"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, 34

I played a beautiful 16th century Spanish waltz on baritone uke for Kindergarten musicians this morning. They listened with an intensity which astonished me: there was not one teeny wiggle or sound during the entire two minutes. At the end...

Kirsyn* : That was so sad.

Manton*: I think it was beautiful.

Angelina*: It sounded like a desert.

*Kirsyn, Manton and Angelina are not, of course, the real names of these young, very aware musicians.

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