Monthly Archives: September 2016

STOP!

So simple it sounds silly: At a random time during practice, STOP! Ask yourself,

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4 Things to Say

If I had only 4 things to say: (1) The sound is the goal: To hear it objectively, record yourself. (2) To interpret a score is to recreate an object from its shadow. (3) A work of art is a machine with an esthetic purpose. (4) We learn what we do, not what we say […]

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Welcoming the Gifted?

Contrary to what many assume, teachers don’t necessarily welcome

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Almost Magic

Occasionally, something happens in teaching that seems a bit like magic, and may lighten the texture of the lesson from

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Texas Comparisons

“You play the Moonlight ver-ry good, young man, very good.” The old man’s New York accent stood out in the Texas crowd that had just given the Beethoven a standing ovation; and his Adam’s apple stood out from his throat as he continued, “I have Horowitz’s record of it. You play it very good, but […]

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Aphorisms 3

All that occurs, occurs through the student. Teach the student who’s in front of you. 


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