Tag: College Prep

“Don’t do education!”

…there are so many things you do without thinking about them — that you’ll be a terrible teacher. How will you explain playing in tune? You do it, but you can’t tell me how. What are you going to do when your band gets some technically difficult passage, just tell ’em to ‘play it’? How will you explain hearing what you see? A performer never has to explain those things. And besides, you don’t want to waste your time on teenagers. They are high maintenance, make stupid decisions and ruin their lives. And your failures will significantly out number your successes. Don’t do education. Be a performer and get paid for what you can do.

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The Cost of NOT Volunteering….one story

To go to Duke for $8,000/yr is pretty amazing, but he could have gone for FREE if he had known this one thing.

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3 Scholarship Strategies That Worked for Me and Mine

It used to be that “March Madness” meant more than just basketball. The school would emphasize the mostly local scholarships that would be awarded and presented on “Achievement Night” toward the end of the school year. There is still a push in mid-spring, but the local Guidance Department now organizes scholarships by application due date and there is clearly a newer emphasis on working at the scholarship process throughout the (mostly) senior year.

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Respect, Preparation and Appreciation for your Pianist

by John Gardner January is a month that often includes preparation for solo festival. Many will have an opportunity to practice with an accompanist, perhapsĀ a new experience. As instrumentalists, you should realize how long it takes to learn to play

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10 Anti-Excellence HS Peer Pressure Standards

I’m tired of being the geek. I’m tired of ruining the curve. I’m tired of people getting mad at me because I do the extra credit anyway. I want to go somewhere I can be normal; where it is okay to be an achiever.

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What I Learned From A Korean Exchange Clarinet Student

A few years ago I had a Korean clarinet student during a semester that he was an exchange student here. I met him on a cold winter day. Waiting for him in the lobby of the Fine Arts Building at Huntington University, I saw him jump out of the car, no coat — and with clarinet already assembled and literally running to the building. He was not late.

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Technology in the Classroom, a negative with the mega schools, and more

This stock Internet photo can be used for several discussions: College lecture halls have changed since I was in one. Paper and pencil notes no longer the norm, although you can find students with paper … and some with no

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Dream, Focus, Follow and Never Give Up

By John Gardner Anyone with a Facebook or Twitter account can find entries like, “Ugh, have to work today” or “only 2 more hours ’til I get off”. And many of these posts are from teens that have just entered

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Special Education at the other end of the spectrum

The world is so full of mediocrity. Have you ever had a student at the “other” end of the special ed spectrum? You know…. the end that also requires extra teacher input and attention; where it is just as challenging

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Example: Colleges Pay for those who Play WELL

“I’m paying for your college education one week at a time. By the time you graduate you should be good enough that someone will pay you to come to their school.”

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