Elise Bonhivert

Elise B.

Clifton, VA

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Elise delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 5+ and males 5 to 15

Teaching since:
May 2014

I enjoy teaching the clarinet in more ways than just scales and exercises as there is so much to learn about it; reed making, performance practice, history, repair, construction, etc. After finishing my bachelors degree in clarinet performance at Indiana University, I studied instrument repair at Renton Technical college. After that I moved to the Netherlands to study historical clarinet, learning how to play on many different clarinets. There I also studied instrument construction which entails woodworking and some metal working.
As much as playing in a variety of ensembles, I really enjoy watching students grow as clarinetists. Whether it is improving technique, being inspired by a piece the student wishes to play, or any number of curiosities, there is always something new to learn about the clarinet to keep the interest fresh and the musician blossoming.

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Masters in Historical Clarinet
Sep 2010 - May 2014
The Royal Conservatory of the Hague
Bachelors in Clarinet Performance
Sep 2005 - May 2009
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music


Band Instrument Repair
Jun 2010
Renton Technical College

I am trained and certified to repair all wind and brass instruments.


Early Music America
Aug 2014

Early Music America (EMA) is a not-for-profit service organization for the field of historical performance in North America. Founded in 1985, EMA's goal is to expand awareness of, and interest in, the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods. EMA's members receive a quarterly magazine, monthly e-newsletter, and benefits including access to reduced-rate insurance, discounts on publications, concerts, and festivals, and eligibility for grants, awards and scholarships. With its broad membership, including professional performers, ensembles, presenters, instrument makers, amateur musicians, and audience members, Early Music America serves as an advocate for the field throughout the continent.

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Mu Phi Epsilon
Sep 2008

Mu Phi Epsilon (ΜΦΕ) is a co-ed international professional music fraternity. Today, Mu Phi Epsilon has chapters both nationally and internationally. The fraternity supports achievement in music through the awarding of grants and scholarships, as well as music competitions, concerts, and summer music programs. Much of this work has been supported by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, an organization that has been in existence since 1963, as well as fundraising and donations.

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mikaaela Oct 26, 2016
Clarinet · In home

u sound awesome and a epic instructor but on Thursdays and Tuesdays I will be in Trussville at five o'clock pm and want be home until 6 or7:00 . so on Monday,wensday,friday, Saturday, and ,Sunday will I be open for lessons. o and did I say your spectacular if I didn't you are.

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