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Philosophies on music, jazz, education, and life
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"ON MUSIC EDUCATION"
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ON THE NOBLE PROFESSION OF TEACHING...

"My philosophy of life goes with my philosophy of music and sharing it with my kids.  I'm glad I'm a teacher.  I'm glad my parents were teachers.  It is a noble profession, and I don't just mean teaching music.  It is very wrong to go through life and not give something back to other people.  I definitely believe in God and I think God wants life to be wonderful; but you have to work at it and contribute.  You can't just be a taker, you have to give."
ON SHARING MUSIC WITH STUDENTS...

"Music is for fun and relaxation.  It is an escape from the harsh realities of life.  It is a gift of God that helps us keep our sanity.  Let your students taste all of it.  If someone is going to deny any student a certain facet of the world of music, make sure that someone isn't you.  Would you be involved in music today if your teachers had forbidden you your favorite music?  Did you not find a teacher that you looked up to, a person you could communicate with, and through them find the joys of music?  Open up then, and show your students that wonderful and varied world of music."