From Freshman to Senior

May 8, 2007

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I sat at an undergraduate composers concert last night. There were a handful of my current Freshmen students up there on the stage, playing new music by their classmates. And then there were the “seasoned” Seniors playing music by their classmates. The freshmen were squeaky clean, young and perky, and a little geeky. The seniors have more mature hair styles now, more calm faces, better technique, and older and wiser. Seeing students age before my eyes is one of the things I love watching as a teacher. Even more amusing, well, perhaps interesting, is seeing alums show up to concerts, now teachers themselves with grey hair, a bit more of a paunch, and thicker glasses. Everyone ages at different rates it seems. As I get older, teaching keeps me young.

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