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sorry for the lame thread….LOL

Items in my studio lost and found:
1 blue plastic squirt gun
1 yellow plastic horse
1 Lego flag
1 "V" Go Fish playing card

I took these items to my students' recent recital in a basket and had no takers, so they ended up in my studio again…
Anything interesting in your lost and founds?


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Barb,
I have been able to return items to kids the following week.

Regarding little items that you mentioned, I would not allow them to junk up my studio. If the squirt gun still works, I'd put it in the bag to go to Good Will.

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I have a beautiful navy blue glass plate from the last recital. I've sent out emails and notes, but no takers. It seems way too nice for someone to view as a throw away. I feel quilty with it being in my china cabinet. Perhaps at this years recital someone will notice it and claim it.

Other than that, I only get tiny little things - pins, beads. Anything else gets returned the following week.

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Originally Posted by Joyce_dup1
I have a beautiful navy blue glass plate from the last recital. I've sent out emails and notes, but no takers. It seems way too nice for someone to view as a throw away. I feel quilty with it being in my china cabinet.


Hi Joyce,
That plate sounds like the one I lost. Not sure how it got to your recital. Would you mind mailing it back to me?

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Wait. As I think of it, I don't want to put you to the trouble and expense of mailing it. So, Joyce, you may keep the glass plate (guilt free). If anyone asks where you got it, you can let them know your friend, Ann, gave it to you.

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LOL! I have a couple of nice umbrellas, nothing cool like a blue squirt gun, though.


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How about what's in your student's lost and founds?

For instance, how much sheet music have you lent your students that they never gave back? I passed the $500 mark a while back.

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That's absolutely not acceptable. Why do you let your students get away with that?


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You tell that to my students. And your own.

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What do you mean?


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I usually don't lend books out. If I do, I generally mention it every time until I get it back, but it's usually not a problem for me. When I loan a book I usually place an order for them for that book and so I swap them when the new one comes in.


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I do have a "lending library" of duplicate books, old books, and junk music books that they give out as freebie gifts at the MTAC Convention. I also had a few students who quit lessons, and then as a parting gift they gave me their entire library of used method books. I also inherited shelves of old books from retired and/or deceased MTAC members. I can't seem to find people who want these books.


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Actually, the worst offenders are my chamber music and vocal partners. I always buy my own parts because I hate playing with copies. One cellist, with whom I've worked my whole life, has an entire collection of cello parts that go with my piano parts, little pieces and sonatas. I got wise about 8 years ago and started giving HIM the copies. He didn't like that, but I told him he could always get his own originals; he wasn't getting mine until he gave me back all the ones he'd kept over the years. Since then, I only give out copies of parts if people don't bring their own. And I learned early on never to give parts to singers because they just won't give them back.

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AZN, I've inherited 3 "libraries" of reference books and music scores. Those are wonderful! I keep the scores I don't have and give the rest to my students. The reference books are invaluable. If you have any of those, please let me know and I'll take them off your hands if I can use them.

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Originally Posted by laguna_greg
Actually, the worst offenders are my chamber music and vocal partners. I always buy my own parts because I hate playing with copies. One cellist, with whom I've worked my whole life, has an entire collection of cello parts that go with my piano parts, little pieces and sonatas. I got wise about 8 years ago and started giving HIM the copies. He didn't like that, but I told him he could always get his own originals; he wasn't getting mine until he gave me back all the ones he'd kept over the years. Since then, I only give out copies of parts if people don't bring their own. And I learned early on never to give parts to singers because they just won't give them back.

There is NO EXCUSE for professional chamber musicians not to bring their own parts and own the score. For me, anyone that shows up for a rehearsal and asks "Do you have my part" will be out the door immediately.


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Tell that to them. I've been saying it for years.

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Why don't you try showing up without your part and see what they think. laugh They can't complain, if they do the same thing.


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Originally Posted by Polyphonist
Why don't you try showing up without your part and see what they think. laugh They can't complain, if they do the same thing.
Exactly. Some people learn after only having that done to them once smile .


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Why don't you try showing up without your part and see what they think. laugh They can't complain, if they do the same thing.
Exactly. Some people learn after only having that done to them once smile .


That's all very well and good, except that these are the people who hired me. And who got the gig in the first place. I've not even been the featured artist here, contractually.

Do you two actually do this for a living? Ever? I mean really, it doesn't do to bite the hand that feeds you. Show them up, of course, but don't bite them back.

They can get somebody else to play, and sometimes do...

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Why don't you try showing up without your part and see what they think. laugh They can't complain, if they do the same thing.
Exactly. Some people learn after only having that done to them once smile .


That's all very well and good, except that these are the people who hired me. And who got the gig in the first place. I've not even been the featured artist here, contractually.

Do you two actually do this for a living? Ever? I mean really, it doesn't do to bite the hand that feeds you. Show them up, of course, but don't bite them back.

They can get somebody else to play, and sometimes do...
I don't see it as biting the hand that feeds at all. I'm only responsible for my music when I show up at a rehearsals - not really sure why it would be any other way.


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