Wednesday, March 06, 2002

The second composition candidate came today. I liked the orchestral piece he played in the afternoon, but wasn't too impressed with his morning teaching demonstration. He really just took the class through a step-by-step series of examples, presuming that the underlying concepts were already strong, and never actually explained any of the concepts he was supposed to teach. He also didn't seem to have very good classroom management skills, and his self-effacing manner hurt his presentation more than it helped it (in my opinion).

I finally got an e-mail from the SCI listserv which must mean I'm a member now. I registered back in November and the check finally cleared in January.

"I frequently compare a symphony or a sonata with a novel in which the themes are the characters. After we have made their acquaintance, we follow their evolution, the unfolding of their philosophy. Their individual features linger with us as if present. Some of these characters arouse feelings of sympathy, others repel us. They are set off against one another or they join hands; they marry or they fight." - Arthur Honegger

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