K.C. Strings Musician Profile March, 2017 - Monty Carter

Monty Carter

PROFESSION:  Violinist, violist, conductor, composer - Owner of Carray Music performance and instruction services.

HOMETOWN:  Gladstone, MO

for receiving the 2017 MoASTA Studio Teacher Award!
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     "BARBARA HALE, my orchestra director at Oak Park High School (North Kansas City district). I really appreciate how she related to all the different kids in the string orchestra class. I like the way she addressed the ensemble … she had a way of challenging all the students without being too soft on one or too hard on the other. She was a tough director  –  but didn’t have a mean bone in her body.
    “For many music professionals, conducting feels like a second language. It takes repeated work to get it to the point where you can freely communicate  –  to understand and to be understood. Many don’t continue to develop their conducting technique. They have a full plate of responsibilities, and honing their conducting skills may feel low on the list. But Barbara Hale inspired me with her conducting.

     "She had beautiful technique. As a gung-ho string player, I savored being in extracurricular symphony orchestras throughout my high school years because it was a full symphonic orchestra and tackled more demanding repertoire. But beautiful conducting was something I got to experience every day at school, from Barbara. It made you want to PLAY beautifully.

     "Her level of care was something really special. She wasn’t easy on you, she was tough  –  but caring! If there was a piece or passage of music that was kicking our butt, she would take a school instrument home and slave over that part for hours until she could come back the next day and show us what to do! She was never too busy to lend assistance, in or outside of class."


"It’s an intimidating thing to be a classical musician. As a work of art, the music is perfect on the page. And try as you might, your performance of it is NOT going to be perfect. But while honing your skills and trying to be true to the composer’s intent, remember that music needs the performer in order to exist. It's NOT truly music until it’s in the heart; in the ear; in the air. Strive for the highest precision  –  but don’t be too intimidated to try in the first place!

"Speaking of precision, never correct an error by just re-doing a note. The error isn’t the note; it's the TRANSITION to that note. Always back up and re-do the transition. And re-doing it just once doesn’t fix it. The key to fixing a mistake is REPLACING it: replacing the faulty habit with an accurate tendency. Use the 10-time rule. Then what you fix will truly be replaced! But that’s not all … When you focus on transitions, you’re focusing on more than a single note. You’re focusing on a pattern; on a motif; on a melodic line. That’s the key to musicianship!”

- “Amélie,” an Anton Krutz viola, 2003 -

- “Solo,” an Anton Krutz violin, 2007 -
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