07. October 2009 · 1 comment · Categories: Ramble

I recently read something from a student who is also now teaching. It was clear she was relishing “nailing” the students on their lack of knowledge. I commented, “I’ve found the closer to having been in school (or still IN school) the teacher the tougher the grader. Funny how that goes!”

She replied, “oh I feel the same way. for me it’s because I know what kind of [expletive deleted] students pull cause I did it not too long ago”

And I guess that was supposed to be a good thing?

She isn’t the first one I’ve found to be acting this way. Some have told me how they yell at students. Some how they like to “catch them” doing something wrong or foolish. Some like to trick the students. They tend to be harsh graders. I think they need a bit of time to get over their own memories of abuse or some such thing. I definitely think they are teaching too soon if they are mainly enjoying this sort of odd torture of students.

But I do understand.

I was a much tougher instructor when I was younger, and I wasn’t always very nice. I’m still demanding, and I’m still challenging, but I hope I’ve learned to treat students the way I prefer to be treated. I’m sorry to read of these younger teachers and their behavior. I’m especially bothered by the glee they seem to experience when they catch a student doing something wrong or giving an incorrect answer.

Okay. I’m done whining about that.

Now on to symphony … we’ll see what kind of whining I do after the two rehearsals today! I’m nervous about the Ravel works, and I need to get that out of my system so I can enjoy the music!

07. October 2009 · 4 comments · Categories: TQOD

Making an oboe reed requires a clear, calm, and patient mind.

07. October 2009 · Comments Off on Read Online · Categories: Read Online

Why are there no more great classical composers?

… here are all the answers I read. Enjoy!:

  • Because people like to listen to songs about shoes now.
  • intellect drain,
    talent drain,
    the world is no longer pastoral,
    synthesizers, (although I think Beethoven and Bach might have liked synths.)
    Ipod playlist listening styles,
    No one takes band or orchestra in school anymore.
    thats just for openers.

  • While there are contemporary composers who are working today, most of them are scoring movies rather than new symphonies. Unfortunately movies pay a lot more than waltzes, sonatas and symphonies. There is another factor; few of the ‘Great Classical Composers” were particularly reknown let alone widely celebrated in their own lifetimes. Modern media ‘creates’ instant greatness when history will tell us we were really only seeing mediocrity – in sports, music, entertainment generally. Classical music is not a genre which lends itself to such instant treatment!
  • I do not know. That is quite troubling.
  • because everyone is entertained by electronics, technology and food and we are all conveniently lazy because of it :]
  • Supply and demand.No demand no supply. Today people have a short span of attention.Two and a half minutes songs it’s all they can handle.
  • Cause now everyone’s a bunch of posers.
  • they are known for going insaine.
  • because they’re all dead now.
  • there are. but their songs aren’t old enough to be classics. so they’r not called classical composers.
  • There are! But people aren’t into classical music anymore s it’s not as known as any other music would be. People listen to songs about nonsense. But there are plenty of composers out there..
07. October 2009 · Comments Off on I Love the 80s: Free Download! · Categories: Free!

So … did you love the 80s? Are you dying for music from the 80s? Or are you now shrugging your shoulders and thinking I’ve totally lost it?

Oh … you probably think I’m talking about the 1980s. NOT SO.

I’m talkin’ 1880s. And Amazon has an offer you might want to check out. 🙂

If you prefer Philip Glass to the 1880s, check out this.