Lourie Sand’s book Teaching Genius is about the teaching life of Dorothy DeLay, a legendary violin teacher in our own time. Her guidance produced many star violin soloists, including Itzhak Perlman and Sarah Chang. The book is full of wisdom and ideas and many of which can be borrowed for our own learning and for raising children. One of the big ideas in the book is that true freedom is built upon a disciplined base. Only after we have in-depth understanding and mastery of the basic tool kits in our chosen fields, our attention doesn’t need to be taken up completely on the technical details. Only then, we are free to express ourselves and let our creativity flourish. DeLay allows her students certain amount of freedom to express themselves if they don’t neglect their mastery of basics. That is a good balance to strive for.