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Strings Attached: One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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"A joy to read--an affecting, emotional, triumphant story."―Amy Chua, Yale Law Professor and author of BATTLE HYMN OF THE TIGER MOTHER
"Moving and motivating.... While tactics like [Mr. K's] may not have earned his students' immediate devotion, they never forgot him and often found the could achieve more than they ever dreamed.... A Must Read."―Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"A very fine dual memoir....
For those who had a figure like Mr. K in their lives, STRINGS ATTACHED will resonate. Everyone else will wish they had been so lucky."
―The New York Times Book Review
Top Customer Reviews
Strings Attached has received great advance reviews, and I join them here in saying that this book is a must read. And it isn't written only for musicians or lovers of music -- anyone with heart and a love of humanity will enjoy this book.
Within its pages, you meet Jerry Kupchynsky, a Ukrainian immigrant who came to the United States in search of a future, something better than he had lived through in the Ukraine. The layers of his life began in Ukraine and the multitude of layers grew -- birth in the Ukraine near the start of the Holodomor and a tragic childhood as a result, strength of character, perseverance, incredible work ethic, a love of music and family, and unimaginable joy. Yes, joy! Mr. K, as his students called him, was a ball of fire, an unfathomable level of energy passion for teaching, his students, and once again the music.
Mr. K's teaching style was one of high expectations, rules, and often impatience, but always with love. His use in dialogue of musical terms or anywhere the authors use musical terminology they have done so in layman's terms so as not to interrupt the flow of the text.
In re-enacting teaching sessions with Mr. K and his students, Lipman and Kupchynsky have cleverly adopted Mr.Read more ›
Mr. K did not merely teach boys and girls how to play stringed instruments. He hollered, poked, prodded, and nagged. He insisted that his students practice for countless hours until they met his high standards. Many of Mr. K's students were selected to play in county, state, and regional orchestras and, as adults, some emulated Mr. K and became music teachers themselves. All of them learned to work together harmoniously with their fellow musicians. When Joanne was a child, she remembers that her parents approved of Mr. K's methods. Although he lacked tact and finesse, he achieved terrific results. Lipman says, "He yelled [at us] not because we'd never learn, but because he was absolutely certain that we would," and adds, "He made us better than we had any right to be." Today, it is likely that he would be condemned, if not fired, for being far too harsh and demanding.
The co-authors say in the book's foreword that for those "raised on a steady diet of praise and trophies--a little toughness goes an awfully long way." The kids who studied with Mr.Read more ›
Told alternately by his daughter, Melanie, and one of his former students, Joanne Lipman, Strings Attached is a loving, poignant, honest, often humorous portrait of the life of a teacher who survived multiple tragedies and who taught his students not only music, but also confidence, poise and how to succeed in life.
Strings Attached is a must for teachers, parents, and even students. But if nothing else, it is a darn good read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story is compelling and interesting. We want to read about people who are able to overcome obstacles with such kindness, success and class. Mr. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Nancy C.
I WOULD GIVE TEN STARS IF I COULD FOR BRINGING THIS INSPIRING, HOPE FILLED, TRAGIC STORY TO THE PUBLIC AND INTRODUCING A TEACHER WHO BY TODAY'S STANDARD GAVE EVERYTHING HE HAD AND... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Beautiful, touching story that is true!
Well written and well worth reading.
Shows the importance of striving for excellence and the teachers that help us do so.
I loved this book. It took place during the time I was growing up. I love music and never knew the closeness of the orchestra. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mary Clare doyle
On my all-time favorite books list. That's why I ordered this copy to give to a friend.Published 10 months ago by Grandma N
Strings Attached is such a great teacher book and so much more. Told in alternating voices by Joanne Lippman (one of Mr. Read morePublished 11 months ago by B. J. Neary
Wonderful story about music, family, and not forgetting where you come from!!Published 11 months ago by Meredith E. Lheureux