- Levels Taught:
I have played the clarinet for 18+ years. I have performed with local (SEIBA), collegiate (Central College & University of Iowa), and state (Iowa) honor bands with the clarinet. I specialize in beginner students (all ages) who are just learning and beginning with the clarinet.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
Note: If you are interested in lessons in the Des Moines area, please message me about my in studio lesson availability through TakeLessons. Availability for in studio lessons varies seasonally due to home projects.
Hi, there! My name is Victoria and I can't wait to meet you! I am available for in-studio (my home) and online lessons. I have been playing the clarinet for over 21 years and teaching music since 2017. I teach all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced. Please note that I take a limited number of advanced students. Please message me to see if I have availability for you/your advanced student. Please also take a moment to view the videos on my profile as I answer some frequently asked questions.
I love helping my students work toward their individual goals, overcome challenges and have fun with music. I have helped students audition and make the Iowa All-State Band, play songs that students want to play/perform, help with memorization of scales, teach beginner fundamentals of music and the clarinet, helped students audition for college music programs and for solo/ensemble contests. I work with your goals and help craft a lesson plan that is specific to you.
I have performed with local (SEIBA), collegiate (Central College & University of Iowa), and state (Iowa) honor bands with the clarinet.
At times I can accommodate additional times other than what is listed.
* I have a rescue dog whose name was Princess in the shelter. I couldn't take her "title" away, so her full title is "Princess Molly of Merriam" - Call her Molly :)
* I also play the tuba, flute, marimba/bells, valve trombone & piano
* I love home projects
* Did you watch my video? You'll see that I have worked with some pretty incredible accounts (work related, not music related)
* I took my passion for performing and let it help me pay for college!
I've had several lessons with Victoria now and can't say enough about her. I am doing so much better after many years away from bass clarinet and am about to audition for a local concert band here in town. I'm very excited about the progress I've made and I credit her with not only helping me get there, but keeping me motivated and learning the music well. Highly recommend!Show More
I'm on my third lesson and really enjoying them. Victoria and I have a great rapport and the lessons are filled with learning, laughter (mostly because I can laugh easily at my mistakes, not HER laughing at me!!), and they are so fun! I'm doing super well because she is able to tailor her teaching style to my learning style. I can't say enough how much this helps. Looking forward to the rest of my lessons!Show More
Wonderful teacher! My daughter was a bit unsure about taking online lessons and continuing with the clarinet, but she is enthusiastically practicing between lessons now and making way more progress than she did with in-person lessons at school. We're so lucky to have Victoria as a teacher and highly recommend her.Show More
Excellent! My daughter love working with Victoria.
We had a blast! She's knowledgeable, funny, smart, and has a great teaching strategy. I'm really excited to continue my lessons with her!
Thanks for helping
A great first lesson! Victoria does a great job!
I have been taking online lessons with Victoria for 4 weeks. I am learning so much more than I anticipated. She is extremely knowledge in the language and foundations of music. More than that, she easily inspires and builds your confidence level.
Victoria made me feel so comfortable and at ease with learning the clarinet. I was hesitant about taking online lessons but she is building my confidence by making the lessons interactive and fun!
Victoria is fantastic with Audrey. Audrey is progressing well and excited to continue learning which is the most important part.
Thank you for helping me, You did a great job
Focused on my daughter's concerns and was very patient and encouraging. Thank you!
Victoria is a great instructor! She takes time going over things and offers many good suggestions for improving. She also makes up a plan for future lessons which is very helpful. Looking forward to more lessons with her!