Clint Hoover

Clint H.

Pittsburgh, PA

About Clint H.

Background check: Last verified 03/01/2016
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Clint teaches: Ages 18 and up
Teaching since: January 1981
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

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.

Photos and Videos

East Side with Clint Hoover on TV

Experience

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.

Education

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

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

SPAH Official Society Award for Harmonica Teaching

Aug 2004
Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica

Affiliations

National Harmonica League

Jan 2013
NHL

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.

Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica

Jan 1983
Spah

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.

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7 Reviews on Clint H.

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Donald Penson Nov 29, 2016
Harmonica · Online
Verified Student
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.
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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
Verified Student
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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