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Instruments: Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Marching Band, Avant-Garde

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David A In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Clarinet
Styles: Classical, Marching Band, Avant-Garde

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Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

MM, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Contemporary Classical Music Performance

BM, Boston Conservatory, Clarinet Performance

Awards:

2018: Concerto Soloist, World Premiere

2017-present: Recurring Guest Clarinetist for Boston Philharmonic Orchestra

2016: Fresh Inc. New Music Festival Featured Soloist at Milwaukee Art Museum

2015: Cortona Sessions for New Music Competition First Prize Winner

2014-2015: Guest Artist on MIT’s 88.1 WMBR and Boston’s 89.7 WGBH

Overview:

I'm a clarinetist who loves what I do, and I hope to share my love of music with my students. I graduated with my Master's Degree from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2018. I've been teaching private clarinet lessons since 2014. I've had the opportunity to play music all over the country and abroad and learn from some incredible teachers and performers. I've performed all kinds of music from classical to contemporary to improvisation.

EXPERIENCE

I've been teaching individual clarinet lessons since 2014. I've taught private music lessons to students ages four and half to eighteen. I've been the music director for a summer musical camp that had participants ages five to sixteen. I enjoy learning about the individual needs, goals and level of each student. Whether they’re interested in getting better technique on the clarinet, learning about music in general, or just having fun playing, I can help them achieve their musical goals.

METHODS USED

I base the methods I use on the individual goals and level of the student. If they’re more advanced and interested in building specific technical goals I use various exercises and books for that (centered in the French and American clarinet technique traditions). If they’re more of a beginner and interested in just having fun I like to select solo pieces with them that they like (but can still challenge them to grow), as well as duets we can work on together.

For younger students I like to use a practice schedule, with lists of the things to work on and reward them with stickers and the like. With older students I use more of a general list rather than a specific schedule. The amount of time they are expected to practice is based on their skill level and goals. With all my students, I believe in positive not negative reinforcement. In my teaching I like to incorporate improvisation especially for more developed students to help expand their creativity and deepen their relationship with the instrument. I don’t teach a particular style of improvisation like jazz or blues, but instead use non-idiomatic playing to explore more possibilities.

LESSON STYLE

My teaching style is always directed towards encouraging and inspiring curiosity and enjoyment of playing music. I use positive reinforcement and I believe in learning about the students' pre-existing interests and working from those, rather than trying to prescribe the same methods for each student. I am currently training to be an Alexander Technique Teacher and some of my style and methodology comes from that background.

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