I played in school bands and picked up more theory in college.
I have taught clarinet lessons for the past 10 years. I feel comfortable teaching all levels from beginner to professionals.
There is always something new to learn!
I balance traditional methods with light-hearted pieces to help my students continue to grow as a musician. My students rate high in school competitions and are encouraged to perform whenever possible.
My curriculum includes standard scales, method books and solos as well as pieces of the students' own choosing. I have over 30 years' experience in musical education and performance and continue to maintain my status as a performing artist.
Teaching private clarinet lessons was the way I discovered that I wanted to be a teacher. I began teaching private clarinet lessons to beginners while in high school, where I played with the Wind Symphony (top band) all four years under the direction of John Heath. I also played with the Philharmonic (top) Orchestra, and sat first chair in each during my senior year. I played solo clarinet for the DuPage Youth Symphony Orchestra, as well.
I have experience with IMEA auditions and music, and during my years of teaching, my students went on to place into IMEA honor bands, first division of solo and ensemble competitions, and private youth orchestras. I also have experience coaching students on audition pieces as well as solos for competitions, technique, and music theory.
I can provide recommendations on music stores, books, reeds, and more. Whether you want help with music for your band or orchestra, supplementary lessons to go beyond school music education, coaching on a solo, ...
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