When It’s (Mostly) Okay to Mark Your Parts in Blue Pen

I was awestruck. Here was a world class musician with one of the longest professional careers on record and he had marked his parts more thoroughly than I had ever seen. Doing this may have rendered them unusable to other musicians, but it had effectively extended Martin Ormandy’s career by years if not decades. Instead of sitting silent, his cello entertained audiences long after most people would have retired.

When we teach a child to love making music, we are giving them skills that truly last a lifetime. Long after their last track meet or soccer game, they will still be able to participate in music. If part of that journey involves excessively marking a piece of music, that is perfectly fine!

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