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EARLY Steps.�There will be found in all dis�tricts some persons not friendly to instruction in music in the schools, and one or more that are bit�terly opposed to it. These persons should be handled with gloves; reasoned with and persuaded. As among bad boys, if one is won to the teacher's cause, he will do much toward making the others behave ; so by making an ally of one of the original oppo�nents of music, the others maybe weakened in their opposition. At any rate, let not the teacher who loves music and desires to have its refining influence
in his school�let not such be afraid to approach the enemies of musical instruction, whether the hostility has its origin in penuriousness or prejudice. The blacksmiih instructs his apprentice to keep close to the horse to avoid being hurt in the event of an acci�dent. It will surely not be denied that if tact and persuasion are the only instruments, " the end justi�fies the means." Begin by getting an opinion in favor of music from the patrons; proceed by getting a similar opinion from the school. When singing has been introduced, make it as general as possible,
M. Lindsay.
but, should a pupil desire not to sing (make it im�possible for him to refuse), let him be excused on apparently good grounds. Let not boys from twelve to sixteen be urged to sing. If their voices are rough, or breaking, advise them not to sing; and if pupils cannot sing in tune, do not permit them to sing�at least, not with the more tuneful children. Children with chronic sore-throat, or bad colds, and young ladies who say it tires them, should not be urged to sing, since great oare should be taken of the voices of children. What children shall study is
not generally in the power of the teacher to decide, the directors usually claiming that authority. Let music be treated in the same manner. Give all a chance to join in the exercise, but because a few re. fuse to take part, do not give up in despair. To bring about the introduction of music, do not call a town-meeting. Such a course gives rise to a division of opinion and argument contrary to the movement on foot, and when a person has once taken a stand publicly on a measure, he seldom leaves the position chosen, Look, therefore, to early steps.�Blackman.
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