Giving the Gift of Great Expectations

Crescendo issue: January 2014
In their critically-acclaimed book, "Strings Attached" authors Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky tell the inspiring, poignant and powerful story of their former 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.

"Strings Attached" has become an overnight sensation and highlights the role great teachers play in setting expectations in their students' lives. Authors Lipman and Melanie Kupchynksy recently spoke with Interlochen President Jeffrey Kimpton for a special IPR interview. Joining this interesting and revealing conversation are 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 University of Central Florida College of Education and one of the nation's top arts education advocates. 

Lipman, a prominent journalist and commentator, founded and was editor in chief of the National Magazine Award-winning Conde Nast "Portfolio," and was deputy managing editor of "The Wall Street Journal," where she supervised coverage that earned three Pulitzer Prizes. She advises news and media organizations such as CNN, Yahoo, and New York Public Radio. She has also appeared as a commentator on CNN, CBS, NBC and many others. Her work has also appeared in publications including "The New York Times" and "Newsweek."

Audio from their conversation is available below.