Mary Jackson

Mary J.

Phoenix, AZ
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been performing as a professional clarinetist for a little over 15 years in various orchestras and chamber ensembles. I'm happy to teach and advise all ages and experience levels from beginner to advanced. I have a keen ear for developing your most beautiful sound quality and enhancing your musicianship through personal expression. My lessons are customized for each player's individual needs, with a strong foundation of the fundamentals. Whether you're new to the clarinet, preparing for an audition or recital, or simply want to advance your playing in general, I might be a good fit for you!

About Mary J.

Hello! I am an active professional clarinetist with a variety of orchestral, solo, and chamber music experience. I've performed frequently with the Phoenix Symphony and hold the position of 2nd Clarinetist in the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. Before moving to Arizona, I was the 2nd Clarinetist in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the E-flat Clarinetist of the Wichita Symphony. I've also performed with the Kansas City Symphony and the Utah Shakespearean Festival. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory. As a teacher, I encourage individual musical growth through a balance of traditional fundamentals and creative artistry and expression.


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4 Reviews
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I am an adult absolute beginner, and Mary was a great help in figuring out the higher register, improving my tone and note clarity, and even diagnosing a bent key that was making it unplayable one lesson - all over a computer! I'm seriously impressed with what she can help with, even when she isn't there in person. :) Thanks Mary!

Posted Sep 11, 2020
Martha P.
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Mary was wonderful. I was apprehensive about my total ignorance of the instrument and my physical capacity to perform a task that involve the lungs. Since I am an old old lady this was a little challenging not only for me as a student, but also for a teacher. Experienced Mary knew how to inspire in me confidence. Her clear explanations gave me knowledge I needed, and little by little I became making the sounds that were so incredible amazing. Mary has a natural sweetness, a serenity that easily transmits determination, courage and faith. What a marvelous choice I made picking her as my instructor. I am optimist that one day I will play some of my favorites songs of my past happy days.

Posted Feb 21, 2019
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I have really enjoyed the lessons I got from Mary and learned a ton! I hadn't played clarinet for years but enjoyed starting to learn again and she helped make it a lot easier than just relearning on my own. I really recommend her as a teacher for any age student!

Posted Nov 15, 2018
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Mary has the best sound concept and really teaches how to make a beautiful, expressive tone on the clarinet! She's has a lot of experience as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer. Mary is a wonderful professional musician, and the best teacher you could hope for! I've improved so much from taking lessons with her.

Posted Feb 1, 2018


Aug 2019 - Present

Arizona Philharmonic

Substitute Clarinet
Oct 2013 - Present

Phoenix Symphony

2nd Clarinet
Sep 2013 - Present

Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra

Principal Clarinet
Aug 2012 - Present

Arizona Pro Arte

E-flat Clarinet
Sep 2007 - May 2015

Wichita Symphony

Second Clarinet
Aug 2008 - Jun 2009

Oklahoma City Philharmonic


Master of Music in Clarinet Performance
Aug 2006 - Jun 2008

University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory

Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance
Sep 2002 - Jun 2006

Northwestern University

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