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Strings Attached

One Tough Teacher And The Gift Of Great Expectations

By Joanne. Lipman

STRINGS ATTACHED is the inspiring, poignant, and powerful story of a remarkable man 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.

Jerry Kupchynsky (a/k/a "Mr. K.") never received favorite teacher gifts. He was the sharp-spoken, foot-pounding, never-praising Ukrainian-born despot whose music lessons and orchestra rehearsals reduced students to tears. Despite that, when he passed away, more than 100 students from 30 years of teaching returned to their hometown to play in a memorial concert in his honor.

His unforgettable story--both as a teacher of incomparable skill and persistence and as a child fleeing from the Nazis during WWII--is told in alternating chapters with great passion and love by Melanie Kupchynsky, his daughter and Joanne Lipman, his favorite student. Joanne narrates the experience studying with him: the foot-stomping, never-satisfied man who so inspired her she eventually became principal violist of New Jersey's All-State orchestra. She found something "intoxicating about a teacher who had such absolute confidence--faith, really--in my ability to do better." Melanie tells of a fiercely strict, but loving father who managed to raise two little girls while caring tenderly for her multiple-sclerosis, wheel-chair bound mother. He adored his girls and she never doubted it. She remembers the man who gave heart and soul to his family and students, who loved music and open skies and who believed hard work could result in great beauty.

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Format: Book
Author: Lipman, Joanne.
Summary: 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.
Title: Strings attached : one tough teacher and the gift of great expectations / Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky.
Publisher Date: New York : Hyperion, c2013.
Subject: Kupchynsky, Jerry, 1928-2009. Music teachers -- United States -- Biography
Isbn: 9781401324667 (hbk.) 1401324665 (hbk.)
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Call Number: B Kupchynsky
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Bib Id: 455566

Format: Book
Author: Lipman, Joanne.
Summary: 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.
Title: Strings attached : one tough teacher and the gift of great expectations / Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Hyperion, c2013.
Description: xvii, 326 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Subjects: Kupchynsky, Jerry, 1928-2009.
Subjects: Music teachers -- United States -- Biography
Other Author: Kupchynsky, Melanie.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references.
LCCN: 2012036233
ISBN: 9781401324667 (hbk.)
ISBN: 1401324665 (hbk.)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: B Kupchynsky