Blog written by Jairo Geronymo, pianist, Berlin, Germany

Last month a former student of mine at Ithaca College, Justine Popik, visited me for a weekend in Nuremberg. She told me that her classmates would take note of my (in) famous catchy phrases about music. I have been known to use any means possible to get students to remember certain concepts.

In one class, I asserted that the fourth degree in a scale can be harmonized with either the subdominant or dominant seventh chord--a bisexual scale degree. I am sure that the students in that class still remember the sexual inclinations of the fourth degree of a scale.

Justine mentioned to me that one of her favorite phrases that she heard from me was: “You thought that you came here to learn the A flat minor scale but I will teach you the art of seduction”. I do not recall how I came to such a statement . It might be related to the fact that every scale had its ‘dance’ so that students would remember...

Blog written by Jairo Geronymo, pianist, Berlin, Germany

Last month a former student of mine at Ithaca College, Justine Popik, visited me for a weekend in Nuremberg. She told me that her classmates would take note of my (in) famous catchy phrases about music. I have been known to use any means possible to get students to remember certain concepts.

In one class, I asserted that the fourth degree in a scale can be harmonized with either the subdominant or dominant seventh chord--a bisexual scale degree. I am sure that the students in that class still remember the sexual inclinations of the fourth degree of a scale.

Justine mentioned to me that one of her favorite phrases that she heard from me was: “You thought that you came here to learn the A flat minor scale but I will teach you the art of seduction”. I do not recall how I came to such a statement . It might be related to the fact that every scale had its ‘dance’ so that students would remember...