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MM, University of Michigan, Clarinet Performance BM, University of Cincinnati, Clarinet Performance Manhattan School of Music, Clarinet Performance, Diploma, Interlochen Arts Academy, Clarinet Performance
Merit Scholarship, University of Michigan, 2005-07 Kneup Scholarship, University of Cincinnati, 2002-05 Stecker Scholarship, University of Cincinnati, 2002-05 Full Tuition Merit Scholarship, Manhattan School of Music, 1999-2002 Arts Recognition and Talent Search, National first prize winner, 1999 Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Semi-Finalist, 1999 Fine Arts Awards, Interlochen Arts Academy, 1999 Dean's Honor's List, Interlochen Arts Academy, 1998-99 Children's Foundation for the Arts Award, 1997-2002
Entrepeneuer/clarinet teacher/Free Lancer: My primary passion is teaching and playing the clarinet. In 2007, I graduated from University of Michigan with a Master's in Clarinet performance. My primary music type is classical with an emphasis the orchestral style of clarinet playing. I have studied with principal clarinetists from thePhiladelphia Orchestra and The Metropolitan Orchestra in NYC. I began my free lancing career with the clarinet at the age of 18 while pursuing my BM at Manhattan School of Music.
My teaching and free lancing experience dates back to 1999 while attending Manhattan School of Music in New York. While teaching in New York, I enjoyed teaching privately and through community outreach programs. Throughout my education, I have had the opportunity to study the clarinet with some of the countries finest teachers and players. I am excited to share techniques and ways of practicing that can help students develop a mature sound and proficient technique on the instrument.
For beginner clarinetists, we will begin working out of the Voxman/Gower Beginner Method Book. We will spend the majority of the first lessons learning posture, holding the instrument, proper embouchure, blowing into the clarinet, breathing techniques, articulation, and how to develop sound through long tones and exercises. During the process, basics of music reading and music theory will be taught. For intermediate to Advanced students, we will learn all scales and arpeggios using the Klose Method book. Other method books by Cavallini, C. Rose, Baerman, Stark, Kell, Opperman and many more will be used to expand repertoire and push the limits of technique. Additionally, Solo repertoire from my extensive collection of music will be assigned. For students interested in auditioning for youth orchestras or bands and competing in competitions , lessons will be committed to audition preparation and technical development through scales and arpeggios. Metronome work with small increments is key to developing clean technique on the clarinet.
The short cut to playing the clarinet like a pro is actually the long way done properly. In other words, there are no short cuts. We will work with patience, persistence, and of course, with a metronome. We will set written goals and come up with reward systems. For serious students, in my studio, we will treat playing the clarinet like being an Olympic athlete preparing for a gold medal! Most of my teaching focus is on an orchestral style of playing. I will emphasize developing a beautiful sound and steady rhythm above all!
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