IHS E-Newsletter August 2017
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|Volume 3 Issue 7, August 2017|
The old adage, “Those who can’t, teach,” is not only passé, it is disparagingly false. Culture currently seems to promote specialists in so many pursuits, but our history demonstrates that great hornists have also been wonderful composers, violinists, organists, instrument makers, nuclear physicists, and even sausage mongers (or cheese mongers, depending on whose historical accounts are proven correct). For decades, there has existed a very large population of professional hornists who have worked full-time as music educators. Most of them don’t work in the limelight of a major orchestra chair – although a few do – or have their name attached to a record label as a spectacular soloist, and many of them want neither of those things; their satisfaction comes from training children to love music as much as they do. Make no mistake: music education is a tough career choice. Juggling administrative relationships, ever-changing curriculum edicts, show seasons, standardized classroom testing, band boosters, parent-teacher meetings, fund raisers, and bus duty – and this list is vastly longer – can easily pull a teacher away from the horn. Those who make the concentrated effort to pursue their playing careers at the highest level possible, however, are more likely to be those whose teaching never becomes routine or grows stale…the kinds of teachers with whom I’d want my own children to study.
This month’s edition of the IHS E-Newsletter introduces us to just a few of these marvelous colleagues who, each in his or her own unique and sometimes very personal way, relate to us the challenges and rewards of pursuing dual passions as well as some beautiful thoughts about how parallel careers can intersect and support one another.
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