"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, 6

Kindergarten Music class with lots of kids...all seated in a performance circle, with instruments of their choosing (drums, ukes, whatever)on the floor in front of them, ready to play.

Me: OK, so hold up your fingers to show me how many people play on a 'solo'. ....Yep,
that's right: just one person plays on a solo.

The children smile and nervously tap their knees.

Me: So what's your job when your name is called to play a solo?
Kids: To make up something we like and play it!
Me: Right. And what's your job if your name isn't the one that's called?

Luther* (looking up at me with big eyes and a resigned expression): to be patient?

*Luther, of course, is not this musician's real name.

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