25. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Videos

So maybe these guys have a lot of time on their hands ..? Ya think?

25. June 2013 · 2 comments · Categories: TQOD

found an Oboe Reed in my MOM’s Purse.

25. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online, Videos

Who were some of your teachers?
During my Harvard years I studied with the second oboist of the Boston Symphony, Jean de Vergie. In high school I had two great teachers, Anton Maile and Josef Marx. Josef Marx

Fernand Gillet
treated his pupils in such an unusual way. After the lesson he would always walk you out of the apartment and wait for you at the elevator. We always called him by his first name. His respect for his students stays with me.
When Jean de Vergie retired to go to Florida, someone said to try Fernand Gillet, former principal at the Boston Symphony, who had retired at age 83. I went to study with him, and that’s what changed my life. He’d been a fighter pilot during World War I, and he wrote his etude books while on leave. He was twinkly-eyed and very energetic. He said, “I’m here to teach you how to practice, not how to play. Practice is an art in itself. Practicing is a way of life.”

RTWT

Something I know for sure is that a majority of students don’t really understand what practice means. I like the last quote above!

25. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fun, Videos

Music can be made with nearly anything …

Thanks, Anne Krabill, for bringing this to my attention! :-)