Mary Jackson

Mary J.

Tempe, AZ
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been performing as a professional clarinetist for about 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. If you're preparing for an audition or recital, want to improve your tone and technique, or you're just starting out, I might be a good fit for you!
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Mary delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

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Hello! I am an active professional clarinetist in Arizona with a variety of orchestral and chamber music experience. I currently hold the position of 2nd Clarinetist in the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, and I perform as a substitute clarinetist for the Phoenix Symphony. 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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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

3 Reviews

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Martha P. Feb 21, 2019
Clarinet · In home

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.

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Laura Nov 15, 2018
Clarinet · In studio

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!

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Andrea Feb 1, 2018
Clarinet · Online

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.

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