Category Archives: Education

Teachers: An Endangered Species

The last video in the DriveADoubleBass series went on the air. I have received many nice comments and I am very grateful to those people who took the time to tell me what they have learned and say they wish … Continue reading

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Safe Zone

To Ryoko Baba Music has always been a part of man’s life. In ancient times, even before anyone spoke about the importance of music education, old nations and tribes made music. It was not due to the abundant publication of … Continue reading

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To Be and To Love

In the last lesson of our class, Teaching is an Art, we did a little exercise in perception: I was showing excerpts from a film and I asked my students to write down every little thing they noticed. I was … Continue reading

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De gustibus non est disputandum[1]

The subject of quality is a reoccurring motif in the discussions. You hear about quality everywhere and it seems a subject which has become fashionable – bon ton[2]. Surprisingly enough, there is hardly a disagreement about quality. Once it is … Continue reading

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Yes/No Questions

As I was suggesting a new exercise the other day, one of the students asked: Why do we need to do it? We know it already. ”I was confused for a moment. Usually I encourage my students to ask questions, … Continue reading

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Yield

In our last lesson, we watched the film Tous les matins du monde (All the mornings in the world) starring Gerard Depardieu and his son Guillaume. The film is about the Viola da Gamba virtuoso Marain Marrais and his relationship … Continue reading

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Four Pillars

To Leland Means Early in my career I was teaching a high school student whose main interest was visual art. One day, her mother told me her daughter was worried that I was upset with her or frustrated because she … Continue reading

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