Elia Foster

Elia F.

New York, NY

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Elia delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2015

I am a professional clarinetist with experience in classical, contemporary, and jazz music. I have studied clarinet for 12 years and recently graduated from New York University with a Bachelors of Music and a concentration in clarinet performance. I am currently pursuing a Masters of Music Performance, concentrating on clarinet performance, at McGill University. I have 3 years teaching experience and enjoy teaching clarinet students of all different ages and experience levels. I believe it is my duty to pass along a love for music to all students I encounter.

I tailor my lesson plans for each individual student, ensuring that students improve week to week. An interest and love for music is most important in studying clarinet. I find ways to show students how to have fun with their instruments and aim to help students become their own best teachers. I believe tone and technique are equally important for clarinetists. I have students prepare scales and etudes for technique and start students with long-tone exercises to begin building the fundamentals to develop tone. I promise to help students discover the fun in music, while building their repertoire and skill.

Music has enriched every aspect of my life and I know it can do the same to yours! I look forward to teaching you and helping you to become a better musician!

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Experience

Gym Attendant
Sep 2015 - Present
Palladium Athletic Facility

In this position, I maintain all equipment for NYU's varsity teams.

Programming Fellow
Jun 2017 - Aug 2017
National Sawdust

As a programming fellow, I specialized in educational outreach. I helped develop programs introducing young students to various genres of music and organized presentations in local schools.

Music Therapy Teaching Assistant
Jun 2016 - Aug 2016
The Center on Central

In this position I assisted in group activities by helping students maintain focus and assisting students with percussive instruments. I lead small activities such as singing and song-building.

Education

Masters of Music - Clarinet Performance
May 2018 - Present
McGill University
Bachelor of Music - Clarinet Performance
Sep 2014 - May 2018
New York University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Professional Proficiency

Awards

Distinguished Artist Award
Apr 2018
McGill University
Talent Scholarship
Sep 2014
New York University
Award for Leadership in the Arts
Jun 2014
Radnor High School

Photos & Videos

A clip of Elia Foster performing a contemporary clarinet solo.
A performance of Louise Farrenc's Trio in E flat Major, sponsored by FemmelodyCMC.

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A performance of Prokofiev's Quintet.

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Louise Farrenc Trio with FemmelodyCMC.
Abîme des Oiseaux from Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time.
Photo by Elia F.
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Neil Apr 13, 2018
Clarinet · In studio

This was my first clarinet lesson for ten years, and I couldn't have asked for a better person to accompany me. Elia was friendly, enthusiastic, and quick to figure out what I need and understand what I want to achieve. I look forward to having a lot of fun rediscovering the clarinet in our subsequent lessons.

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