J. Erick Álvarez

J. Erick Á.

Chicago, IL
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Teaching Locations:
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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.

About J. Erick Á.

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I play clarinet and bass clarinet. I have a Bachelor of Music from the University of Florida, a performance diploma from Boston Conservatory, and currently working on a Master of Music at DePaul University.

Recently I have worked with the Milwaukee Symphony, the conductorless orchestra Unsupervised, and participated in the Orpheus@Mannes program in New York. I have additionally played with Boston Civic.

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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12 Reviews
Janelle T.
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Erick is a thorough and patient teacher. My son's techniques have improved since he started taking lessons Erick. Erick even introduced editing music with Garage Band to my son. I like the range of topics he brings to his lessons.
My only complaint is Erick's lack of responsiveness to emails. He never responds to correspondence.

Posted Mar 16, 2021
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If you are considering online lessons with Erick, do it! He is attentive, considerate, kind, informed, proactive and intuitive. My 11 year old has been taking lessons with him since May 2020 and it has been a wonderful experience for our son and for us. We will continue to work with Erick for as we can.

Posted Aug 13, 2020
Madelyn (.
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Wonderful lesson and great teacher. He had my daughter totally at ease and making progress by the end of her first lesson on items we’ve been working on for months.

Posted Jun 23, 2020
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He was great!!! Very happy we found him. We have worked with several teachers, and he is definitely very competent! He was able to get my shy son to respond to his technique etc...

Posted May 4, 2020
Annbriel (.
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He’s such a Patient amazing teacher! I’m so happy I found him for my daughter’s clarinet lessons.

Posted Apr 9, 2020
Riley A.
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We have loved our time with Erick. He is patient and supportive while at the same time pushing Riley to go beyond what she believed herself capable of doing.

Posted Oct 7, 2019
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Erick is very patient and really encouraging !

Posted Feb 16, 2019
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My daughters really enjoyed their clarinet lessons with Erick.

Posted Feb 16, 2019
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My daughters really enjoyed their clarinet lessons with Erick.

Posted Feb 16, 2019
Prashant K.
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Posted Mar 9, 2021
Prashant K.
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Posted Jul 22, 2020
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Posted Jul 16, 2020

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Teaching Artist
Sep 2019 - Present

DePaul University Community Music Division


Maser of Music in Performance
Sep 2019 - Present

DePaul University

Graduate Performance Diploma
Aug 2017 - May 2019

Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Bachelor of Music in Performance
Jun 2010 - May 2014

University of Florida



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