What Makes up a Good Music Teacher?

So much depends on having a good music teacher! I’m not competent to argue whether all of us are born with the talent to become musicians, or at least to love music and to play an instrument well, or whether some or even most of it is a matter of one’s genes, or maybe the consequence of influences / experiences at a very early (maybe even pre-natal) stage — however, for sure, a bad teacher can ruin a lot in one’s musical life! …


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Early Encounters with Music

… I listened to all the shallow music that was broadcasted on the radio around 1960 (our radio was an old “steam radio” built into a book shelf). I also distinctly remember that on Sundays the radio always played classical music — typically chamber music, such as music for wind instruments by Mozart — and I hated that music — not because I disliked it, but …


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Encounters with Music Instruments

… in a family with 5 boys. My mother had been playing recorder when she was young. I remember that she had 2 – 3 recorders (alto and soprano). With 5 boys there was very little chance for quiet times to play — and for the instruments to survive! Once we got our hands on these instruments, we ruined them quickly by biting into the mouthpiece, destroying the labium with screwdrivers or needles, etc. …


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