David Blumberg

David B.

Fort Mill, SC
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Intermediate, Advanced
I teach with Philadelphia Principal Players at the Philadelphia International Music Festival I've taught International Competition Winners (International Clarinet Association, Fischoff, Air Force Band) among many other top players. NAfME Interview in their October 2014 Issue. 1st Clarinet in the National Band "WindWorks" of Washington D.C. (recordings on youtube). I can take you to the next level and well beyond that! I have many students on Skype Worldwide from Jr. High to Professionals.

About David B.

My Online Clarinet student Jay Shankar made 1st Clarinet in the 2016 Carnegie Hall United States National Youth Orchestra!!! I have had 4 Clarinet students make the NAfME National Honors Band/Orchestra 1st Part since 2012 when it was formed. In 2018 I had 2 Clarinet students who made 1st Chair in their All State Band.

I am an Internationally recognized Clarinetist, and teach for 2 online European based Music Conservatories.

I have taught with faculty from the Philadelphia Orchestra including many Principal Members at their Music Festival for over 6 Seasons. Extensive experience teaching all levels from beginners (have taught many, many just starting out) to Professional Players who come to me for help. A current online student in Virginia's 10th Grade Student got 1st Chair All State Band this past year (my Grand-student was 1st Chair All State), and I opened a Masterclass for legendary Berlin Philharmonic Clarinetist Karl Leister in Madrid this past Summer. I seek students who are willing to work hard, and have a lot of fun getting great.


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29 Reviews
Raymond L.
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David was my first online clarinet coach and you cannot have a better teacher when you want to learn quickly and correctly. I took 13 lessons and it changed my life as a clarinetist. I highly recommend David.

Posted Jun 18, 2019
Ellen D.
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there are many clarinet players. Some are good, few can teach, and a minuscule amount are both. You have just found one of those few. This man has judged at international competitions, and has incredible patience and memory. He has studied under an understudy of the founder of the american school of thought for clarinetists, and always knows what you need to know, even if you are only in 8th grade.

This is the one.

Benjamin Dutschmann, 14

Posted Feb 10, 2019
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David is flexible and geared towards the needs of the individual student. I am returning to the clarinet after more than a 40-year absence and he is able to accommodate my requirements. He is friendly and makes the student feel at ease. I look forward to more lessons with him.

Posted Jan 14, 2019
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I feel privileged to be able to write this review. David was my son Sunil's saxophone instructor throughout middle and high school, and his supporter through college. Under David's expert instruction Sunil earned the award for Pennsylvania All State Musician in alto sax as a high school senior. In addition to David's incredible expertise in performance music and his high level teaching skills, he is a very generous and patient and caring person. Over the course of years David became a true friend to Sunil, and to our whole family. I would recommend David to any music student unconditionally.

Posted May 7, 2016
Mary Kay
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David Blumberg is an awesome musician and teacher who truly wants his students to shine! He taught my daughter at his location in High School, and via Skype once she advanced to college. David fostered my daughter's love of the clarinet and helped her to improve and accomplish her musical goals. Whether the goal was to make District Band in High School, to successfully audition in college, or to improve sound & technique, David Blumberg has provided motivation and technical expertise!

Posted Apr 3, 2016
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Dave is unquestionably the best teacher I have ever had in the 60+ years that I have been playing the clarinet. Although I had been away from playing for some time, Dave provided gentle advice and direction that has significantly improved my technique, tone, and musicianship as well as my confidence as a clarinetist. Dave is able to establish a great rapport with his students both mature and young. He understands their needs and goals and helps them achieve those goals. Thanks to Dave's encouragement and help, I was recently accepted as a member of a fine regional symphonic band. Above all, a lesson with Dave is not only instructive--it's also fun.

Posted Mar 13, 2016
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Because of David Blumberg's expert and approachable style of teaching clarinet, my son--in just a very short time--is playing very well. Mr. Blumberg offers challenges, but is very helpful in getting students to see how they can meet those challenges and continue to improve. A great instructor!

Posted Mar 11, 2016
Alan R.

Dave has produced high quality clarinet players that are consistently top chairs in my ensembles. HIGHLY recommended.

Posted Mar 8, 2016
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David Blumberg is one of the finest private teachers I've known in my career as performer and band director. His private lessons with my reed sections revolutionized their sound. I sent my own son to him for several years and was always impressed with his high standards, clear approach and instant results. As a mom, I'm equally impressed with his kindness and empathy. I highly recommend David without reservation.

Posted Mar 8, 2016
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David is very patient with beginner sax students and keeps kids engaged. Our daughter has made great progress!

Posted Mar 7, 2016
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Helped me go all state on saxophone and launch my music career in general. Best music teacher I've ever had

Posted Mar 7, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Wonderful instructor! Guides me through various techniques and patiently instructs me on assigned pieces. As an adult student he really makes this fun to continue to grow my clarinet skills. Highly recommend!

Posted Mar 7, 2016
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David Blumberg is the best clarinet teacher I have ever had. I have learned so much in the years I have been with him. He is understanding and really cares about each one of his students. He had made me understand things that I once thought were complicated and has made practicing and playing more enjoyable for me.

Posted Mar 6, 2016
Shaodong Xu
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Mr. Blumberg has been great in teaching and guiding my son in his Alto Saxphone. We are fortunate to have him teaching my son.

Posted Mar 6, 2016

Davis is a phenomenal teacher. Students who study with him always improve. They are typically 1st chair students in auditioned ensembles. He is kid-friendly and professional. He understands the developmental needs of students, both in and outside of music. David has also been extremely effective running woodwind sectionals at my school. His tips and techniques are beneficial to students and the ensemble.

Posted Mar 6, 2016
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David is a fantastic musician and truly gifted teacher. When I moved to the Philadelphia area, I tried 2 other teachers who had been very highly recommended, but I was sadly disappointed -- not because they were not very good musicians, but because they were not able to pass along to me what I needed I order to progress. I had almost given up on the idea of getting a wonderful teacher who would listen to my needs and be able to help me. But since being with David, my playing has improved tremendously in a fairly short period of time (less that 1 year). He has helped me improve my technique and sound dramatically. And... he's a lovely person. I cannot recommend him highly enough.

Posted Mar 6, 2016
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David is a fantastic musician and truly gifted teacher. When I moved to the Philadelphia area, I tried 2 other teachers who had been very highly recommended, but I was sadly disappointed -- not because they were not very good musicians, but because they were not able to pass along to me what I needed I order to progress. I had almost given up on the idea of getting a wonderful teacher who would listen to my needs and be able to help me. But since being with David, my playing has improved tremendously in a fairly short period of time (less that 1 year). He has helped me improve my technique and sound dramatically. And... he's a lovely person. I cannot recommend him highly enough.

Posted Mar 6, 2016
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David has taught with my son and myself. I recently retired and decided to return to playing music. I have not played since college. We constructed a program that suited my schedule and desire to return to clarinet and also start the soprano sax. David is very knowledgeable and has help[ed me get back into music. He helped me upgrade my clarinet and select a good intermediate soprano sax. He also introduced me to several web tools and different books to advance my skills. I enjoy my lessons with David ad look forward to developing my skills. I highly recommend him to all levels of musicians.

Posted Mar 6, 2016
J J.
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Mr. Blumberg is an outstanding instructor to learn from. He has helped me by making my playing easy and effortless.

Posted Mar 6, 2016
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Very good and helpful, always understanding and kind

Posted Mar 3, 2016
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David's teaching style is friendly and motivating. My child has progressed well under his mentorship and enjoys playing clarinet very much. David has also been very patient and understanding to accommodate our schedule when needed. We give David 5-star without any hesitation.

Posted Mar 3, 2016
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As a jazz musician, fairly serious about it and mostly auto-didact, my requirements were a little different from the norm. I've studied a bit with a few classical players and do take technique quite seriously, and yet don't want a sound that is too "straight". I took a few skype lessons with David and he absolutely got what I needed to a tee. He identified a few points in my playing that had been holding me back, and really clearly communicated to me what I needed to do to fix them. My sound, intonation and facility since then has come a long way. In fact I practice probably less hours but get more out of it, as I feel much more technically in command of the horn, I can spend more time working on tunes, and figuring out what I want to play. Very highly recommended (and a nice guy too).

Posted Mar 3, 2016
Raymond L.
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David is very pleasant to work with and will spot any notes that are missing or that does not balance with the rest. Phrasing and intonation are important.
I was given techniques to better prepare exercises and studies. Davis will suggest tools to improve playing: method books, reading, videos and work sheets.
I always start my lessons with a series of questions I have prepared for him and he has so many comments on all of my questions.
Having a world-class teaching like David Blumberg is gold to me. I am past 68 now and I have never had so much fun working with my clarinet.

Posted Feb 27, 2016
Raymond L.
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We both felt very comfortable and covered many aspects of playing the clarinet. David is very knowledgeable and he certainly worth studying with. I feel that I will be able to reach my goal of becoming a much better clarinetist with David.

Posted Jan 5, 2016
Kelly - Houston Symphonic Band
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Excellent clarinet instructor! One of David's main strengths is his ability to listen, and also to teach in a way that is meaningful, constructive, and easily understood. His lessons are engaging and productive. Highly recommended as a teacher!

Posted Oct 21, 2015
Thomas Bassett
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David Blumberg is the best clarinet teacher I have had. He is knowledgeable in musicality, clarinet technique, and clarinet equipment. He is able to quickly identify causes of problems and offer multiple solutions. I learned many things from him in just my first lesson. I have had lessons at his house and on Skype. In addition to his vast knowledge of the clarinet and pedagogy he is also a positive person. He wants to see his students succeed. I highly recommend anyone to take lessons from him. No one is too good to learn something from David! -Tom Bassett - principal clarinet Northerntier Symphony - Clarinet teacher Csehy Summer School of Music

Posted Oct 4, 2015

David Blumberg has a rare gift; that of being a born teacher.
Michele Zukovsky - Principal Clarinetist Los Angeles Philharmonic

Posted Oct 4, 2015
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David has a wealth of knowledge and experience that makes him an ideal teacher. However, what I most enjoyed having him as a teacher is his ability to find music that motivates each student. He never plugs students into a pre-set regimen, but rather finds their individual interests and talents and tailors his lessons accordingly. In this way he is able to draw out of a student what other teachers cannot.

Posted Oct 2, 2015
Ricardo M.

David is very intelligent, and always very generous with his knowledge and time. His enthusiasm is contagious.

Posted Oct 1, 2015

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Aug 1993 - Present

Backun Winds/BG Ligatures/D'Addario Reeds/Silverstein Ligatures

The review by Ricardo M. was by Ricardo Morales who I teach with at the Philadelphia International Music Festival. I am a Signed Concert Artist/Clarinet Clinician for 4 Companies - Backun Winds, BG and Silverstein Ligatures, and D'Addario Reeds. I also hold a record in the International Clarinet Association as the only Clarinet Instructor who was under 30 yrs old to have a Winner in the ICA Young Artist Competition which is open to players under 27 yrs old. That record has been held since 1992.

Clarinet Artist Teacher
Sep 1985 - Present

School System Adjunct

Have instructed School Students for the past 31 years. Students love the lessons, and develop a fantastic appreciation of the Musical Art of Clarinetistry.


Clarinet Performance/Pedagogy
Sep 1981 - Jun 1989

Temple University/Juilliard Teachers

Music Pedagogy
Sep 1981 - Jun 1986

Temple University



Limited Proficiency


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Clarinet Professor
Dec 2015

Agaete Clarinet Festival - Gran Canarios Spain

Clarinet Professor at the Agaete International Clarinet Festival, teaching alongside the dean of the Royal Conservatorie Manchester England Nicholas Cox, and the 1st Prize Winner of the Paris Conservatorie Radovan Cavallin.
Oct 2014


National Association for Music Education - I was featured in their nationally distributed Magazine October 2014 on Clarinet Instruction. Was from an interview.
Jun 1985

International Clarinet Association

Since 1985


Carnegie National Youth Orchestra 2016
Apr 2016

Carnegie Hall Foundation

Numerous Awards
Jan 1985

Various Competitions


National Association for Music Education
Jan 2002
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.
Music Teachers National Association
Sep 1995
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
International Clarinet Association
Jan 1991
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.

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