Strings Attached

Strings Attached

One Tough Teacher and the Gift of Great Expectations

Book - 2013
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A biography of a Ukranian-born public school music teacher "whose life seemed to conspire against him at every turn and yet who was able to transform his own heartache into triumph for his students"--Dust cover flap.
Public-school music teacher Jerry Kupchynsky, known as Mr. K, was a Ukrainian-born taskmaster who yelled and stomped and screamed, and who drove his students harder than anyone had ever driven them before. Through sheer force of will, he made them better than they had any right to be. Two former students take you on a journey that spans from his days as a forced Nazi laborer and his later home life as a husband to an invalid wife, to his heart-breaking search for his missing daughter, Melanie's sister.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, ©2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781401324667
1401324665
Branch Call Number: 787.2092 K9677L 2013
Characteristics: xvii, 326 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Kupchynsky, Melanie

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hallows34
May 30, 2016

I am taking piano lessons late in life and this book along with Greg Dawson's They Played in the Spotlight are very inspirational with life living and giving experiences to grasp and apply to everyday.

ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2014

"Looks at the life of a tough-as-nails Ukrainian-immigrant music teacher who transformed his students and daughters not only into better musicians, but all better people" Biography and Memoir February 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/0e887225-0b8a-4fa1-a3f4-f7a1eba4ffe0?postId=0eb00fdc-2a64-4083-8ac8-384add517db0

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maggieb543
Feb 18, 2014

The best book I've read about a music teacher and music in general. This unkown man, Mr. K, had a transformative role in the lives of many, many successful students and their families. They carry his legacy into board rooms, hospitals, universities, editorial rooms and, of course, schools. The importance of music to these people is explained very well.

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serendipity257
Nov 17, 2013

This is a powerhouse of a book: it made me laugh and cry all at once. I can recognize myself in these awestruck former students! This is a must-read for anyone who loves music, teaching or who had one such person in their lives.

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