I am grateful to the following people for helping me put this book together:
Priscilla Shanks, my associate, for her constancy, her thorough understanding of our teaching process and her joy in the work.
Katherine Kormendi for being there at its inception years ago. For her keen thinking, her inventive ideas and her vision.
James Baker, my assistant, for his logic and never-tiring attention to a myriad of details, plus his good cheer and resourcefulness.
Edward Hayman, for having the ability to put my eyes and ears, my values and teaching method into words—and for doing it with style.
Frances C. Jones, for her editing skills, good taste, and up-to-theminute awareness of the book publishing business, plus always being there for me.
Steve Zousmer, for his incisive, witty, honest, erudite reading of the manuscript.
Joyce Engelson who, through the years and all the versions of the manuscript, encouraged me to believe that this is a worthwhile and needed book.