My specialties are in Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Eb Clarinet, Ensemble Coaching, Audition and Competition Preparation
Individual lessons are always tailored to each student's specific goals and needs. With beginner students, I use their band method books supplemented with flash cards, worksheets, and some easy duets. As they progress, I will ask them to purchase additional method and scale books, and eventually solo and duet books.
For the most progress, I like my students to take at least 3 lessons per month. In my experience, every other week lessons are not as effective because of too much time off between. However, I am flexible with scheduling and understand that it is important that my students have hobbies and obligations other than playing the clarinet!
I offer group lessons for 2-3 students at a time. These can be beneficial for the student as it can take some pressure off them individually yet motivate them to keep up with their friends. Groups are also great because they can provide example for each other since certain problems often come up for one student one day and the next for the other. Group lessons are scheduled as either 1 hour or 1.5 hours long. Pricing is total for the group, NOT per student, so it can also help students to better afford private lessons. Required books are the same as listed in individual lessons, however more emphasis will be placed on ensemble playing. Group lessons may be scheduled on an every other week routine, but a minimum of 3 per month are recommended.
Group lessons may be scheduled for a specific ensemble (more than 3) to prepare for a performance or contest. A minimum of 2 of these type of lessons before the contest is recommended but not required.
So many band students stop playing over the summer. They either lose interest due to lack of motivation and direction, or just forget about the instrument entirely until school starts again in the fall. This means that every year they end up spending the first part of the fall semester relearning what they should already know.
The best way to keep your student playing this summer is to get them lessons. Group lessons are a great way for them to get together with their friends and play the clarinet. 2-3 lessons a month will put them at the top of the class when school starts again. As I always say, playing the clarinet is a lot more fun if you are 'good' at it!
Ask your son or daughter if they have any friends that want to take lessons with them.
Email me if you are interested or have any questions!