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I teach beginner and intermediate Clarinet students. I focus on forming a correct embouchure (mouth position), hand position, good technique, and great sound.
For my Middle School and High School students, I find preparing them to audition for Southern California Honors Band (and potentially All-State Band) to be very rewarding and a great goal. Even if they choose not to audition or don't get in, great strides are made in their playing.
Strong instrumental playing begins with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of music and the simple act of making a sound from the instrument. Students learn to play music by ear first, and are later introduced to music notation. More advanced lessons emphasize sight-reading, expression, and improvisation.
A woodwind player since age 10, Thomas has experience as a performer and teacher. His previous education has included methodology classes on teaching specific instruments, and he is available to teach beginning clarinet lessons.
The Clarinet is one of the most versatile of the woodwind instruments with its huge range, variety of different tone colors, and application in many styles and genres of music. Learn techniques to guide your practice so that you can gain absolute control over your breathing, tonguing and articulation, legato passages, support, tone, and overall musicality.
After actively playing the clarinet for 15 years and teaching more and more frequently as time went on, I'm now available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of technical skills. I specialize in tone development, typically use Essential Elements and J.B. Albert books, and also have a wide variety of music to practice with and gain appreciation for great clarinet repertoire.
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