I’m transfering my website materials to a new website called DianaHaskellClarinet. It’s up and running! Which has meant updating/enhancing/dictionary-ing/thesaurus-izing/and so on. It’s tear-my-heart-out slow. Arduous. Worse than practicing long tones. I’d rather rearrange my sock drawer. And so on. Kidding. It’s actually been a thoughtful process of updating my philosophy statements for all age groups.… Continue reading Teaching Philosophies
I was taught this wind version of the Box Breath by Laura Dwyer, a fabulous flutist in the St. Louis area. Also known as the Navy Seal breathing technique, the Box Breath is calming and energizing at the same time. Students who try it find it effective in calming nerves before tests or auditions. Practice the… Continue reading The Modified Box Breath
No one can take away our musicality. Reeds may fail. Technical slip-ups are common. We might trip. Distractions are everywhere! But musicality is internal. So focus on musicality. No one can mess with musicality. Pour over and study harmony. Practice shaping every phrase. Be concerned with beauty and artistry. WHAT ELSE WE CAN CONTROL 1)… Continue reading Tips For Better Performances
Sit back and listen to the liquid sounds of Pete Fountain. http://youtu.be/3BP-NGFooJU
My piano professor at Eastman, Maria Louisa Faini, taught me to study the music of a composer's 'best' genre in order to understand that composer's piano works. For instance, she encouraged me to study Beethoven's symphonies...his voicing of chorales and use of dynamics, for example....in order to have a deeper understanding of how to approach… Continue reading Importance of Studying Other Genres
I work with some of the finest colleagues anywhere. St. Louis Symphony musicians are known for graciousness towards visiting conductors, a high level of passion and musicality, and friendliness. I thought it might be fun to ask some of these wonderful musicians what they think is the most important part of playing in an orchestra.… Continue reading The Most Important Aspect of Playing In An Orchestra
Clarinet Divas is a random collection of useful clarinet and musical tips. Happy exploring!