J. Erick Álvarez

J. Erick Á.

Roxbury, MA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am an experienced orchestral clarinetist and bass clarinetist. I can help you or your student achieve their goals through individual planning. I enjoy working on fundamentals and utilizing performance psychology practices to improve the learning outcomes for the students. I believe that teaching clarinet is like playing a sport: there is a lot that goes into the work that is challenging the student while enjoying the process.
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J. Erick delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 11+ and special needs

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(hablo español)
I play clarinet and bass clarinet. I have a Bachelor of Music from the University of Florida and am about to complete my Graduate Performance Diploma at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

I have worked with several local wind ensembles and orchestras such as the Boston Civic Symphony and groups at MIT. During my time in Florida I performed with Ars Flores Symphony, Alhambra Orchestra, Frost Clarinet Choir, and the Miami Music Project.

My approach to the clarinet is goal-oriented and focused on making the practicing process easy and fun for the students. I prefer to discuss the goals openly with the student, and then come up with bite size chunks of practice to reach those goals over time. Playing music is like playing a sport; there are a lot of skills to be learned but the results are gratifying and far reaching.

I encourage my students to use time-saving methods like ClassicalFingers (finger training) as well as endurance building exercises with simple items like straws and a wall.

My main concentrations are orchestral, chamber music, and contemporary music. I will help the student prepare for All-State, Solo/Ensemble, or their wind band/orchestra/audition repertoire. I also will bring duets to help the student learn to play along with others and improve sight-reading ability.

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Graduate Performance Diploma
Aug 2017 - Present
Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Bachelor of Music
Jun 2010 - May 2014
University of Florida


Fluent / Native Proficiency

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Naomi Feb 16, 2019
Clarinet · In home

Erick is very patient and really encouraging !

Sharon Feb 16, 2019
Clarinet · In home

My daughters really enjoyed their clarinet lessons with Erick.

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