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MacArthur "Genius" Jeremy Denk on Teachers and Teaching

Posted By: Gail Eichenthal · 9/25/2013 1:12:00 PM

Jeremy Denk is one of this year's MacArthur Fellows--a recipient of one of the so-called "Genius Grants." I sat down with Denk this summer in Santa Barbara before he gave a masterclass to students at the Music Academy of the West. Denk had recently penned a New Yorker article called Every Good Boy Does Fine: A Life in Piano Lessons. We talked about what he learned about music and life from his most influential teachers. Here's part of that conversation:

 

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