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Never Too Late: My Musical Life Story

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“If I could learn to play the cello well, as I thought I could, I could show by my own example that we all have greater powers than we think; that whatever we want to learn or learn to do, we probably can learn; that our lives and our possibilities are not determined and fixed by what happened to us when we were little, or by what experts say we can or cannot do.”Best know ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 12th 1991 by Da Capo Press
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Consuela
Not sure how I found out about this book, but I have recommended it to many people. John Holt was an educator who taught and wrote books about how children learn, and how our educational system takes all the joy out of learning. He had no musical background, but in college sang with the glee club and then later decided to take up the flute. After making some progress, he decided to take up a much more difficult instrument, the cello. His book is about that journey and overcoming self-doubt and f ...more
Jen Marin
What a fabulous discussion on the nature of learning. As both an unschooler and an aspiring cellist, John Holt speaks volumes on how people really learn, and the true value and work of a good teacher. He even inspired me to learn more about classical music!
Anita Ashland
Even though the book is 121 pages too long, I give it 5 stars because this is the book that motivated me to begin learning the cello 12 years ago. It also introduced me to the Bach Cello Suites, for which I will always be grateful.

I played violin as a kid but ultimately it was the cello that I fell in love with. I figured it was too late to learn cello and kept playing violin through high school. I started learning how to play cello 12 years ago after I first read this book but then, because of
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Peter
This book has been a life changer for me. I've owned a guitar for over 50 years, but have only really played for a portion of that, riding along in a rut for the rest of that time. A few years ago I realized I like to sing, and had begun to put the two together when I picked up this book.

Never Too Late is an amazing memoir of a man who dabbled in music in his youth, but then took up the cello in earnest in his 40s, and went on to become an accomplished musician.

Inspired by the book, I found a w
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Jim
Touted as a guide to learning as an adult written by educational writer John Holt about his learning the cello at age 40 it disappoints a bit on this front. It's more of an autobiographical look at his love and learning of music through his life. The adult learning info was valuable but could have fit in a pamphlet. Still an enjoyable read and I think someone who learns an instrument as an adult would related well to the book and enjoy it.
Liz Lee
Perhaps I just got a vibe that it is a little pompously written. He literally wrote about every little step of his life. But perhaps what is most important is that he set his mind to learn and he made time in his schedule, and life choices to do so. If only my students could really understand this. It doesn't have to be just music, but just a choice of what you commit to.
Martha
lovely description of determination
Eun
Cello rocks!
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After teaching in private schools for many years John Caldwell Holt wrote his first two books, How Children Fail, and How Children Learn. He became a vocal advocate for school reforms, and wrote several more books about education theory and practice, including alternative forms and many social issues relating to the education system. Eventually he decided school reform was impossible, and changed ...more
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