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Dan M.

Clarinet Teacher with Professional Playing Experience

Clarinet Teacher with Professional Playing Experience

$55/hour

  • 221 hours tutoring

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Bio

I'm Dan! I'm a professional clarinetist with a passion for teaching clarinet and saxophone. My mission as a teacher is to empower my students with the tools they need to reach their musical goals and have a lot of fun along the way. I am continually amazed by the endless process of mastering the clarinet. There is always more to listen for and new frontiers of expression to be found.

One of my favorite teaching moments is witnessing the joy that a breakthrough brings. 10,000 tiny successes...

I'm Dan! I'm a professional clarinetist with a passion for teaching clarinet and saxophone. My mission as a teacher is to empower my students with the tools they need to reach their musical goals and have a lot of fun along the way. I am continually amazed by the endless process of mastering the clarinet. There is always more to listen for and new frontiers of expression to be found.

One of my favorite teaching moments is witnessing the joy that a breakthrough brings. 10,000 tiny successes in making what was once difficult a bit easier add up over time. I aim for at least one success per lesson, and teach my students how to find these successes in their own practice.

During my time at CU Boulder, where I earned my Master of Music degree, I was one of the clarinet teaching assistants in Daniel Silver's studio. I had the opportunity to teach undergraduate clarinet students and receive teaching feedback on a weekly basis. Since graduating from CU, I relocated north to Fort Collins and began teaching privately and giving free group lessons in schools.

I also had experience teaching at the Eastman School of Music, where I earned my Bachelor of Music degree. At Eastman I was a tutor through the community music school program for one high school age clarinet student. I also participated in the "Music for All" program, which presents outreach performances in Rochester area public spaces including schools, libraries, churches, and nursing homes. While I was the clarinetist in the wind quintet "quintensity", we organized a separate outreach event in Lake Placid, NY where we presented a full recital and gave performances and instrument sectionals in local schools.

I have experience playing in professional groups, including the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Cheyenne Symphony, and the Greeley Philharmonic.

I look forward to hearing from you and scheduling a lesson!


Education

Eastman School of Music at University of Rochester
Bachelor of Music
University of Colorado Boulder
Masters

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History

Music History

Music History

During my undergraduate at the Eastman School of Music, I took 4 years of intensive music history classes ranging from ancient greek music to modern day.

Music

Clarinet,

Clarinet

I have taught clarinet students of all skill levels - from beginner to undergraduate performance majors. I have experience playing in professional groups including the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Fort Collins Symphony.
Ear Training,

Ear Training

During my undergraduate work at the Eastman School of Music, I took 4 years of ear training classes, ranging from basic pitch and rhythmic accuracy to complex atonal pieces in various clefs and time signatures.
Music History,

Music History

During my undergraduate at the Eastman School of Music, I took 4 years of intensive music history classes ranging from ancient greek music to modern day.
Music Theory,

Music Theory

I received an intensive music theory education at the Eastman School of Music during my 4 years in the undergraduate clarinet performance program there. The curriculum covered everything from basic counterpoint and voice-leading, to set theory in the study of atonal music.
Saxophone,

Saxophone

I am primarily a clarinet performer and teacher who doubles on saxophone. My experience playing all different types of clarinets (Eb, Bb, A, Bass, and Contrabass) in the Eastman Wind Ensemble prepared me to add alto saxophone to my repertoire. I took lessons with saxophonist friends at Eastman to build a solid foundation for my exploration of the saxophone.
Sight Singing

Sight Singing

During my undergraduate at the Eastman School of Music, I took 4 years of intensive aural skills classes, including regular sight singing practice and testing. The curriculum ranged from singing in basic solfege in fixed and movable do, to singing atonal pieces with various clefs and time signatures.

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Very knowledgeable and thorough.

Dan spent time getting to know me, my history, and my goals, We reviewed the basics and made a great start. I can tell that Dan has a love of music, so couple that with his teaching experience and I look forward to working with him in the future.

Margaret, 3 lessons with Dan

Good teacher

My son has been taking his lessons for several weeks. I do know clarinet, but I feel that the lessons are organized and my son is learning something each time.

Qing, 24 lessons with Dan

Very knowledgeable and very patient with 1st time clarinet player

Dan was very patient with my son who is a first time clarinet player in his school band. Dan helped him with his blowing technique as well as playing the notes correctly. My son was very appreciative of Dan’s efforts across 3 lessons. I would highly recommend Dan.

Leena , 4 lessons with Dan
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$55/hour

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Response time: 1 hour