Strings Attached: Developing Leaders in the Arts and Education

Dec 19, 2013

     Strings Attached has become an overnight sensation about the role that great teachers play in setting expectations in our lives. Authors Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynksy joined Interlochen President Jeff Kimpton in the studios of IPR during a recent visit to the Interlochen campus.  In this interesting and revealing interview, these issues are discussed with the authors and two other national figures: Steve Hayden, former Executive Vice President of the world's largest advertising agency Ogilvy Mather, and Dr. Mary Palmer, dean emerita of the Univ. of Central Florida College of Education and one of the nation's top arts education advocates.   

About Strings Attached:

If you're lucky, somewhere in your past is that one person who changed your life forever. The one who pushed you to dream bigger and to reach higher, and who set you straight on what matters in life. Perhaps it was a coach, or a professor, or a family friend.

For Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky, that person was a public-school music teacher, Jerry Kupchynsky, known as Mr. K--a Ukrainian-born taskmaster who yelled and stomped and screamed, and who drove his students harder than anyone had ever driven them before. Through sheer force of will, he made them better than they had any right to be.

Strings Attached tells the inspiring, poignant, and powerful story of this 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.