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    Just discovered Trumpet Master

    Greetings to all, I can see that this is a great site. I'm from Plainview, New York. I used to play a lot of gigs, but that became less and less until it got to zero over the years. Now I work as a junior high school band director full time. I try to practice here and there but I have limited time to put in the hours that it takes to keep my lip going. I'm 54. Seems harder and harder to maintain any amount of endurance and control these days. But I still love to play. Freddie Hubbard was my hero. I hope to pick up tips both to be a better player and also a better teacher. Looking forward to meeting many of you.

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    Welcome to TM!
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    Very welcome to TM, Spideriffic!

    I hope to pick up tips both to be a better player and also a better teacher.
    I bet you have some good ideas to share as well!

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    welcome!
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    Spideriffic - Welcome to our humble, reserved and quiet (NOT!) group. We particularly appreciate music educators here because we realize that there is the secret to keeping the younger generation interested in making music and the performing arts rather than simply playing video games and texting each other.

    Speaking personally, I had great music directors when I was in elementary through high school. They were very positivie and encouraging, even to those who were not particularly talented, and even though I started 55 years ago, I still hold those experiences as cherished memories. My 11-year old grandson is starting middle school this year and is going to play cornet in the band. I gave him one of my Olds Ambassador cornets and even though the other kids all have new, shiny trumpets, the band teacher told him that the cornet was a valuable heirloom and was a wonderful playing instrument and that he should really take care of it and learn to value it. Now, instead of hiding it, he shows it off to the others and tells them it was handed down from his grandfather and it is an important element of musical history. And, the other kids are now duly impressed. A good music teacher can have very far-reaching effects.

    From all of us at TM, thank you very much for your contribution.
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    Welcome to TM. I second all that Comebackkid said.
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    Thanks so much for that post, I enjoyed reading it. Yes, I've been realizing more and more over the years the awesome responsibility that comes with being a teacher. The teacher absolutely sets the tone in the classroom that determines whether learning is pleasant or not. The most important thing is making that human connection, even if, as you say, the student is not necessarily talented. My goal is to teach young students that become music lovers as adults. They don't have to become professional musicians (of course that's fine if they do!) but they should have a greater appreciation of the accomplishments of the pros.

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    Welcome to TM, Spideriffic! Make 'em learn their scales!
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    Welcome to TM, enjoy your stay.

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    Welcome to TM, Spideriffic! I went off to college as a Music Ed major and soon discovered I just don't have what it takes to connect with the kids. Anyone who can, year after year, has my most sincere admiration.

    I hope you enjoy your visits here; this is a wonderful community and a treasure trove of valuable insights.
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