Tegan Sutherland

Tegan S.

Somerville, MA
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Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Must supply own clarinet -- I would be willing to help find a student instrument. Can teach all ages.

Beginner clarinetists will learn to read music, and begin by learning the parts of the instrument, and the fundamentals of breathing and posture, with simple songs soon to follow.

Intermediate clarinetists will expand their repertoire and technique, and begin work on important orchestral excerpts and solos, with an eye towards competition. Bass clarinet may be explored at this point.

Advanced clarinetists will continue to polish technique and expanding their repertoire, with a focus towards audition preparation and competition. Bass clarinet, A clarinet, C clarinet, or any other member of the clarinet family may be explored further at this time.
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Tegan teaches



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

Teaching since:
June 2010

I have taught private instruction and group instruction in such varied subjects as Music Theory/Ear Training, Woodwinds, and Crochet. I completed a B.A. of Music at University of Massachusetts - Boston, in August, 2014. As a working musician, I currently perform oboe with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra (Dir. James Orent) and the University of Massachusetts - Boston Chamber Orchestra (Dir. Dr. Jon C. Mitchell). I have most recently studied under Dr. Emilian Badea in both Oboe and Accordion, with Bulent Guneralp in Piano and Voice, and with Dr. David Patterson for Music Theory, Ear Training, Arrangement and Composition. Music has been an important part of my life for over 20 years.

For information regarding my approach to instruction of a specific subject, please click on the name of the subject listed above for a full description.

As I do not have access to a car, I prefer that students come to my home studio in Somerville, or that they be within public transit options.

N.B. I own a dog, so for those with allergies, it might be best to meet in your own home.

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Freelance Oboist
Oct 2013 - Present

I have played with Calliope Ensemble, Bridgewater State Concert Band, UMass Boston Chamber Singers and others as a performer.

Private Theory and Composition Instruction
Nov 2012 - Present

Worked with students once a week or more often, teaching music theory and composition.

Feb 2012 - Present
Brockton Symphony Orchestra

First chair, second oboe position at BrSO, under the direction of James Orent.

Sep 2011 - Present
University of Massachusetts - Boston Chamber Orchestra

First chair, first oboe position at UMBCO, under the direction of Dr. Jon C. Mitchell.

Peer Tutor -- Music Theory/Ear Training
Feb 2012 - May 2014
University of Massachusetts - Boston; Subject Tutoring

Peer Tutor for all levels of Music Theory and Ear Training at UMass - Boston, working with an average of 15 students per semester.

Knit/Crochet Instructor
Sep 2011 - May 2013
University of Massachusetts - Boston; Yarn Society

Primary point-of-contact for new knitters and crocheters on campus. One-on-one instruction, or group instruction provided for new and experienced crafters.


B.A. Music
Sep 2011 - Aug 2014
University of Massachusetts - Boston


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Susan Cunningham Campbell Scholarship
Jan 2013
University of Massachusetts - Boston

Photos & Videos

Brockton Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Concert, 2013

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11 Reviews

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Raquel G. Jan 29, 2018
Clarinet · In studio

My daughter just took her first lesson with Tegan. Tegan was very professional, friendly, patient and put my daughter at ease right from the start. She is easy to get along with and very knowledgeable.....and works great with kids which is very important in order to keep them motivated. Looking forward to more lessons with Tegan!

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Tianrui Sep 17, 2017
· In home

Tegan was patient and energetic! We look forward to working with her!

Gauri A. Jan 29, 2016
Piano · In home

My daughter simply loves her piano class. Thanks for making the class so interesting

Peter M. Oct 24, 2015
Sewing · In studio

Tegan was very helpful. After just 30min lesson, i left with more skill and confidence.

Heather M. Oct 16, 2015
Crocheting · In home

Tegan is such a great teacher, she is very patient and helped me learn two stitches my first lesson! I finished my first ream of yarn and I'm excited for more lessons.

Paul H. Jun 25, 2015
Clarinet · In home

I usually avoid doing reviews -- takes time I don't have. But I was very impressed with Tegan's approach with my son, which I witnessed in its entirety, along with her availability (easy to accommodate & then tweak again our schedule this summer, which was key). She's very patient while being precise, which is just what Paul -- who has ADHD & Asperger's, which means he's easily distracted -- needs. It was a good idea to make the first lesson a combined hour (to learn how to care for the instrument, moisten the reed, posture, where hands should be, forming the mouth, etc.). She knows the book Paul's school uses She was waiting for us with a parking pass (essential in Somerville). I feel really good about the prospect of Paul being able to "catch up" this summer with the first year school year instruction he missed out, given Tegan's focus & attention. One possible drawback for some others -- vs. my son & me, who value substance (where Tegan is outstanding) over appearances -- might be that Tegan's apartment is more like an early '70's hippie pad (cramped un-air-conditioned attic 3rd floor walk-up, with no place for me to wait during my son's lesson except scrunched up against an eave in the studio/ living room, 1 foot from their chairs, petting the friendly dog) than a more traditional dedicated studio in the home, as his piano teacher has.

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Jan P. Jun 9, 2015
Flute · In home

Tegan is a very talented, knowledgeable, supportive instructor. My first impression...and lesson...were positive! She is both patient and instructive.

Elizabeth M. Mar 22, 2015
Sewing · In home

Great experience, Tegen is a good explainer and a good improviser in sewing, looking for fitting solutions if she doesn't already know them. Models how to figure out for yourself in the future.

Jennifer C. Oct 7, 2014
Music Theory · In home

Tegan is a lovely young woman with great skills in teaching children music theory and piano for beginners. Two of our children are currently taking lessons and both are thrilled with Tegan. She is patient, kind, a master at her art and very entertaining while creating a constructive, fun atmosphere for children.

Tegan is very prompt - and her focus on teaching is evident from the moment she sits at the piano. This is our first experience with TakeLessons but definitely not our last thanks to Tegan. She is an asset and a joy to be around. We will definitely continue our class' with her - she is the perfect choice for our family.

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Dolores D. Sep 18, 2014
Sewing · In studio

I've only had two 2 hour sewing lessons so far with Tegan (I plan on taking more) and I am already showing a great deal of improvement and have a lot more confidence in my sewing. Tegan is super helpful and knowledgeable. She shows a deep understanding of sewing because she knows multiple different ways and techniques on how to approach a task and explains why, how, and what the outcome will be. She is patient and makes you feel very comfortable and relaxed which is sometimes hard to do when you're learning something new. I would totally recommend her to anyone new to sewing! Overall my experience has been great :)

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Arber K. Jul 22, 2014
Music Theory · In studio

Tegan is an adept music tutor. She is patient and passionate about teaching the material. She is also skilled at working with her tutees in a way that it most compatible with their learning styles and has a deep understanding of music theory.

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