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Although I am primarily a saxophonist, clarinet is a secondary instrument that most saxophonists also have to know how to play. As a performer it is an absolute necessity that I be able to double on the clarinet and be just as proficient.
My goal as a teacher is to provide an in depth understanding of the instrument to my students. Whether we are learning technique specific to the instrument or general musical concepts, it is important to me that I take the time to insure that my students not only learn how to do something, but also the reasons why we are learning a specific concept or technique. At the end of the day, my ultimate goal is to teach you how to teach yourself, so that you may enjoy playing the instrument outside of our lessons together.
I prefer not to conform to a specific teaching style, because every student is different, and I have been fortunate to have a great variety of types of students throughout my years as a teacher. Some of my students are ...
I use basic method books (Rubanks) to establish sound technique with students especially with respect to the ergonomics involved in clarinet playing. I've also some experience playing bass clarinet and would welcome the opportunity to assist students transitioning to this instrument from the regular Bb soprano clarinet.
I have taught all levels of Clarinet over the last 20 years from absolute beginner to degree level. I have a wide knowledge of the teaching repertoire and know all the ins and outs of learning this tricky instrument!!
Specializing in saxophone, clarinet, flute and piano, I have experience in both public and private after-school programs, as well as in-home lessons settings. My formal music training began at the age of five in Vilnius Lithuania with the famous Vladimir Tchekassin. Since then, I have excelled in my saxophone studies at the Vilnius Conservatory and at the Music Academy in Cologne Germany while pursuing an active performing career. Most recently, in 2005, I followed my passion for teaching music by completing an advanced Instructor program in Instrumental Pedagogy at the Music Academy in Cologne.
Hello! My name is Shai Golan. I am currently earning my master's degree at Manhattan School of Music with a 95% scholarship and am a recent suma cum laude (3.9+ GPA) graduate from CSU Northridge with a bachelor's degree in Jazz Performance. Clarinet is a very serious part of my study and I am currently pursuing a career in music education. I also teach saxophone, flute, trumpet, piano, arranging, composing, and music theory. Teaching is such a significant part of what I do and I enjoy every opportunity!
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