"The free play of art is the result of mastery. " --Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." --Ladybird Johnson

"...a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand...." --Zoltan Kodaly


Daily life, 14

Today, in Grade 4 Music, I was playing "Paper Moon" from the swing music chart, rather than a simpler melody + accompaniment form, just to see how the kids did, singing in an arrangement that fit the style.

They did GREAT. Held their own, like the strong musicians they are. I, of course, just about leapt off the piano bench and started talking a mile a minute.

Me: Wow, you all are the cat's pajamas! You sound GREAT!
Kids (beaming and laughing): You sure are getting excited.
Me: Oh, you wanted a calm reaction? Well now, boys and girls, didn't
that sound just swell. Good job.
Kids: Yuck! That's creepy! Don't make yourself sound like a regular
grownup--we like it better the real way!

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