My student Katy Ladner transferred to me when she was in 8th grade. Her tone was bad, her technique was bad, and musicality?? I set out to “fix” her but nothing seemed to work for the whole first year. Then she attended the winner’s recital for the Seattle Flute Society Horsfall contest and heard some of my other students. Katy was transfixed. “I want to do that!” So she practiced 2-3 hours a day. Every day-even when she went on an Alaskan cruise. The next year Katy won 3rd place in the contest, the following year she was 1st, the last year she won 2nd place in the MTNA nationals and a nice scholarship to Eastman! Katy later received her Master’s degree from Rice and now, having won three auditions, will be the new 3rd flute/picc player for the Nashville Symphony!
What are the lessons learned?
1)The playing of your older students can influence and inspire your younger students so plan events where they can mingle
2) Wow. Practicing works. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Luckily, Katy had both.
3) There are jobs out there!
Tags: A success story