Music Education: Opportunities Missed and Taken

Cliff Yankovich The first part of this piece might be subtitled “Rebel Without a Clue” and has to do with the regrets that plague me for not capitalizing on a musical education that was right in my own house. My hope in sharing it is that some young person somewhere might read it and be motivated to take full advantage of a musical opportunity that might be staring he or sh...
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Cliff’s Story

Cliff Yankovich I am 56 years old and was lucky enough to go to school when music played a fairly large part of public school curriculum. Here are some highlights of the teachers and programs that helped shape my life and appreciation of music. Mr. Mooney was my teacher in 5th grade at University Heights Elementary in Tucson, AZ in 1968. We had him all day for the three Rs, bu...
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An Interview with Jim Fox

Cliff Yankovich I recently had the opportunity to get some insight on musical education from one of my favorite drummers, Jim Fox, who put his training to work with a couple of his friends in The James Gang. Like many of us, Jim went to school at a time when musical education was a regular part of public school curriculum. He remembers a teacher coming around to the various ro...
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