Jason McGrath

Jason M.

Tacoma, WA

Lesson Details

Clarinet

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
You can learn to play anything on the clarinet if you know the right practice methods! I've been playing clarinet for 25 years, and I earned a bachelor's degree in music 14 years ago under a clarinet teacher taught by the master Mike Guerra. I want you to learn the proper technique, understand what it means to make music, excel in reading music, and enjoy the ability to play by ear. All of these are important to the well-rounded musician.
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About

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Jason delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
2003

I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pensacola Christian College in 2003. While there, I studied under a teacher who was a student of Mike Guerra, widely recognized in his generation as one of the greatest technique instructors on clarinet and saxophone.

After graduation, I went on to teach private lessons for two years on the high school and college level, after which I took a position at a church as music director. I taught lessons, directed choirs, and organized music performances for twelve years before moving to Washington. I'm now in my first year of specific focus on private instruction.

I've learned that proper technique, sight reading, playing by ear, and listening to great artists are all critical to becoming a well-rounded musician. I would love to help you find the same love for music and the clarinet that I've found!

A little about me: I've been happily married since 2003, and I have four children 12 and under. I love a large variety of music and I love the outdoors.

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Experience

Music Director
Aug 2005 - May 2017
Faith Baptist Church of Palm Bay

I led the music department at Faith Baptist Church, which included weekly chorus practices and seasonal full program performances. I also taught private lessons.

Graduate Assistant
Jan 2003 - May 2005
Pensacola Christian College

I taught music classes and woodwind private lessons on the high school and college level.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Music (Clarinet proficiency)
Sep 1997 - Jan 2003
Pensacola Christian College

Languages

English
Professional Proficiency

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Laura Aug 1, 2017
· In studio

I did not take private lesson from Jason, but was in the church choir that he directed. As a director he was excellent. He was very easy to follow. Our choir improved tremendously under his direction. His ear for music is amazing. He can pick out the parts of a piece of music that need work and works with the singers to get the part right. I know some of the students he taught at our church and they always talked highly of him and how easy it was to work with him. I have also heard him play the clarinet and the clari-sax and the saxophone. He is a phenomenal performer. I would have my child take lessons from him anytime.

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