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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000737.txt from 2004/10

From: Tony Pay <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Appealing to the superficial
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 10:39:40 -0400

On 25 Oct, Adam Michlin <> wrote:

> The fundamentals *must* come first. And yes, some kids don't like this. Too
> bad. Teaching isn't a popularity contest, teaching is about educating
> students even if they don't always wish to be educated. If you don't
> realize this, I suspect you haven't spent much time in front of a classroom
> full of school aged children.

I spent several months just after university, teaching mathematics to 12-16
year olds, in 1966. Even that appalled me.

> And you say I'm appallingly sure of myself.

Yes, you are. People like you are why we took both of our children out of
school at age around 8. The younger one subsequently went back in at 15, but
that was his choice. The elder one just got top marks in his year, and a
prize for that, in his university finals, without ever going back into

> PS: You never answered my question about playing K622 with a band.

No, I didn't. But I don't even know that I would necessarily accept an
engagement with all even standard orchestras, or conductors.

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