> work for him and his students, so why knock it? There is
> always more than one "right" way to do things anyway. :-)
> Sue

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