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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000932.txt from 2004/10

From: "Nicholas Yip" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] confidence in the band program
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2004 20:35:25 -0400

It is true that picking music too difficult is the clear mistake that most
band directors make. It convinces the students that they sound terrible,
they then lose confidence in the program and quit. There goes the program
and the director's job.

Nicholas Yip
Clarinetist and Music Teacher

>From: Adam Michlin <>
>Subject: RE: [kl] confidence in the band program
>Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2004 17:22:38 -0400
>It is unfortunate that I am not going to have the time to devote to this
>topic that I wish I could, but I do want to make one clarification on your
>very fine point.
>The mistake made by directors and private teachers who work measure by
>measure correcting everything that is wrong is not that they are shouldn't
>try to correct what is wrong. The mistake is, rather, giving the student or
>students music which is too difficult.
>Forgive me if I am nitpicking and I have no doubt you already knew this,
>but I thought it was worth being absolutely clear.
> -Adam
>At 04:02 PM 10/30/2004 -0400, Karl Krelove wrote:
>>Your approach sounds good. There's a fine line to be maintained between
>>shielding the kids from the truth (not correcting obvious problems) and
>>ignoring until later some details in order not to distract from the
>>students' working on and successfully solving more basic problems. I've
>>worked with and watched directors (and private teachers as well) who tried
>>to fix everything that was wrong at once. Measure by measure, note by
>>The time and attention spent on faults that occurred at many levels of
>>detail easily (almost necessarily) drove the things that went right into
>>insignificance, even when the teacher acknowledged them among all the
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