Clarinet and Bass Clarinet Lessons
Taught by a clarinet specialist who has bachelors and masters degrees in music education as a clarinet major
Clarinet solo at a Suwardi Music Studio Concert at Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA
For more information or to schedule your lessons, please call 219-690-8945 or email us.
Lessons are personalized for each player to fit his or her goals and needs.
"We appreciate your support and your teaching our daughter so well that she loves the music and is making such great progress. :-)."
~Parent of a 7th Grade Clarinet Student
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CLARINET INFORMATION AND HISTORY
The clarinet is a versatile, beautiful instrument with a large range of pitches from three ledger lines below the treble clef staff to four or more ledger lines about the staff. It has a warm, resonant sound created by a vibrating single reed. The clarinet is capable of a wide range of dynamics and tone colors from the low chalumeau to the high altissimo range.
The clarinet family has several members. These include the Bb clarinet, which is the first one students learn, bass clarinet, contralto clarinet, contrabass clarinet, Eb clarinet, alto clarinet, A clarinet, and C clarinet.
Some famous composers who wrote for the clarinet include:
- Claude Debussy (Biography / Premiere Rhapsody performed by Sabine Meyer)
- Johannes Brahms (Biography / Sonata No. 2 performed by Richard Stoltzman)
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Biography / Clarinet Concerto performed by David Shifrin)
Let the Fun Begin!
Beginners' lessons start with making the first sound with the mouthpiece, reed, and ligature, assembling the clarinet, playing long tones, and learning the notes C, D, E, F, and G. Once you learn C, D, and E, you can play "Hot Cross Buns," "Three Blind Mice," and "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
Often times, parents wonder how old their child must be to start the clarinet. I recommend starting in 3rd grade or older. The student's fingers must be large enough to cover the holes in order to produce sound and find success on this instrument. 5th grade or older is usually best for bass clarinet. I would be happy to meet with you to determine whether your child is ready to begin learning the clarinet, bass clarinet, or another instrument.
LESSONS FOR STUDENTS WITH EXPERIENCE
Lessons start at a suitable place for the player. Your first lesson will begin with a discussion about your goals, current performance activities, and hopes for future performance activities. Then, I will ask you to play some scales and music you already know. (Make sure to bring your music!) From there, we will create a plan for the remainder of our first lesson and future lessons. Lessons will include tone production, scales, rhythms, technical material, exercises in musicianship, and solo repertoire. We may also study ensemble/band repertoire.