David Knizewski
Amesbury, MA
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David Knizewski

David K.

Amesbury, MA
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I am an orchestral clarinetist, K-12 music teacher and home school dad offering Christian clarinet lessons to students ages 11 and older. I graduated with a BA in Music from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, a Master of Arts in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and I have studied with teachers who graduated from Julliard and Manhattan School of Music. I have also been influenced by the teaching style and signature sound of clarinetist David Weber, as well as Russian and other Slavic traditions of teaching, all of which emphasize the combination of proper technique with fluent, beautiful musicality. I have a passion to help my students enjoy making music for the glory of God and offer lessons which are fun and inspiring!

About David K.

I am an orchestral clarinetist, K-12 music teacher and home school dad who teaches Christian clarinet lessons to students ages 11 and older. I graduated with a BA in Music from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, a Master of Arts in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and I have studied with teachers who graduated from Julliard and Manhattan School of Music. I have also been influenced by the teaching style and signature sound of clarinetist David Weber, as well as Russian and other Slavic traditions of teaching, all of which emphasize the combination of proper technique with fluent, beautiful musicality. Throughout high school, college and as a professional, I have been first chair and principle clarinetist in almost every group in which I have played, and I have a passion to help my students enjoy making music for the glory of God.

Making music involves more than playing notes on a page. It is an activity which captures our imaginations, helps us express ourselves, and draws us to our Creator. Music has been used to connect with God throughout human history, and in the Bible, music holds a special place in God's kingdom for worship. The ancient Greeks believed music was the bridge between the spiritual and the physical, and referred to music as one of the seven liberal arts, which are disciplines unique to humans. As an orchestral musician, I focus on the art of clarinet playing, which combines the rigors of proper technique with beautiful musicality and expression. In this way, I seek to inspire my students to grand emotional experiences in music, and to look beyond ourselves to a relationship with God.

My philosophy of education is Christ-centered and classically oriented, and I seek to be an inspiring mentor to my students. As a classical educator, I lead my students to embrace truth, goodness and beauty, and to discover the wonders of God and His creation. I also use the trivium method for learning, which breaks learning down into three stages: the Grammar stage for memorizing the details of a subject, the Dialectic stage for analyzing how those details fit together, and the Rhetoric stage for articulating or defending a subject with skill and artistry. The Bible talks about these stages as knowledge, understanding and wisdom. I incorporate this method into my lessons by focusing first on the five basics of clarinet playing: angle of the instrument, embouchure, breathing, finger placement and tonguing. From this, I progress to beautiful sound production, dynamics and phrasing, and accurate tempo and evenness of notes. These basics lay a foundation for musical expression in performance without the encumbrance of bad technique, which will help students enjoy playing their instrument in various contexts throughout their lives.

While playing the clarinet is challenging, I seek to make learning fun, interactive and family friendly. I also set goals for each student. For beginners, I use the Essential Elements curriculum, which incorporates music theory and history from the start. For intermediate and advanced students, I use the David Weber warm-ups and Daniel Bonade tonguing exercises, as well as a variety of standard clarinet method books, including those for scales, scale patterns, etude studies and orchestral excerpts. In addition, I specialize in high school district, state and college audition preparation, including help with sight reading and solo work.

If you are interested in learning the art of clarinet playing from a Christian perspective, please give my lessons a try!

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Libby
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He is a very enthusiastic teacher who puts a lot of time and effort into the lessons. He breaks challenging things down in a way that is easy to understand and is very patient. I highly recommend him!

Posted Apr 9, 2020
Lisa

I first met David Knizewski when he was hired as the music teacher at our PS-12 private school, Wakefield Country Day School. What I loved most about David as a teacher was that he respected his students enough to expect the best from them and also to expose them to the fundamentals of music theory and rich timeless classics and classical pieces. There seems to be a trend today to dumb things down in an attempt to always make make learning "fun." David helped the students understand that there is a deeper joy to be found in stretching themselves to put forth their best effort in learning these more challenging pieces and appreciating the beauty that results in doing something well. No matter how cringe-worthy (in some cases) the result might have been for these budding musicians, David always beamed with pride in their doing their very best. On a personal note, David was the first person who noticed that our daughter had a special talent for vocal performance. She was in elementary school at the time, and as her non-musical mother, this was difficult for me to perceive. He worked with her to help her develop good singing habits. She has had a number of voice teachers since those days and today she is double majoring in vocal performance and speech and hearing sciences in her freshman year in college. I wonder sometimes if we would have invested in her gift that has brought joy to so many, if David had not been such an encouragement to her in those early days. He also worked with my son personally with instruction in Clarinet. I was amazed at how much he learned in a very short time.

Posted Dec 12, 2019

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Experience

Principle Clarinetist
Aug 2012 - Oct 2012

Piedmont Symphony Orchestra - Warrenton, VA

Instrumental and General Music Teacher
Aug 2010 - Jul 2011

Wakefield Country Day School - Huntly, VA

Instrumental Music Teacher
Aug 2008 - Jun 2009

Wakefield Country Day School - Huntly, VA

Owner/Instructor
Aug 2007 - Feb 2008

Gloria School of Music & Art - Luray, VA

Principle Clarinetist
Sep 2003 - Dec 2005

Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra - Winchester, VA

Principle and Second Principle Clarinetist
Jun 2004 - Jul 2004

Shenandoah Performs Symphony Orchestra - Winchester, VA

Private Clarinet Teacher
Jun 2001 - May 2004

Student at Shenandoah Conservatory - Winchester, VA

Principle Clarinetist
Aug 1999 - May 2000

Eastern Mennonite Youth Symphony Orchestra - Harrisonburg, VA

First Chair Clarinet
Aug 1998 - May 2000

Luray High School Symphonic Band - Luray, VA

First Chair All State Concert Band
Apr 2000 - Apr 2000

Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association

First Chair All District Symphonic Band
Nov 1999 - Nov 1999

Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association

Education

Master of Arts in Theology
Sep 2015 - May 2019

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Bachelor of Music
Aug 2000 - May 2006

Shenandoah University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Partnership Program Full-Tuition Scholarship
Jul 2015

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Performance Talent Scholarship
Aug 2000

Shenandoah Conservatory of Music

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