"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


A moment in the day

So today I had the big first grade class using picks. (We made picks out of big yogurt lid ones, that make a great sound.) Kids on ukes & guitars and one kid drummer.

I've been teaching them to mute, so that they can work just on steady beat. We hit a moment today with one of the drummers, when it was all in the pocket--actually sounded like a baby Django band. For about 10 seconds.


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