I have over 35 years experience teaching students ages 8 to 80, and levels from beginner to professional.
Since 2000, I have been teaching students in the Seattle area, and every year I have students that participate in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, the WMEA All-State Band and Orchestra, and the State Solo and Ensemble contest. Some of my students attained positions in major orchestras, as conservatory professors, performed with the New York Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony and others, as well as continuing studies at the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, and other great music schools. I also coach Chamber Music, and do Audition Preparation for clarinetists and other instrumentalists.
Since 2016, I also teach lessons via Skype, with payments through paypal. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a Skype lesson.
I tailor my curricula to the students goals and needs, encouraging their strengths while helping them catch up on their weaknesses. We will work on:
Technique: building relaxed, speedy, and accurate fingers. Scales, Arpeggios, Thirds, Intervals. Emphasis on playing rhythms and articulations correctly. Listening and comparing what you see on the page to what is coming out of your horn. For more on this, see my essay.
Tone: Proper breathing and support, tongue positions, and tonal concept. Control of dynamics in all registers. Use of tone colors. Legato Fingers.
Intonation: Listening. Using a tuner. Understanding pitch relationships
Musicianship: Finding your own voice. Putting phrasings in the proper historical and theoretical context. Multiple, simultaneous ideas. Exploring the emotions in music. See also: The Three Rules of Tonal Phrasing.
Repertoire, Theory, and History: Proper research. Understanding of foreign language terms (i.e. forte doesn't mean loud). Knowing the composer's life and compositions. Listening to lots of music, live and recorded. Orchestral excerpts. Chamber music.
Some of the most commonly used repertoire I teach:
The Rubank Advanced Method Book, Vol. 1 and 2
Lowrey/Weber Studies and Melodious Etudes
Klose Complete Method
Jettel Klarinettenschule Vol. 2 (Scales)
Rose 32 Etudes
Rose 40 Studies
Jean-Jean 18 Etudes
St. Saen's Sonata
Weber Concertino, Concertos 1 and 2
Messager Solo de Concours
Stravinsky Three Pieces
Cahuzac Variations sur un Air du Pays d'Oc
Debussy Premier Rhapsodie
Brahms Sonatas 1 and 2
Bassi Concert Fantasia on Motives from Verdi's Opera "Rigoletto"
Martino A Set for Clarinet