“In a pedagogy tutorial I took as an undergraduate, the instructor stressed the importance of teaching without speaking,” Tirk said. “As teachers, we really can talk too much. So I've learned to do a lot of gesturing, using facial expressions and modeling.
“When you're dealing with an interpreter, you never know what is being conveyed to the students. But it's great to see the light go on when someone else is trying to put across one of your ideas. Things like that have helped my teaching a lot.”
Tirk will no doubt get lots of feedback from her students when she presents a recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Catlett Music Center's Pitman Recital Hall, 500 W Boyd. She's chosen an eclectic program that includes Francis Poulenc's “Sonata for Clarinet,” Miguel Yuste's “Estudio Melodico,” Dana Wilson's “Liquid Ebony” and Alexander Arutiunian's “Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano.” In the latter, Tirk will be joined by colleagues Gregory Lee on violin and Jeongwon Ham on piano.
“Teaching is like a puzzle to me,” Tirk said. “It's about finding out how each student learns the best. Ultimately, you have to get them to learn how to teach themselves. It can be a challenge but it's always a fun challenge.”
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