Rodger Alexander was my violin teacher, both at school and privately, for the two years before I learned that the cello was what I REALLY wanted to play. He also directed my high school orchestra and string ensemble my last year of high school.
When I began to teach cello, one of my first thoughts was, "How did Mr. Alexander teach when I first learned the violin at the age of 9?" The answer was, he made it FUN! I've tried to make sure that informed my own teaching of children. I'm sure I'll never forget the swinging arm trick.
I went to visit his orchestra class 20 years after I graduated. His students all wanted to know... did he really used to have red hair? Oh yes! Too bad the memorial video here with his obituary had all his younger-days pictures in black and white!
More memories can be found at this Facebook page.