Thursday, September 13, 2007

School's in!

So here I am, the first day of classes was today and I actually don't have any classes until Monday. NCSA is interesting since it is not only a college, but there is also a high school here that has free tuition for any NC high school student. For percussion, there are around six high school students, mostly juniors and seniors. I think there's only one college student and there are three grads. As graduate students we had an opportunity today to listen to each student perform on timpani, snare drum and marimba. I was quite impressed. I think the level of perfomance ability was at a high level, especially for some of the students that have not had any private lessons. This made me think of my own experience that in high school I do not remember ever having private lessons in percussion. I did have piano up through my senior year but no percussion lessons except for a year or so of drumset lessons when I was around 13. This makes me wonder where would my level have been at the end of high school if I had lessons. These students are so lucky to have a conservatory experience at this age! Hopefully they will all realize this and take full advantage of it.

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