The Music Performance School of the Future: Shifting to a decentralized structure.

Schools should return to the ancient idea of the Akademia, wherein a group of dedicated learners gathers around a single master, forming a school of thought or a community of learning. I still hold this to be the most important base for one’s education, but I also would put forward that this can be put under the umbrella of a new, decentralized institution. Here’s how.

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What Do You Want?

This isn’t as much about music as it is about a general principle that effects anybody’s life outcomes. This post is about the audacity of confronting your deepest desires and the courage to answer with honesty when asking yourself the most defining question of your life:

What do you want?

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Educational Institutions Should Guarantee Their Work

We expect those involved in any kind of labor to guarantee the quality of their work. If the work isn’t up to the qualifications of the person purchasing it, the laborer is required to either refund or redo. We expect this of someone payed a few-hundred dollars for landscaping, but not of those running a system convincing young people that their only ticket to a quality life-style is an education system that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars which they can only fund through non-dischargeable debt? How is it we don’t demand by law they guarantee their work? This, my friends, is clown world.

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Teaching Kids to Concentrate

While there is no evidence that playing a musical instrument will increase your child’s intelligence, it will certainly increase their mental stamina, taking whatever raw intelligence they possess and maximizing its potential. Let me show you how. All you’ll need is a great teacher, a dedicated parent, and a violin.

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On Institutions: An Obligatory Introduction

As I sat down to write this blog post (the subject matter has been ruminating in my mind for a while now), I soon realized that to do it true justice would take me a considerable period of time in research, thought, writing, and editing. However, I’m determined to make a weekly entry of this blog, and due to the rest of my schedule I’m already a couple days behind. So, I figured that instead of an in depth look into institutions, musical or otherwise, I thought I’d post a short summary of my thoughts. Please post yours in the comments.

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Challenge Your Teachers

The student teacher dynamic is a weird one. The teacher is in a position of authority over the student. However, the student has contracted the teacher which, in any other field, would give the student authority. Who is the real boss?

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Why Teachers Fail

“Those Who Can’t Do, Teach”

-George Bernard Shaw

As someone who takes great pride in his own teaching and commitment to students, this pithy quote by George Bernard Shaw used to bother me a fair bit. I’m an accomplished violinist and an active performer. I’m dedicated to pedagogy because I suffered from bad teaching growing up and now want to help others. I spent years painstakingly dissecting every facet of violin playing in order to effectively teach it. It stung to hear teaching was the jurisdiction of the failed. Now, however, that phrase bothers me because it is 99% accurate.

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