Claire Grellier
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Claire Grellier

Claire G.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I recently received my Doctorate in instrumental performance at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Even though, at the university my focus was on clarinet performance, I also play saxophone and enjoy teaching saxophone lessons.

I have the experience of teaching private lessons in France and America and I am seeking clarinet students of every level and age.

I will focus my teaching on your needs and can help you improve technique, musicianship and sound production. I also can help you get ready for auditions and recitals.

About Claire G.

Hello, my name is Claire and I am originally from Nice in the South of France. I moved to the United States in August 2010 to study music at the University level and just graduated in May 2020 with a Doctorate in Music.

I have the experience of teaching private clarinet lessons since 2010, taught in many high schools in California and Florida, and was the Teaching Assistant in Clarinet at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami these past three years. I am currently the Woodwind instructor at the French Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. I am available to teach clarinet, saxophone, and flute students of every level and age. I have the experience teaching complete beginners as well as very high level musicians. I have taught on Takelessons over 50 students and have had students who have been taking lessons with me for over 4 years now. Some started as complete beginners and now can play high level pieces.

Also, as I am French, I was a French tutor at the universities I studied at for 9 years. I can help you learn French, get ready for exams and midterms or just do conversation if you are more advanced. I have the experience of teaching complete beginners too and students who speak very different languages such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean and more.

I am very passionate about teaching and have dedicated my life to it.
I cannot wait to be helping you reach your goal with these lessons!


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58 Reviews
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Posted Dec 16, 2020
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Within my first few lessons working with Claire, I've already gotten a great grasp on French and excited to continue working with her. Claire is patient and has a great teaching style!

Posted Nov 29, 2020
Bonnie H.
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Thanks to Claire’s precise, insightful, patient and encouraging instruction my daughter has a new appreciation for playing her flute and has made tremendous progress in only a few weeks! Love watching her fill with pride when she plays now. Thank you, Claire!

Posted Nov 25, 2020
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Posted Oct 26, 2020
Sudesh ..
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Claire is amazing! She’s got the gift of making one want to learn!

Posted Oct 23, 2020
Ori K.
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she's amazing!

Posted Oct 11, 2020
Julie S.
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Claire is fantastic!

Posted Aug 1, 2020
Julie S.
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Thank you Claire!

Posted Jul 4, 2020
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Perfect start, excited to see the progression (for my son.) Thanks!

Posted Jun 27, 2020
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Posted Jun 27, 2020
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Claire is amazing! All she wants is for you to do you best and learn you target language. I love doing our lessons because I leant so much about French and the French Culture. I would highly recommend you take lessons with her!

Posted Apr 11, 2020
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Claire is a great instructor. She is positive, patient and non intimidating. I like what I learning each week since I feel I am getting knowledge and moving at a nice pace.

Posted Aug 18, 2019
Julie S.
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Posted Jul 12, 2019
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Very patient and good with pronunciation.

Posted Apr 29, 2019
Xin Y.
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Very nice teacher!

Posted Apr 12, 2019
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Claire has a familiarity about her. She is easy to get to kmow. She is clearly very French but easy to understanding English and has excellent skills as a French tutor. She is a teal teacher who corrects but has a sense of humor.

I would highly recommend her.

Posted Feb 15, 2019
Bob H.
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Great teacher. Instructive, encouraging, patient.

Posted Jan 21, 2019
Caitlyn Y.
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Claire is an excellent tutor. I have only been with her for a short time, but I feel that I have already learned so much!

Posted Dec 5, 2018
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Claire is an excellent teacher of the clarinet. She is instructive, kind, patient, and encouraging.

Posted Aug 16, 2018
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Claire is great - she is helping me learn advanced fingering and how to finesse notes. My mom said to say that she's also punctual, organized, able to adapt to a student's needs and communicates really well.

Posted Apr 18, 2018
Annette B.
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She is reliable, use her time wisely. Thanks

Posted Mar 19, 2018
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My 11 year old daughter currently takes online clarinet lessons with Claire and looks forward to them every week. Claire is kind and funny and has already taught my daughter many new skills in the first 2 weeks. We would highly recommend classes with Claire.

Posted Mar 14, 2018
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Claire was great with my daughter in her first lesson. She had not played in 9 months and Claire got her going again quickly.

Posted Mar 3, 2018
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Our 14 year-old daughter has been working with Claire for the past 5 months. Our goal was to bridge the gap btw middle school French 1 and high school French 2. Claire has exceed out expectations! She has a strong knowledge of how French is taught in school and learning from a native speaker enhances the experience. She has been incredibly flexible when we have needed to rearrange lessons. We highly recommend her!

Posted Jan 28, 2018
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Claire has been the biggest help to me over the past several weeks. She is honest, encouraging and always willing to help. She has one of the best ears I've ever known and even over FaceTime can tell a wrong note or when something is out of tune. She has given me so many tips that made me a better clarinet player. She really, really knows how to play the clarinet and amazed me after every lesson. I left each lesson feeling inspired to do better and to keep improving. She's dedicated and cares that you get better. Learning with Claire has been really eye-opening and so helpful with not only what I needed for my audition but general tips and tricks to the clarinet. Playing the clarinet can be very challenging but with Claire, she makes sure that you can master something with her listening and then keeps enforcing your techniques and skills. I've really enjoyed working with her.

Posted Jan 11, 2018
Denise J.
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Online clarinet lessons through TakeLessons with Claire have exceeded my expectations! My 12 year old daughter has learned a lot. Claire is a talented musician & a great teacher. We highly recommend her!

Posted Jan 10, 2018
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My first lesson with Claire was wonderful. She is very nice, patient, and instructive! I am looking forward to continuing French lessons with her!

Posted Jan 10, 2018
Nicholas F.
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Awesome teacher.

Posted Jan 5, 2018
Alberto T.
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Claire is great my son really feels like he is learning so much

Posted Jan 3, 2018
Susan S.
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Claire is awesome! Always prepared and a great teacher. Thanks!

Posted Dec 6, 2017
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She is very kind and a good teacher , she has easy way to teach you ☺️

Posted Nov 11, 2017
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Very knowledgeable and patient. Gifted teacher. Challenging but not overwhelming.

Posted Nov 9, 2017
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I love my lessons--Claire is wonderful and I am learning so much.

Posted Oct 18, 2017
Nancy saldana
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Claire is great ! I have a hectic schedule and she's always willing to work with me

Posted Oct 6, 2017
Amber W.
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Claire was wonderful! I am starting with no prior French experience and she made me feel very comfortable and moved a great pace. Looking forward to my future lessons.

Posted Sep 25, 2017
Bob H.
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Great lesson. Learned a lot

Posted Sep 20, 2017
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Claire is great! Very patient and kind, very knowledgeable.

Posted Sep 15, 2017
brendan leary
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The best

Posted Sep 5, 2017
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Claire is great! Very accommodating and professional. I will be purchasing more classes

Posted Aug 31, 2017
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Claire is an excellent instructor. she makes you feel at ease. she was punctual and very friendly. She has a French accent and is French born. I cannot insist enough how important it is to learn from a teacher who's native language is whatever that your are trying to learn. obviously with me having no background in French it is a learning curve but honestly I felt that after the first 45 mins I was enjoying mind it not because of anything else but the teacher's excellent, easy going manner and her enthusiasm for teaching. she is encouraging without being pushy but we also had material covered so no wasting time here. answered all of my questions and began with a great game plan. thank you Claire with God's grace and permission I hope you succeed in all that you do.

Posted Aug 7, 2017
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Claire is an excellent teacher who has been great with my son. He is making good progress, and she is reliable and talented.

Posted Jul 5, 2017
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She gave me great practicing tips and corrected me when I made mistakes.

Posted Jun 6, 2017
Nikki W.
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Excellent. Delightful teacher

Posted May 23, 2017
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Posted May 21, 2017
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Claire is very talented, thorough and patient and works each piece carefully with the student until the student plays it to the best of their abilities.

Posted May 1, 2017
Andres B.
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Claire was super helpful with schedule issues and very good at explaining the lesson.

Posted May 1, 2017
Michelle G.
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Claire is an excellent french teacher! I love taking class with her because she is not only an authentic french speaker, but has such a pleasant personality and effective teaching method. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to explore the language and all its nuances. She's wonderful :)

Posted Apr 24, 2017
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My daughter began lessons with Claire recently and she has already helped her so much!! She has gone above and beyond our expectations. We feel lucky to have found Claire through online TakeLessons.

Posted Apr 19, 2017
Alison I.
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Claire made my first French lesson very enjoyable! She was very organized and helped me to learn keys points in the chapter easily. I feel confident that she can help me achieve my goals with the lessons I am signed up for. I am very much looking forward to studying with Claire. I would recommend her to anyone wanting to learn French.

Posted Apr 12, 2017
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Claire is amazing, a lot of patience and a very simple and fun way of teaching.

Posted Apr 7, 2017
Josh M.
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Claire is very helpful and very nice. We laid out a plan, discussed my goals and we are implementing it. I would highly recommend Claire.

Posted Apr 6, 2017
Ramona A.
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Great instructor! I truly enjoyed my lesson

Posted Mar 29, 2017
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Claire is fantastic! She's great at assessing what you need and lesson planning on the spot. She breaks down the grammar in a way that is easy to understand. Can't wait to continue!

Posted Mar 20, 2017
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This was the best decision I have made for my music. Being able to take part in lessons about my specific instrument on an individual basis allowed for better performance in class and on auditions. The results are undeniable.

Posted Mar 19, 2017
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Claire is great! She is very knowledgeable and makes playing the clarinet easy and fun. I have improved so fast! Highly recommend!

Posted Mar 5, 2017
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Taking French lessons with Claire has been an amazing experience so far ! First Claire is from France (and has the accent !) and she makes French easy and accessible to anyone. She has been so great helping me with pronunciation too. I can't wait for my next lesson ! Merci Claire !

Posted Mar 5, 2017
Zhenyu H.
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Claire is aweseom! She makes sure you are learning at a pace and level that suits you the best, and more importantly, she doesn't just teach you how to play the instrument but instead how to interpret the music. She ensures that you start building good musical habits even as a beginner, and this has not only helped me with playing the instrument, but also gave me a new perspective of appreciating and enjoying music played by other people.
Overall an amazing teacher, 10/10 would buy again :D!

Posted Feb 28, 2017
bob M.
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My lesson was great and I enjoy working with Claire.

Posted Dec 2, 2016

Photos & Videos

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Woodwind Instructor
Aug 2020 - Present

French Conservatory of Music

Clarinet Instructor
Aug 2018 - May 2020

South Miami Senior High School

Clarinet Teaching Assistant
Aug 2018 - May 2020

Frost School of Music - University of Miami

Music Mentor
Feb 2018 - May 2020

Shalala Music Outreach

Clarinet Instructor
Feb 2018 - May 2019

Mays Conservatory, Florida


Doctorate of Musical Arts
Aug 2017 - May 2020

University of Miami

Master of Music
Aug 2014 - May 2016

California State University Fullerton

Bachelor of Music
Aug 2010 - May 2014

California State University Fullerton



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Music Business Foundations Certificate
Jun 2016

Berklee College of Music


Frost Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition Winner
Apr 2019

Frost School of Music

Musical Performance Award
Jan 2019


Elected Member of the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda
May 2016

Beta Omega Chapter

Recipient of the Frank & Jean Raymond Foundation Music Scholarship
Aug 2014

California State University Fullerton

Selected to perform for the NASM (National Association of Schools of Music
Jan 2014

California State University Fullerton

Outstanding Young Artists Scholarship from the city of Nice, France
Jun 2010

City of Nice, France


Florida Music Educators Association
Apr 2018
The mission of the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) is to promote quality, comprehensive music education for all Florida Students as a part of their complete education.
National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors
Apr 2018
The National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors is a forum for communication within the profession of applied music on the college campus. The Association is composed of university, college, and conservatory teachers and is dedicated to: Encouraging and developing more effective teaching of wind and percussion instruments on the college level. Providing the efficient interchange of information, ideas, and materials among the members. Encouraging the publication, recording, composition, and distribution of good music for wind and percussion instruments. Fostering the development and manufacture of the best in wind and percussion instruments. Coordinating the activities of the membership with other groups having common interests. Encouraging the performance of solo and chamber music in which wind or percussion instruments have significant roles.
College Music Society, The
Oct 2017
The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.
International Clarinet Association
Apr 2017
The International Clarinet Association is a community of clarinetists and clarinet enthusiasts that supports projects that will benefit clarinet performance; provides opportunities for the exchange of ideas, materials, and information among its members; fosters the composition, publication, recording, and distribution of music for the clarinet; encourages the research and manufacture of a more definitive clarinet; avoids commercialism in any form while encouraging communication and cooperation among clarinetists and the music industry; and encourages and promotes the performance and teaching of a wide variety of repertoire for the clarinet.
Phi Kappa Lambda
May 2016
The purpose of this Society is to provide an organization dedicated to the furtherance of music in education and education in music in colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, which offer music degree programs in one or more fields. The primary objective of the Society is the recognition and encouragement of the highest level of musical achievement and academic scholarship.

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