Clarinet, Clarinet Teachers and Professors, Clarinet Tips, Teaching, Uncategorized

Should Teachers Play Along with Students In Lessons?

Over many years of teaching, I’ve carefully considered how much to play clarinet along with students. Looking back at my own teachers, there were no fast rules. My high school teacher Jim Barkow played quite often with me, but at Eastman D. Stanley Hasty played rarely. Joe Allard never brought out his horn, but Mitchell… Continue reading Should Teachers Play Along with Students In Lessons?

Clarinet, Clarinet Teachers and Professors, Classical clarinetists-female, Teaching, Uncategorized

Female Clarinetists In U.S. Part Two – College Professors/Teachers

Note: this list is a work in progress. If I’ve inadvertently left out a female clarinetist in the USA who teaches at the university level, my deepest apologies! Full-time/part time/adjunct—it matters not. You are all important.  If you teach at the college level please contact me at singlewinder@yahoo.com so I may add you to my… Continue reading Female Clarinetists In U.S. Part Two – College Professors/Teachers

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Listen to – and Learn From -Experienced Musicians

Last year a friend of mine offered a really great idea to help our orchestra. This person is a long-time member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. When I suggested this person talk with our management, the response was "No, no one wants to hear from someone my age." I was taken aback and saddened… Continue reading Listen to – and Learn From -Experienced Musicians

Clarinet, Clarinet Tips, Clarinet Wholistic, Classical clarinetists-female, Classical clarinetists-male, Practicing, Teaching, Uncategorized

Character Traits of Great Clarinet Students…and Musings On Ego

One of the greatest teachers of young clarinetists today, and someone I greatly admire, Eva Wasserman-Margolis,  recently wrote a profound statement: ‘The quality of music is of utmost importance .... but it is really about the human being behind the music that is most important to me’. I have maintained that in teaching, the heart of… Continue reading Character Traits of Great Clarinet Students…and Musings On Ego

Clarinet, Classical clarinetists-female, Classical clarinetists-male, Orchestra, Teaching, Uncategorized

Teaching Philosophy Statement Is Up On My Website

‘Done is better than perfect.’ This is my motto for Clarinet Divas, my website and life. Flylady gets the credit for this great motto. This motto especially applies to the writing of a Teaching Philosophy Statement! It took me a few weeks, but my Teaching Philosophy Statement is now up on my website HERE. It is… Continue reading Teaching Philosophy Statement Is Up On My Website

Clarinet, Clarinet Books and Articles, Classical clarinetists-female, Classical clarinetists-male, Recordings, Teaching, Uncategorized

Book List For Advanced High School Clarinetists (and two videos)

I’ve never seen a classical music book list for high school clarinet students. Rather than waste time looking through the bottomless Google pit, I decided to ask my book-reading, fun-loving music friends what they might suggest for eager young students. My buddies did not disappoint! Below find a wide-ranging selection from colleagues in orchestras, at… Continue reading Book List For Advanced High School Clarinetists (and two videos)

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Preventing Injury In Clarinet Students – Five Guidelines For Private Teachers and School Conductors

Several high school students recently came to me with tension, muscle weakness, pain, numbness or tingling. This was largely due to overuse, poor muscle tone and poor body positioning. The students were afraid to tell anyone, and they thought it was ok to continue playing through the pain. Mostly they didn’t want to let their… Continue reading Preventing Injury In Clarinet Students – Five Guidelines For Private Teachers and School Conductors

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PRACTICE TIME IN PERCENTAGES FORMAT

In practicing, students usually fall into one of two groups. Using highly technical terms (not), I call these groups: 1) those who get lost in details (detail-ers) 2) those who run through material without much attention (runners) ‘Detailers’ enjoy the process and can get lost in musical minutiae, forgetting that time exists. An hour later they… Continue reading PRACTICE TIME IN PERCENTAGES FORMAT

Clarinet, Clarinet compositions, Competitions, Teaching

Geneva Competition – Repertoire

Competitions are a good resource for new or lesser-performed works. I’m always curious.  Repertoire for the 2018 Concours de Genève International Music Competition (Clarinet) may be found on p. 10 and 11. In the B Recital I list below, new to me was “Bug” by Bruno Mantovani. B. Recital I: Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke for clarinet and… Continue reading Geneva Competition – Repertoire