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Ben Clapton

Too Busy... but always time for Christmas Joy

November 28, 2006 at 4:09 PM

Yes, I think this time I may have bitten off more than I can chew.

I'm music director for a carols night, on the 16th. I've got my string trio who need to prepare about an hours worth of music for the carols night and a wedding the day after. Plus I made myself available for a production that's running pretty much every night from now until the 16th. And I'm supposed to get my own practice in where?

Oh well, there will be plenty of time over Christmas and January.

But Christmas Joy today. One of my students, I've been having a tough time with him. He hadn't really been progressing very well, and there's something wrong with his hearing - he can't really hear the difference between semitones. If I play an F and an F# he says they sound the same. I was at a bit of a loose end, and was going to suggest that they contact a different teacher, one who had had a lot more experience in teaching children than I had. So in the lesson today, he has a bit of a chat to me, saying that he wasn't enjoying the violin because he didn't feel that he was progressing very much. I said that I had been thinking the same things, and told him that I was going to have a chat to his dad about switching to a different teacher. But he says to me "I don't want to learn from another teacher." And here's me thinking "Oh, so you want to give up the violin completely?" and he says "No, I want to learn from you."

From a little guy who you're not really sure sometimes whether you've made a connection with him or not, those words are the best Christmas present that I could have ever been given. The fact that they later gave me a bottle of wine as my Christmas present just tops the cake!

From jennifer steinfeldt warren
Posted on November 29, 2006 at 1:07 AM
That's really sweet!

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