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 Giving advise.
Author: Ed Palanker 
Date:   2019-05-20 17:10

Last week I went to Toronto to visit a former student that plays in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The night after he made a "clarinet" party and invited every professional clarinet player in the area to meet me, one drove from Hamilton and asked me to sign a copy of my fingering chart from my website, that was a first for me. In any case, there was a young man that works in the education department of the symphony and plays clarinet, not in the orchestra, and he thanked me for giving him advise when he was 14 years old on this board that helped him decide on his career choice. It was a great party, the clarinet section of the TSO sounded great. They played Mahler 7 th. Had a great visit.

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 Re: Giving advise.
Author: Hank Lehrer 
Date:   2019-05-20 19:29


That's a wonderful story but in no way a surprising one.

As a former HS band director (18 years) and finally as a retired university professor in aeronautics (34 years), I never cease to be amazed by the thoughtful revelations I hear and read from my former students. Many of them are now music as well as aviation professionals.

Looking back on the events and trials/tribulations that we jointly enjoyed/endured, it is starling to hear their take on what they remember about our time together. The revelations are often heartwarming, humbling, and very humorous. I love it and enjoy hearing from them.

I always said that I wanted my music students to be better than I ever was in my prime. For the aviators, I said "you'll be flying aircraft that I was not even allowed to touch when I was your age" These were good things for me to strive for since in probably no other profession like teaching does one have such an opportunity to forever shape young men and women's lives. Call it advice, mentoring, assistance, or just plain "pointing one in the right direction", it is very fulfilling to have been a part of the process.


Post Edited (2019-05-21 00:01)

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 Re: Giving advise.
Author: Maruja 
Date:   2019-05-20 20:23

I was blown away when I first posted a question on the BBoard (as a very raw beginner) and received a really full response from Ed. Why would he bother? was my first thought. But great teachers love to share their knowledge and experience and I was tremendously grateful to him (and to all the other posters who have taken the trouble to reply to what might sometimes seem rather naive questions).
Long may it continue!

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