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Stefanie completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance at Arizona State University in May 2011. She has studied with and performed in master classes for Robert Spring, Eddy Vanoosthuyse, Jorge Montilla, William O. Smith, Larry Combs, Robert Riseling, Ronald Van Spaendonck, Maurita Mead, Nathan Williams, and Marie Picard. She has performed in a wide variety of ensembles including ASU’s Chamber Players, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Clarinet Choir, and several chamber ensembles. She won the 2007 Concerto Competition at ASU and was a finalist in 2006, and has been featured as soloist with many community bands in the Southern United States. She is a member of Trio de Café and has performed with several Phoenix area organizations including Arizona Opera, Symphony of the Southwest, Paradise Winds, the Mill Avenue Chamber Players, and the Fountain Hills Chamber Players. Stefanie is on the faculty at Mesa and Glendale Community Colleges and maintains a large private studio in the Phoenix area. Many of her students have participated in Regional and All-State honor ensembles, won chamber and concerto competitions, and received music scholarships at prestigious music schools. She was awarded a teaching assistantship by the Music History and Literature area in the ASU School of Music during the academic years 2008-2010 and also was Manager of lnstrumental Ensembles. In addition to performing and teaching, she has a strong interest in woodwind pedagogy. Her doctoral dissertation, “An Investigation of Finger Motion and Hand Posture during Clarinet Performance,” applies scientific research to pedagogy in an effort to improve performance. She has guest lectured for Hadassah (the Women's Zionist Organization of America) and ASU’s CUbiC department. Recently, she won first place in the 2012 International Clarinet Association Research Competition. Stefanie currently resides in Ahwatukee, AZ, with her husband, Josh, who is also an accomplished clarinetist.
I've developed and presented stimulating lessons plans that covered a wide range of topics and fostered music appreciation. Also, I instructed students in the technical aspects of music. I conducted rehearsals, put on shows and played at assemblies, evaluated students progress, and offered one-on-one after-school help to ensure each student is able to understand the materials and develop his/her skills. I believe that I instilled a sense of music appreciation and I believe that I encouraged students to expand their interests. I believe that I raised the levels of student’s participation levels, demonstrated cultural diversity in music, and enhanced my students’ academic and social skills.
I began teaching in 1979 and had success teaching students of all ages. I encourage positive reinforcement in my lessons and my goal is to make learning fun and exciting. I have had my own studio in Slatington, PA and I have taught several in their homes within a 25 mile radius. I am new to the Arizona area and want to get re-established in the area. I welcome new students at any time.
I am musician who loves to play all styles of music and enjoys performing as often as possible. My background is in jazz and improvisation but have also studied and performed classical, latin, R&B, funk and many other styles. After receiving my Bachelor of Music in Music Theory from the University of North Texas in 2006, I joined Holland America Line as a musician and visited over 175 cities in 60 countries all the while performing music. In 2012, I moved to Tempe, AZ to pursue my Master's degree and graduated in the spring of 2014 in Jazz Performance. I performed in pop and rock groups, salsa ensembles, and jazz ensembles all over the Phoenix metro area, but now live in the Pacific Northwest.
I am a dedicated and hard working teacher. I graduated from the University of Idaho with my degree in Instrumental Music Education in May 2014. During my time in school, I was actively involved in the community orchestra (Washington-Idaho Symphony), Sigma Alpha Iota (a philanthropic music fraternity for women), and held various leadership positions in other organizations, all while maintaining my own private studio and teaching through the Preparatory Division at the University of Idaho. My time in Arizona has been spent teaching private lessons to all instruments at a private school and teaching at another private school's after school program.
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Many of our adult clarinet students are complete beginners, while others haven't played their instrument in over 10 years. We also have teachers who can work with more advanced students looking to take their skills in both advanced classical repertoire and/or jazz improvisation to the next level. The teachers in our network have proven methods to get you the results you desire.
Students can purchase a wooden or plastic clarinet for their use. Wooden clarinets are more durable and longer lasting. Most clarinets will come with a sturdy case. We suggest that students visit a local music store for tips on buying a clarinet, as clarinets come in different sizes and types. Prices and quality will vary. A clarinet kit comes with the bell, the lower joint, the upper joint, and barrel. A mouthpiece is also a necessary purchase.
We suggest starting clarinet lessons at age 7 or 8. A student should be able to hold the instrument correctly, and their fingers must be large enough to do this. Playing clarinet also requires significant lung capacity, which can be difficult for a younger child.
Taking clarinet lessons is a great way for a child to get started learning music. The clarinet is very portable, so as long as you have a nice sturdy case, it can be transported to and from school and rehearsals with ease. Many students who are studying in band or wind ensemble in their school program, will also wish to take private lessons to enhance their playing. In lessons students will learn how to read music, rhythms, and the technique of playing clarinet.
In home clarinet lessons offer a convenient option for learning to play the instrument for most students. The lessons will be structured the same way as in-studio lessons and will generally be once a week.
Review by Kate Thomas
My son enjoys his viola lesson each week with Martina. She is disciplined in her approach to teaching but always makes my son's learning experience enjoyable. She knows how to challenge him and develop excellent form. Martina is always punctual and professional. We both highly recommend her as an instructor.
Review by Brenda Duffey-jepsen
Omar is a great teacher as he provides expert instruction AND the right amount of encouragement. He is a professional musician on several instruments, yet he is patient with beginners! He also has gone out of his way to purchase an appropriate book for me, strings to re-string the cello, and extra attention to tuning. I appreciate how he explains and demonstrates exactly what a beginning cello student needs to know.
Review by Stevengournay
There are only a handful of people I count in my life who were great teachers, and Laura is one of them. Her musicianship is so secure as are her technique and personality that she zeros in on my weaknesses and devises exercises to strengthen them, and during the lesson it is not "Do this, no, do that" which is unnerving to a novice. She understands the most important part of study is relaxation, so that is easy to achieve with such a confident and compassionate human. Music is her life and she is eager to share her talent with everyone. A rare find, indeed!
Review by Valerie Moore
Kevin is very friendly and professional trombone teacher. During the first session he assessed my 12 year old son's strengths and identified areas for development. He has helped him refine his technique which helps our son in band class but also has him working on duets that help him grow in new ways. He comes to our home and is always very punctual. I would highly recommend Kevin!
Review by Carol A
“Lynn is my music hero! She can listen to any song and write down the chords. She will adjust to make it easier or harder whatever your abilities. I have a busy schedule and often don't have time to practice between lessons and she is cool with that. She also will adjust lesson times when she is able which fits my hectic schedule. I'm glad my first guitar teacher "fired" me ....that allowed me to meet Lynn.” - Carol A., M.D., Aug 2015
Review by Jaima Woodiwiss
Having taken 6 years of piano lessons myself when I was young, I am very happy with Osmond teaching my daughter. He is very personable and helping her to enjoy piano. My daughter loves the fun songs she gets to play and I really appreciate how he is integrating even in the first month fingering, chords, beats, and hearing the music. She's getting a very well rounded training and she's loving it!
Review by Wilma
Gina is very supportive and encouraging. Even though I get frustrated with my progress, she can tell that I've been practicing and reminds me of how far I've come. She challenges me to learn new skills without giving me a piece that I cannot master (with practice). I'm happy that she is my music teacher and look forward to many more lessons in the future.
Review by Kristen Draughn
Mr. Lou M. is a God-send! With the various needs that our organization requires from our education partners in order to provide enrichment services to our students, Mr. Lou M. has always gone above and beyond in meeting all of those needs. Our students are learning, our caregivers are happy and satisfied, and we couldn't be more pleased with his performance.
Review by Thomas Pickens
"I've been taking lessons with Richard for just a little over six months now and all I can say is that he is an amazing instructor. He hasn't followed a set one size fits all script in his lessons but has instead worked with my musical interests and at my pace in a way that is truly valuable. He has also kept things fun, interesting, and engaging even at times when I've felt overwhelmed and discouraged. This is an instructor that is truly adaptable to his students and will make sure that they get the most out of their lessons. I would definitely recommend him to anybody that truly wants to unlock their musical potential."
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