Clarinets and Wrestling


A Clarinet in the hands of a first time student makes an amorous cat or a trapped rat sound like heavenly music. You learn a lot about beginning music lessons when your classroom is next to the ex-closet which was the library but now  because of extreme overcrowding is now the instrumental music room (I had 42 students and the old library for my class that year). What you learn in this situation is that maybe music at least clarinet music isn’t worth the pain. I am sure that football coaches have nightmares about fumbles, pilots about crashes and music teachers about beginning clarinet students.   Mike M. was in my class with 6 other Mikes that year. It is still a pleasurable sensation to think about saying “Mike be quiet” and killing 7 birds with one stone. Mike’s mom showed up one day after school asking about music lessons for her son. It seems that her husband had signed Mike up for kiddy wrestling and mom unhappy with that decision was retaliating with clarinet lessons. I don’t remember who eventually won the  ongoing battle, excruciating pain in the closet or on the mat but I do remember that Mike was absent  every opening day for pheasant, duck, and deer hunting seasons as well as all the Fridays of  high school sports tournaments so I have my suspicions.

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About safrisri

I have been a teacher since 1971 and have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. My writings will reflect on my past mistakes and successes and what my students have taught me about education.
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