western ct state University, ct (Bachelor of Music)
I starting playing the clarinet in 1969. While perhaps the first few years had my parents pushing me to practice, by middle school I knew I wanted to become a musician. I was given my first solo on bass clarinet in the seventh grade, and that experience helped form my love of performance. I began tutoring private lessons over thirty years ago, and for the last 2-1/2 years I have been teaching virtually full-time. I teach at three local music studios, my home studio, and travel to student's homes.
I think spreading the joy of playing is my favorite love. When my student tries hard to learn and master a lesson piece, and tells me about the process, with a feeling of satisfaction and a smile, I feel that not only is he or she learning and progressing, but also having a good time doing it!
Ultimately, a person will continue with any challenge if they are having fun and seeing personal improvement. By setting realistic goals, I feel I can allow this process to happen naturally.
My University degree lists clarinet as my major, with flute and piano as my minors. I've taken 13 consecutive years of private clarinet lessons from three teachers and professors. I teach seven days a week, and perform in a minimum of four different professional music groups, ranging from large bands down to solo work. I feel being both an instructor and performer allows me to keep all five of the winds I play regularly in practice, performing on each at a high proficency level at all times. This translates into the ability to teach these instruments more effectively.
I am always interested in taking on new students and welcome the challenge to formulate a custom approach for each individual. Whether you are looking for classical training, pit playing for show tunes, orchestral, concert band, jazz band, or jazz combo instruction, I will put forth a plan derived from my personal experiences in the groups over the last 46 years. I will also provide instruction in jazz improvisation, if this interests you. I starting playing the clarinet in 1969. While perhaps the first few years had my parents pushing me to practice, by middle school I knew I wanted to become a musician. I was given my first solo on bass clarinet in the seventh grade, and that experience helped form my love of performance. I began tutoring private lessons over thirty years ago,
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