June 28, 2006 at 11:56 AMLast day of school for NYC public school teachers. I get the summer off as well. I am teaching one graduate course to new teachers coming into the system. It has been a great deal of fun. When I am done with the summer course I look forward to uninterrupted time to practice!
I am reading a great book (recommended by Evil Linda) - "Heifetz - As I Knew Him" by Ayke Agus (I bought a bunch of violin-related books recently from Amazon). It is a great read and chronicles Ms. Agus's relationship with Heifetz first as his masterclass student and then as his accompanist on the piano. I am only two chapters into it and enjoy the book very much so far. I bought it cheaply used on Amazon.com.
Peace be w/ you.
Finally got around to signing up and posting a comment to your blog. :-) Sorry it took me forever to get back to you after receiving your email a couple months ago. This seems like a nice place for your violin blog. Hey, that's a very nice new violin you got from Stringworks.com -- I actually read a little about it on the Stringworks forums shortly before you got it. :-) And I remember reading something about that nice new carbon fiber bow too, but I'm all too new to this violin bizz to comment on such.
And yes, I finally got around to joining the new Suzuki program w/ Jackie at the nearby Brooklyn Conservatory this past spring. :-) We haven't gotten very far yet, but Jackie's learning the 2nd song in Book 1 now while I'm learning the next 2 after that (and whatever relevant techniques and also fiddling w/ some other simple songs in between though trying to play "My Favorite Things" is quite difficult for this newbie :-p ). We will probably also sign Josh up for Suzuki class soon though I'm not sure how things will work out during the summer due to the conservatory's current policy -- Josh has learned a little by osmosis, and he's been very interested to learn.
And oh, btw, we're unexpectedly expecting baby #3 at year's end/new year! Maybe we'll manage to get a family string quartet going 10 or so years from now. ;-)
Anyway, the family is doing well in general, and we've finally got around to doing some needed renovations. Since you'll have free time during the summer, maybe you can come visit and jam w/ us a little -- well, that is if you don't mind playing Twinkle again... ;-)
God bless and take care...
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