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Emily C In HomeHome In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Marching Band, Avant-Garde

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Emily C In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Marching Band, Avant-Garde

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

Artist Diploma and MM, Duquesne University (Clarinet Performance) BM, Lawrence University (Clarinet Performance and Instrumental Music Education)

Awards:

Clarinetist with the Evansville Philharmonic and Johnstown Symphony; former principal clarinet of the Akron Symphony Orchestra; also performed with the Pittsburgh, Hartford (CT), and Williamsburg (VA) symphonies

2015 - Concerto soloist with Duquesne Symphony Orchestra

2014 - Fellow at SCIPP Festival at Boston's New England Conservatory

2014 - Concerto soloist with Duquesne Wind Symphony

2013 - Member of Opera in the Ozarks Festival Orchestra

 

Overview:
I am a multifaceted musician and experienced teacher, and I love helping students chart their own rewarding musical journeys. Currently, I perform with the Evansville Philharmonic and the Johnstown Symphony, and I've also performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Akron Symphony, the Hartford Symphony (CT), and the Williamsburg (VA) Symphony. Around Pittsburgh, I serve as the clarinetist and programming director with Kamratōn, a chamber ensemble dedicated to performing female composers and also frequently perform with the Alia Musical Contemporary Ensemble and the Johnstown Symphony. You'll also find me at the occasional experimental improv jam, and appearing with the jazz/activist group the Afro - Yaqui Music Collective. Though most of my professional work has been with the clarinet, I've always loved returning to the piano, my first instrument - it's so versatile, and it lets students "see" the music in a way free other instruments can. I formerly served as the keyboardist and interim choir director at Dutilh UMC in Cranberry, PA, and I have several years experience as a teacher and accompanist at the piano. I look forward to the chance to share in your musical journey!
EXPERIENCE
I have over seven years of experience teaching private lessons, and have worked with students ranging from beginners to adults.  Additionally, I have three years of experience volunteering with an after-school band program, and completed my student teaching with the 7th-12th grade bands at Whitney Young High School in Chicago.  Beyond working on playing fundamentals, I also help students to develop their ear training and knowledge of music theory, often through the use of listening, composition, and improvisation projects.
METHODS USED
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 almost always use the Faber Piano Adventures series. I find that it lays a great foundation for both students who want to pursue classical piano and those who might be more pop oriented, and the material is musically engaging and enjoyable to play and listen to. For more advanced students, I work too customize the repertoire to their tastes, and can also coach interested students through reading from chord charts.
LESSON STYLE
I want my students to feel a sense of ownership in their learning, and to feel empowered to "teach themselves."  As such, I encourage students to set their own specific goals for practicing.  When students encounter difficulties, I work with them to develop strategies that they can apply when working on a variety of music, not just the issue at hand.  Above all, I strive to help students focus on their successes, and to view music not as a class or a chore, but as an exciting means of self-expression.
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Erin Cawley

5

Emily is wonderful! We love her!

Review posted on Apr 19, 2018

Glebmezhanskiy

5

Emily explains the necessary fundamentals very efficiently, and after few lessons I was able to start learning real songs. She is very helpful and flexible. Looking forward to continuing our lessons!

Review posted on Sep 29, 2014
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