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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000908.txt from 2004/10

From: "Nicholas Yip" <clarinets21@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] confidence in the band program
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2004 00:39:44 -0400


I teach out at Miramonte High School in Orinda, Ca. My feeder program only
has a small band.

Nicholas Yip
Clarinetist and Music Teacher

>From: kurtheisig@-----.net
>Reply-To: klarinet@-----.org
>To: klarinet@-----.org
>Subject: Re: [kl] confidence in the band program
>Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 21:31:10 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
>
>Nicholas,
>
>Where do you teach?
>
>I see drop out rates of as high as 80%. In one of those schools they hired
>one of my college students. She changed that to a 92% retention rate in her
>first year! She was a college freshman!
>
>I would be glad to share details of how we get kids REALLY excited about
>music with anyone.
>
>The first thing that we did was to STRONGLY urge ALL parents to get the
>kids good equipment---"MUSIC IS ITS OWN REWARD"! There is little if any
>reward on average or poor equipment.
>There is HUGE reward with equipment that works VERY well!
>
>The first thing that we tell all of the kids is a good mouthpiece.
>
>Brasses---CG Personal for trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn. Trombone
>---Schilke 52, Euphonium 52D in Gold, French Horn Schilke 32 or better 32
>in Gold, Bass Trombone Schilke 60, and Tuba Conn Helleberg.
>
>Wdwds---clarinet Morgan Protone, same for saxes. Of course, my classical
>mouthpieces for as many of the kids as will buy them.
>
>Reeds, generally Vandoren regular cuts. We also have some super exciting
>Buffet # 2 1/2, and 3 in stock---GREAT STUFF!!!
>
>Instruments---Flute Jupiter 511N (they now seem to have bought the
>silver-plate MYTH!), clarinets---Buffet B12 (not B10!!!!) with the ring key
>pads changed out ---smaller, thinner, harder pads. Saxes ---Jupiter
>---which I do up to $300 labor to to improve them! Trumpets ---Jupiter.
>Trombones ---Besson, though they seem to no longer be interested in selling
>the good models they used to make. So it appears there is not a good
>student trombone currently made. Euphonium---B&S. French Horn---CONN 8D!!!
>(only good choice).
>
>The band method we use is the "EASY STEPS TO THE BAND" by Maurice Taylor.
>This method produces MUCH better results than anything else we have seen.
>(and I have been teaching 41 years !!!!!).
>
>We have a number of specific things that we do for each
>instrument---brasses 2/3's on the top lip!!! (see St Jacome ORIGINAL---100
>years old---method , or the new Claude Gordon edition which RESTORES St
>Jacomes teaching. or Clarke's teaching or Claude Gordon's works.)
>
>There is a new comprehensive band method coming out soon ---written by
>myself. It is being tested by my co-author, Andy Love in east San Jose,
>California this year.
>
>call me at (831) 425-5658 for any enquiries about this new method, or for
>advice---always glad to give it!
>
>I DO strongly URGE the use of the "Easy Steps to the Band", it is a great
>method!!!
>
>20% improved to 92%---check us out!
>
>Kurt
>
>
>
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Nicholas Yip <clarinets21@-----.com>
>Sent: Oct 29, 2004 6:13 PM
>To: klarinet@-----.org
>Subject: [kl] confidence in the band program
>
>
>I just joined a new job this semester and am finding out that the students
>in the program lack confidence that they can sound good when they practice
>and play. I love this job and am enthusiastic to be there, and I think it
>is
>starting to grow on them. Does anyone out there find this happening to
>their
>students in the band program?
>
>
>Nicholas Yip
>Clarinetist and Music Teacher
>
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