"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, 73

In First Grade Music today...

Me "And what's this part of the xylophone, this big part on the bottom?"

Kids "The resonating chamber!!!"

Jack*   "I think that part is really big and really empty."

Rachel*  "Well, that depends on how you look at it."

Me   "Hmm....first, yep, it's the resonating chamber.  Good memory, everybody.  Second, Jack, you're right, it's the biggest part and there's nothing inside.  Rachel, can you tell me more about that?"

Rachel*    "Well....it IS empty, in one way.  But if you look at it another way, it's really fulled up."

Me    "Hmmm....tell me a little more, OK?"

Rachel*   "Well, it's all full.   It's full, you know, with all of those sound waves and all of that sound."


See you tomorrow.


*Rachel and Jack are, of course, not these young musician's real names.

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