Why we teach
Suzuki v. Traditional reasons

Connie Sunday said: May 13, 2012
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

I recently encountered some remarks by Condoleezza Rice which troubled me a little bit. I like her very much, and admire her. She spent most of her youth studying to be a pianist but attended a summer music camp (Aspen, I think ) and encountered a number of wunderkinder; she realized she would never play at that level, didn’t want to be a teacher, and ’spend her life helping 14 year-olds butcher Beethoven.’ (Something along those lines).

I don’t have a quarrel with her choice as an adult, not wanting to be a teacher—but if I expected all my students to become eminent enterpreters of the repertoire, I wouldn’t be able to teach at all. As everyone knows, that’s not what we work for. We try to produce (or help produce) “happy children” who know what it means to work hard, be accomplished, and who enjoy all the other many benefits of music study.

I was surprised at her remarks.


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Kehau Kuhi said: May 22, 2012
Phoenix, AZ
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Wow, that would give anyone who cares about teaching music a surprised reaction. I think it takes a certain kind of someone to realize the ‘beyond effect’ of teaching music.

If that was her remark, then good thing she didn’t become a teacher!
I feel bad for her teacher…

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