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May 02, 2016


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Tatjana Merzyn

Dear Glenn,
Thank you for your comment and for challenging my thoughts!
Classical music education is normally aimed at perfection. In order to be able to practice and perform a piece well you need many skills, such as knowledge about musical structures and instrumental technique. I love the feeling of mastering a piece step by step and to immerse into the music but I know I have to invest a great deal of work in order to be successful.
What I´ve been referring to is that I felt a playful easiness doing Orff right away (at least if the instruction was well done) as the forms and techniques are so simple and thus easy to master.
For me it´s like climbing a high peak and taking a walk. Both is fulfilling but I wouldn´t like to miss the view from the high peak. I can take my students on a walk from time to time but I´d like to train them so they get the chance to get to the top as well.
I hope the idea has become clearer now!
Best wishes from Peru,


Dear Tatjana,

Thank you for your generous and insightful sharing. We look forward to hearing more about your explorations.

I'd enjoy hearing you develop this thought further: " using elementary forms of expression without feeling the pressures of being judged or of performing." and " I didn't have to worry about technique at any point. There was a natural flow in every action that was liberating."

Another time soon, I hope.


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