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Assignment: The Power of a Child

Nov 2, 2015 5:00:00 PM / by Benjamin Zander posted in Shaping Future Leaders through Music, Assignments, White Sheets

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To dramatize this assignment, I told the orchestra the story of the great cellist Jaqueline Du Pré, who, at the age of five, entered her first competition. She was seen running gleefully down a corridor with her cello held high, like a banner. The parent of another child, seeing the broad grin on Jackie’s face, said: “Well, I can see that you have already played”. “No!” Jackie flashed back, “I am just about to!”
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Assignment: Lighten Up

Nov 2, 2015 5:00:00 PM / by Benjamin Zander posted in Shaping Future Leaders through Music, Assignments, White Sheets

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Emily used the first assignment to resolve a difficult situation concerning a perennial issue for musicians playing in orchestras – namely her seat assignment, and thereby, came up with an insight that could be useful for everybody:
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Assignment: Take Three Giant Steps

Nov 2, 2015 5:00:00 PM / by Benjamin Zander posted in Shaping Future Leaders through Music, Assignments, White Sheets

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For this assignment I asked the members to report back about their steps, so I was inundated. It was hard to choose from the vast number of written responses to this assignment. One day I will put their responses in a book!
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