Private clarinet lessons individualized for each students' goals and abilities.
With a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance from Pacific Lutheran University, Naomi offers one-on-one clarinet or saxophone instruction molded to fit each student.
Naomi has been teaching privately since 1998 and works with the Maple Valley Youth Symphony as the single reeds coach. She also volunteers with the Tahoma and Kent School District Band Programs, and is the clarinet consultant for Auburn Riverside High School's award winning bands. She also is a substitute teacher for Music Works Northwest.
An accomplished musician, Naomi holds a permanent clarinet position with the Olymp
ia Symphony Orchestra, and plays alto saxophone with the Maple Valley Big Band. She also subs with groups all around the Puget Sound.
Let's start learning today!
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are every week, 30 - 60 minutes in length and focus on fine tuning each students' abilities, as well as learning music that suits the students' interests. Naomi runs a full studio, so she will only be scheduling students who choose a reoccurring lesson schedule.
*** Studio Equipment *** Kirmser Academy of Music - sound proof studio space with music stand and small waiting area. Free Saturday seminars are offered through the Music Trader.
Maple Valley Youth Symphony Studio - private studio with music stands. Waiting area includes a small kitchenette and free WiFi.
Student will need to provide instrument, instrument accessories, and books.
*** Travel Equipment *** Practice logs and music stands are provided for each student.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem K is a performer, composer, and educator, who is in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage.
Growing up in the northwest with its vibrant music scene allowed Kareem the opportunity to study with, listen to and perform with world class jazz artists residing in the area. Artists such as Tracy Knoop, Jay Thomas, Don Lanphere, Bill Ramsay, Hadley Caliman, Julian Priester and many others had a large impact on Kareem early in his musical education. This direction and guidance continues to inspire and lead Kareem as he continues h
is lifelong passion undertaking a career as a professional musician.
Today, as a performing artist he spends most of his time leading his group for which he composes and arranges most of the music. The band is constantly on the move as a sought after performing group and spends most of its time performing in and around the Pacific Northwest. When not leading his own group Kareem can be seen and heard performing as a sideman with many other top notch musical acts and projects, most notably The Paperboys from Vancouver BC.
As an educator Kareem divides his time teaching jazz improvisation as an artist in residence at The Tacoma School of the Arts, directing the award winning student jazz ensemble at Pierce College, conducting masterclasses and workshops at schools around the Puget Sound area, and maintaining a full load of private students.
Kareem holds a Bachelors Degree of Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle Washington which he attended after receiving a full scholarship.
Throughout his years of teaching Kareem has worked with students of all ages and abilities, from beginners just getting started, to advanced players who simply want new ideas and direction.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are relaxed and are focused on what you would like to learn.
I usually begin with assessing where students are in their abilities and then come up with a lesson plan based on what they already know and what they would like to accomplish. They can be geared towards a 5 year old with no musical training whatsoever, or to an advanced musician who wants to further develop their skills.
Topics that I cover in lessons throughout a typical day of teaching include: Instrument technique, sight reading skills ( note and rhythm recognition ), memorization skills, music theory, ear training, improvising, and composing.
After 3 to 6 months of lessons and regular practice a beginning student should have a good command of their instrument and a strong foundation of sight reading. At this point we normally will also have started some music theory as well. For students wanting to focus on jazz we will have already begun improvising as well.
*** Studio Equipment *** 5x10 room w/ piano and seating for parents
*** Specialties *** *Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I focus on the basics of learning to read music and basic technique on the instruments that I teach. From there I proceed with theory, ear training, improvising, composition etc. It all depends on what the students want to learn. I am comfortable teaching classical music as well as jazz, rock, composition, and improvisation.
Adam A. January 1, 2015
Kareem has been teaching me since I was in the fourth grade. I am currently in 8th grade, and man what can I say, he's as good as it gets! After two years I was in my middle school jazz band, which is not easy for a person who has only been playing for two years. You, yourself will be able to see extreme progress within just a few lessons! You must know Kareem teaches at Pierce College, a class at the Tacoma School of the Arts (which I hopefully will be attending and taking his class), teaches numerous private students every week, and lastly he performs with a stellar jazz band of his own! He is extremely dedicated to the musical field. If I were anybody reading this review and wanted to start playing any of the variety of instruments he plays, I would call Kareem K.!
Robin J. December 7, 2014
Kareem is a dedicated and diligent musician and teacher. He is able to share his love of music with students of all ages. Not only is he extremely capable of teaching students the technical aspects of music, but his lessons incorporate a wider perspective as well, such as, listening to different genres of music and asking his students to discuss what they hear. He is always positive and encourages students to do their best. He has style and class and it is a privilege that two of my children can study under his tutelage.
Ryan T. December 6, 2014
Music Performance ·
Kareem is the man. I first met him while playing in the Pierce College Big Band--which he directs and is a perennial first place at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. I studied with him for 6 months formally but over the past 2 years through his weekly jam session and mutual gigs he's become a tremendous influence in my life. Whether your a beginner on your axe or an aspiring jazz student of any level he is the instructor for you.
As an improvisor his main influences are Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon, and Joshua Redman. For any jazz musician on any instrument he is a master instructor of bebop. His overall playing versatility is solid but his forte is bebop. He is simply a beast of bebop and can aptly guide you along the path of musical enlightenment. Also, like most great jazz musicians his piano chops are excellent.
I'm a highly experienced and enthusiastic teacher who loves working with students of all ages and sharing with them my passion for music. My experience teaching in multiple countries has given me a deep understanding of a diverse range of techniques to reach my students. I graduated from London College of Music with a Bachelor of Music Performance. I have had the opportunity to perform in various wind ensembles and big bands, which has given me an appreciation for live music performances. I am eager to share these experiences, tips and techniques in a friendly manner with my students.
The clarinet is an incredibly expressive instrument, but only if you can cover the holes! I specialize in helping students make music with this incredibly capable instrument!
While building a professional career, I'm looking to re-engage with my roots and experience as a educator. I specialize in helping kids learn how to learn. It's one thing to teach a student the answer, but it's exponentially better to teach students how to find the answer for themselves, encouraging and guiding along the way.
I grew up in Ohio and went to one school district my entire public school life where I took honors and Advanced Placement classes through high school. I also participated in band, earning membership into the Ohio All-State Honor band two times.
I went to Ohi
o State University for college, earned a BA in Music Education, and graduated Suma Kum Laude. I also spent 4 years in the Ohio State University Marching Band.
I have a breadth of experience for someone my age having worked with youth in schools and on social programs, both in English and Spanish, and some in Hebrew.
I currently live in Madison Valley.
Irlanda G. June 14, 2015
In home Verified Student
I'd like to write a quick testimonial about the tutor I found here on Takelessons. Joshua has worked with my 1st grade brother for about 8 weeks and he has made impressive progress in both his reading and math skills. He has also helped discover my brothers learning condition, dyslexia, but it seems like Joshua has had no problem with that. My brother has enjoyed working with him and is demonstrating new learning, this delights me. Joshua has also developed a fun relationship with my other brothers too. I could not more strongly recommend Joshua to tutor any student.
Geoff M. May 28, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Josh is good and was good at helping us set reasonable goals. It was fun!
I am the top call for Jazz and Latin Clarinet in the greater Seattle area. I have taught for over 30 years, and will design a curriculum around you.
As a former public schools teacher, I taught elementary general music to 600+ Students in both English and Spanish as a part of the Dual Language Immersion Program in English and Spanish. I have designed curriculum and instruction in both English and Spanish, speak fluent Spanish and can even communicate well in Portuguese.
I have been an active player in the greater Seattle area and have: Been the featured performer with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO); Recorded with SRJO, Spike and the Impalers, Savoy Swing Band, Thuy Trang, Banda Vagos; Toured with the Temptations, Harry Jam
es Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra; Performed with the Seattle Symphony, Clint Holmes, Cab Calloway Orchestra, Shameless Hussy, Type A, Brian Bromberg, Alice Stewart, and Jay Thomas and the Usual Suspects among many others.
Students are raving about their Clarinet instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Tod
"Michael is simply awesome. My son has been through lessons before, but they neer inspired him to practice or take his clarinet seriously. Michael's joy an
d interest not just in music, but in who Justice is, has made a big difference. Thanks, Michael!"
Santa Rosa, CA teacher:
Review by Selina
I went to Mr. Masiello for clarinet lessons for years in high school and he has always helped me achieve making regionals every year, ma
king state my last year in high school and consistently holding my first chair in the school band. Although, I did not pursue a career in music, he still had influence on where I am today [DVM in June 2014]. And for that I will always be appreciative. Mr. Masiello is an exceptional teacher and a very amiable individual."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Cynthia
"Harry and I began as strangers, and in these past weeks have become family. My reintroduction to clarinet playing is progressing very well, and complimen
ting my educational experience as a whole. I work full time and am a full time graduate student. Harry's motivation for me to practice helps my study habits. I look forward to each lesson, progressing to the next level!"
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Tracy
"My son has had three lessons so far, and we have been very impressed. Mr. Grainger does a great job of encouraging my son through positive feedback, makin
g lessons fun, and giving him very specific, targeted feedback to improve his playing. He has been very flexible and responsive to our changing needs. I highly recommend him."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Kurt
"My Highest Recommendation
As co-prinicpal trumpet and Associate Music Director of the Hanover Wind Symhony it's my pleasure to have worked with Dimitry f
or over 15 years. Dimitry is an exceptionally gifted and highly respected clarinetist who brings years of global performance experience to his teaching. Polite, patient and well spoken it is a pleasure to listen to him speak about music, no matter what the subject or genre. His passion for his craft is evident from the very first time you meet him. I highly recommend Dimity as a performer and educator!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Shawn
My daughter has been studying with Dimitry for almost a year now, and I have seen incredible improvement in her skill on clarinet. Not only
has Dimitry improved her technique, but he has also taught her a lot of music theory, improved her musicality, and given her lots of tips on clarinet and reed care. I would strongly recommend Dimitry to anyone searching for an excellent clarinet teacher."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Madison
"Mary was amazing teacher for me, and she really sparked my passion for music. I had really just started clarinet when I began taking lessons from her, and
I truly believe one of the reasons I am going into music is because of how she made me see it. In the short time that I was able to be her student I learned more than just the fundamentals, and have yet to find a teacher that I work with as well as I did with her. If I could take up lessons with her again, I would in a heartbeat."
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Lisa
"My 6th grade daughter has been taking lessons online with Christian since September. He is reliable, flexible, and very patient. Christian is encouragin
g but also pushes my daughter to challenge herself. Christian has motivated her to work much harder than she did through the school band alone; sometimes she will practice for an hour or more after her lesson because she is excited about her new material. We are thrilled with her progress. Thanks, Christian!"
Rochester, NY teacher:
Review by Nikki
"While I didn't work with her long, Zoe is super sweet and a wonderful teacher. She is able to find things to encourage you to go in the right direction. I
had to cancel early due to a conflict on my end and being unable to schedule out anymore. I would recommend her, highly."