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I am a devoted music teacher and passionate performer, who likes to inspire my students to love making music. I perform with orchestras and chamber groups all over the Pennsylvania/Ohio area including the West Virginia Symphony orchestra; contemporary ensemble, Alia Music Pittsburgh; and Trillium Ensemble, a flute, clarient, and piano trio I co-founded. I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 having studied with Thomas Thompson of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
For clarinet and saxophone students enrolled in school programs, I generally teach from their school method books, supplementing with standard methods like Rose, Baermann, and Rubank. I encourage interested students to study solo or chamber repertoire of their choice, allowing them to explore the music that interests them most. For beginning piano students, I generally use the Faber method books for younger students, and the Bastien methods for older students.
For beginning students at the elementary or middle school age, I usually reccomend method books such as the Rubank Elementary Method and Essential Elements, as well as any band books from the student's school (Standard of Excellence, Yamaha Band Student, etc). As the student progresses, I like to introduce solo repetoire and play duets. At all ages, I like to support what the student is interested in learning and incorporate it to keep lessons engaging and fun!
I began teaching private lessons part time in high school. I have been teaching for five years and I have been consistently teaching students in their homes and at my studio at Westminster. I have encouraged regular practice, especially in younger students so they can develop their skills and passion for music.
I have had a love of music since I was 8 years old. I have been teaching music for over 15 years and enjoy working with students and sharing my love of music to children and adults alike. In 1993, I graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degreen in Clarinet Performance. I had the privilege of studying under Ben Armato who was a clarinetist for the Metropolitan Opera for many years. Shortly after completing my undergraduate degree, I went to Bowling Green State Univeristy and graduated with a Masters in Clarinet and Piano Performance. Most recently, I have had the opportunity to begin developing a music and movement program for young children called Play to the Music. In 2015, I graduated with a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University. Having both a strong music and education background has only continued to strengthen my love of teaching.
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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.
Taking clarinet lessons in your home offers a great way to master your skills on the instrument without ever leaving your home! Many students and parents find this very convenient as there is no additional time for travel.
Taking clarinet lessons as an adult is a great way to learn a new skill. Many of our adult students may have played clarinet as a child and want to pick it back up again, however it is still beneficial for students of all levels. Adult students can generally notice a lot of progress in a short time, provided they are practicing every day between their lessons.
The teachers in our network create a customized lesson plan for every student. Topics covered during Musika's clarinet lessons may include, but are not limited to: learning the notes using a clarinet fingering chart, proper embouchure and tonguing technique, how to read music, how to care for your clarinet, which reed strength and mouthpiece to use, music theory, basic form and analysis, musicianship skills, or how to become a better musician, and most importantly, how to have fun playing the clarinet!
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.
Review by Justin
I've been taking lessons from Michael once a week for eight weeks now, and with his help I have made dramatic improvements with my sax. Michael is a funny, nice, patient and all around great instructor. I'd recommend Michael, as an instructor, to anyone who wants to improve their skills and have fun while doing it.
Review by Ericcharlton
Rahsaan is an extremely talented player who relates really well with my teenagers. He has them both interested in learning. Given Rahsaan's expertise, it's clear that even though they are beginners now, they can learn from him for a long time to come. He's a real nice laid-back guy and both the boys really enjoy their time with him. I've been very impressed and pleased with the experience.
Review by Jermain
Mrs. Regnarene is an awesome teacher!!! She found musical aids that appealed to my 5 year old daughter and used them to help teach her piano. She has a lot of patience and I could tell she puts in the work before class to have a lesson ready for my daughter. She is always punctual, friendly and respectful. I would recommend her to any parents who want to start their kids off with a good foundation in piano. Jermain T. Riverview, FL
Review by Sarah M
Dan gave private clarinet lessons to my daughter, Annie, for two years. During that time, she excelled as a member of the middle school band, and maintained first-chair. Dan is an excellent teacher, and Annie looked forward to having one-on-one time with him. In addition to practicing pieces with her, he helped her with scales and greatly improved her tone quality.
Review by Lea G
Kevin was such a fun, smart and innovative voice teacher to work with. I had the pleasure of taking lessons with him for over a year and I couldn’t have been more pleased with my time under his training. In just a few weeks I noticed my voice was stronger and I was able to apply his teaching and see the results. He explains his techniques in a way that the student is able to actually hear and feel the changes he is referring to. This allows the student to efficiently practice outside of lessons. Even further, he believed in me and truly cared about my progress. He was always energetic and focused in lessons and was continually surprised how far a song could come in just one hour of his time. Under his teaching I developed a stronger belt in my higher range, learned how to color my voice for different sounds and improved my stage presence. I wholeheartedly trust Kevin’s musical insight and was grateful that he challenged me with a wide variety of songs and styles that I hadn’t considered trying before.
Review by Linda
I am a beginning guitar player that has now taken five lessons with Jeff. I cannot speak highly enough of Jeff has a guitar teacher! I have learned more in five lessons than the months I spent trying to learn on my own. Jeff has introduced me to music apps that I can use during my practice sessions, followed up our lessons with comments and/or music, is very encouraging - yet holds high standards. During my lessons I feel that Jeff is very observant and tuned in to your positioning when playing - whether it be your wrist, your arm, or your fingers. He always offers recommendations on ways to try to fix something that I might be struggling with. He really pays attention. As an aside, Jeff is a very talented songwriter and musician. Check him out on YouTube. His songs are very beautiful and inspirational. I'm honored to be his student! - Linda
Review by Nancy Fritsch
I honestly cannot say enough positive things about Rachel. We met her through CYT where my daughter took theater classes from Rachel and was directed by Rachel in several musicals. Because Rachel was so wonderful to work with and so clearly talented at teaching and directing, several years ago, my daughter started private vocal lesson with her and I have seen my daughter's vocal abilities grow in leaps and bounds. Rachel is an ace at picking music to work on that stretches abilities while at the same time, keeps vocal lessons fun. I highly recommend her as a voice and theater coach.
Review by Blaine Vaz
“I took drum lessons from Mark for about 7 months. I have been playing for 38 years but always thrive to learn more. He was able to provide me alternative exercises and help me gain a better understanding of my opportunities. I have been able to take my playing to another level. His approach to teaching is perfect for any level of student, beginner or advanced. He is a true professional and an outstanding person. You won't go wrong with Mark!” Blaine Vaz
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.
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