April 18, 2007 at 6:58 PMI have never written a blog before, but felt like this was worthy.
I had a very funny conversation with one of my students the other day. He is 10 years old. It went like this...
Conversation with student...
Student: I don't want to play this song, there are too many high notes.
Me: If you don't like the high notes of the violin, you should play a different instrument.
Student: Like what? I like violin, just not the high notes.
Me: You could play viola.
Student: No, that sounds boring.
Me: The instrument's name sounds boring?
Student: Yes, vi-ol-a, that's boring. I don't want to play that instrument, it sounds stupid, I'll stick with violin, even if I have to play high notes.
Me: Laugh...ok, violin then.
Moral of the story...
If a student complains about not wanting to play a certain song, just threaten them with the viola, the student will rise to the occasion.
I knew the viola was good for something. (g)
BTW: What do you do when viola students refuse to play a piece, threaten them with bagpipes?
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