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The misguided Teacher.


From: mark
Date: 31 Mar 2006
Time: 06:28:05
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From: D.E. Martin
Category: Teaching
Date: 8/17/2000
Time: 2:58:05 AM
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This is a subject of some concern of mine. I am a stringed instrument sales person. In the past year I have encountered a couple of instances where a couple of students have been intentionally required, to some degree, to buy a new instrument from a particular dealer by the instructors advise. This has me slightly concerned for the fact that, in one particular instance the child's family bought a very nice violin, however, was considered inadequate for the teachers like. The violin the child had was in fact a very well made Chinese instrument with more than adequate workmanship and sound quality to be a fine first instrument. This instrument has been used in many fine schools and studios across the United Stated and has been accepted by many well established and reputable instructors. If the violin were an inferior instruments it would make some sense to eventually replace it, if and only if it is within a families budget. But, when the instrument is more than adequate for beginner work it makes me wonder what the instructors motive is for suggesting it be replaced? If the instructor/teacher suggest replacing the instrument but does not suggest a dealer, then there is a good chance that it may really need to be replaced. But, if it is recommended to be replaced and referred to a particular dealer, then there is cause to be concerned. It may be that the instructor/teacher is receiving kickbacks from the dealer for referrals. If this is the case, then the teacher/instructor is doing more harm than good. Well, I know this issue has been written by other people before. Even though I may have been a little vague and simplified on this issue, it should still be clearly understood. No teacher should ever dismiss a student from the fulfillment of learning a musical art regardless of the type of instrument one has. Unless it is literally falling apart or seriously damaged. Once the student has clearly made some accomplishments in their pursuit of the art, then it will clearly be more reasonable for them to make the decision to eventually replace it when the appropriate time comes.

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