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:

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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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.


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


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


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.

A performance of Prokofiev's Quintet.

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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