Clint Hoover

Clint H.

Pittsburgh, PA
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Clint delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+

Teaching since:
January 1981

The Harmonica is my specialty as a professional performer and teacher. It's not my 2nd or 3rd instrument, but my primary one that I've spent a lifetime mastering. I've been teaching, performing and recording on the harmonica for over 30 years and I'm an expert on both the chromatic harmonica and the ten hole diatonic "Blues Harp". I work with absolute beginners to the most advanced professional level in a wide variety of styles. My lessons are tailored to suit your individual needs.


Harmonica Instructor
Sep 2008 - Jan 2011
McNally Smith College of Music, St. Paul, MN

Faculty member teaching private lessons on the chromatic harmonica and the diatonic blues harp.

Harmonica Instructor
Sep 1994 - Jan 2011
St. Paul Public Schools, MN

Taught private lessons and group classes on the harmonica through Community Education.

Harmonica Instructor
Jan 1989 - Jan 2011
Minneapolis Community and Technical College, MN

Private instruction on both the chromatic harmonica and the diatonic blues harp.

Harmonica Instructor
May 1983 - Jan 2011
Homestead School of Folk Music, Richfield, MN

Private instruction on the diatonic blues harp and the chromatic harmonica.

Harmonica Instructor
Jun 1981 - Jan 2011
West Bank School of Music, Mpls, MN

Faculty member teaching private and group classes on the harmonica as well as student ensembles.


Jazz/Blues improvisation, Jazz Harmony and Composition
Sep 1987 - May 1988
The New School Jazz and Contemporary Music BFA Program
B.A. Cum Laude, Visual Arts
Sep 1974 - May 1978
Augsburg College, Mpls, MN


Fluent / Native Proficiency


SPAH Official Society Award for Harmonica Teaching
Aug 2004
Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica


American Federation of Musicians
Mar 2017

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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National Harmonica League
Jan 2013

The NHL is Britain's only national harmonica club, and it is proud to have Paul Jones as its President, and Norm Dobson as its Vice President for the USA and Canada. Brendan Power, Lee Oskar and Adam Glasser are Patrons. It is a Registered Charity (England & Wales) No 1131484.

Most of its members live in Britain, but there are many members in the USA, and smaller numbers in around 20 countries. We welcome every kind of harmonica enthusiast. The majority are players, ranging in attainment from complete beginners to extremely accomplished professionals. Others are collectors, or listeners who go to concerts and enjoy hearing recordings. Some are even parents or partners of harmonica players. That's real enthusiasm. Some are introducing the harmonica to school children.

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Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica
Jan 1983

SPAH is the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica. It is a non-profit, member organization dedicated to serving the harmonica community.

Photos & Videos

In Concert playing the Blues Harp with Tom Mason from Nashville.
East Side with Clint Hoover on TV
Live at the Cedar Cultural Center, Mpls MN
Bill Geezy and the Promise Breakers on stage at the MN Folk Festival

Clint playing the blues harp in concert

Clint playing the chromatic harmonica  in concert with East Side

Papa John Kolstad & Clint Hoover in concert at the Midwest Harmonica Workshops

Photo by Clint H.

Photo by Clint H.
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13 Reviews

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elena giulia rossi Jun 4, 2018
Harmonica · Online

Clint Hoover is an amazing teacher, patient and very generous in giving incredible tips while transmitting his great experience as a musician with a very wide knowledge of different instruments.

Jim Mar 29, 2018
Harmonica · Online

Clint was very personable and very helpful getting me, a beginner, started with the basic fundamentals. I liked his relaxed style and the fact that he patiently waited while I made notes to myself about the lesson. I am looking forward to our next lesson.

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Jake Jun 26, 2017
Harmonica · Online

Great experience

Anna Grassini Feb 2, 2017
Harmonica ·

Excellent first lesson with good explanation of technique...lots to learn and to practice! Good demonstration and really appreciated being told that it would take a while to get things right!

Sandra R. Jan 30, 2017
Harmonica · Online

A great first lesson. Clint explained and demonstrated good techniques and how to develop them.

Donald Penson Dec 12, 2016
Harmonica · Online

Clint has a relaxed almost casual approach to teaching Harmonica. I learn more each lesson than with any other instructor. I recommend Clint and his style of teaching to anyone interested in playing harmonica.

Donald Penson Nov 29, 2016
Harmonica · Online

Working with Clint was great. I learned a lot about the pucker style of playing and breathing. I am confident that I will learn to play comfortably.

Chris Mar 17, 2016
Harmonica · In studio

I have personally benefitted from Clint's lessons for over 2 years now and have learned much, much faster than I possibly could have on my own or through the internet. He brings his wealth of musical knowledge and performance experience, meets you right where you are, and leads you to the next level . He is also adaptable in tailoring his lessons to help you go where YOU want to go, no matter what style or level of expertise you wish to master.
I would highly recommend Clint for anyone at any level who wants to broaden and deepen their harmonica skill.

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Chris Mar 15, 2016
Harmonica · In studio

My intention when I started taking lessons with Clint was to continue as long as I was making progress, and as long as I found playing and practicing enjoyable. After two years, I still look forward to our lessons as much as when I began.

Clint is always positive, and he does an excellent job of tailoring his instruction to the interests of his student.

I highly recommend Clint to anyone who is serious about learning to play harmonica.

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Joan Mar 10, 2016
Harmonica · In home

Clint is a fantastic harmonica teacher! I’ve been studying with him for a couple of years, and always look forward to my lessons with him. I started with him as a complete newbie in a class he was teaching. After the first bar I heard him play, I knew he was an exceptional player and that this was a rare opportunity to learn from one of the best. I’ve been taking private lessons with him ever since, and couldn’t be happier. Not only is he a gifted teacher and inspiring musician, but he’s great person who is fun to spend time with. If you’re looking for a harmonica instructor, coach, or mentor who will help you get the most out of your playing, he is your guy!

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Gretchen Mar 7, 2016
Harmonica · In studio

I have followed Clint's career for many decades. He is a fabulous performer and a sensitive player. I know many of his students, and they all rave about his teaching skills. He is able to clearly communicate about the music and the instrument, and is knowledgeable about the history of the instrument. He inspires his students to reach beyond what they thought they could do. He is a dedicated and accomplished musician and teacher. He is the best teacher out there!

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Rich "Tuck" Majeran Mar 7, 2016
Harmonica · In home

I've been taking lessons from Clint for quite a while now and he's a great teacher.He's always ready to answer ANY question I might ask,no matter how basic(or advanced) it may be.He's a super nice,patient teacher who has improved my playing immensely.His knowledge of harmonica and music theory is unreal but I never feel intimidated by him.No matter what level player you are,he will up yor game!

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Fred L. Jan 5, 2016
Harmonica · Online

Clint did what I would expect a teacher with a new student to do. He assessed my background and present ability on the instrument, and then offered a basic starting point for the lesson plan to match my level. I'm enthusiastic about our association.

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