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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000166.txt from 2005/05

From: Gary Smith <>
Subj: [kl] Another branch from the Rubank thread...
Date: Sun, 08 May 2005 09:07:40 -0400

The discussion has gotten on how you need supplemental material when
teaching from the Rubank books - what occurred to me was that usually
the student (assuming they're a child) is also active in a
school/youth band or orchestra. This, of course, provides a built-in
source of material (indeed, the parent in this case has often decided
on getting a private instructor after the child has gotten themselves
in WAY over their head, but that's another topic).

So my question is - what kind of success have some of you had with
students who AREN'T in one of these types of programs, for one reason
or another? Adult beginners are almost always in this position - what
approaches have worked? I'm not actively teaching lessons right now;
thinking about getting back into it, and I live in an area where:

a) there is only one community youth orchestra, and only one school
program of that sort - the rest are bands that
b) don't start until 7th grade
c) many of the private schools don't have band programs
d) we have a lot of military transplants who get here with a child
who's already had a year or two of band or orchestra.

On 5/6/05, Dee Flint <> wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Friday, May 06, 2005 7:21 PM
> Subject: Re: [kl] Rubank and Trills (for Paul Harris)
> > In a message dated 5/6/2005 4:13:06 PM Central Daylight Time,
> > writes:
> > If the student has not completed the equivalent of the Ruben Beginner
> > book,
> > they are not ready for and should not go into the Ruben Intermediate
> > book.>>
> >
> > What Dee said is correct. However, unless the student is really dedicat=
> > and a real "practicer" I usually put some supplemental material in
> > between. The
> > problem with the Intermediate Method is that it just gets to hard too f=
> > for most, but certainly not all, kids.
> >
> > Walter Grabner
> >
> > World-class clarinet mouthpieces
> Speaking from my own personal experience, I found the Intermediate to be =
> repetitious of material in the Rubank Beginner Book (except of course tha=
> the Intermediate did introduce some ornamentation) that I personally sail=
> through it in two months. I often recommend skipping it and going straig=
> from the Rubank Beginning book (a two year book by the way) right into th=
> Rubank Advanced Book.
> The supplemental material really should be used throughout the Rubank ser=
> as they are a deadly bore otherwise.
> Dee D. Flint
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