Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
Lessons take place in-person, online, or a mix of both! In-person lessons are at the Gorham School of Music in Gorham, Maine, or at my home studio in Portland, Maine. Online lessons take place in Duet Partner's online studio (similar to Zoom).
What days do you teach?
Generally, weekdays between 12 pm and 7 pm ET.
How often do we meet?
Lessons typically occur once per week with weekly time slot reserved for you. Flexible lesson schedules are also available.
Are you accepting new students?
Yes! You may begin at any time throughout the year. At times I may have a waiting list.
What ages do you teach?
I begin students as young as 8 (as long as they are big enough to comfortably hold the clarinet) and teach adults of all ages. I believe it is never too late to learn an instrument and I know of some great ensemble playing opportunities for adults in the Portland, ME area.
How much will I/my child need to practice?
The amount of practice time suggested will vary depending on the age and goals of each student. A general suggestion for a young beginner is 15 minutes each day for 5 days per week, working up to 30 minutes each day for 5 - 7 days a week. The intention is for practice time to become a daily habit that each student enjoys. Musical progress tends to lead to more inspiration to play! I make sure in lessons that clear and specific goals are outlined for each week so that each student knows exactly what to work on, alongside whatever they like to play for fun.
What do I/we need to begin lessons?
A clarinet in good working condition, a reed, a pencil, and if online, a music stand at home. You are welcome to begin lessons without any supplies, and I can help you get set up with what you need.
Do you have a recital?
Yes! We hold a studio recital each Spring late May/early June for local students to perform live and online students to contribute a recording. The recital is a supportive environment for students to share what they've learned, to practice performing in public for family and friends, and also to collaborate with a pianist depending on repertoire chosen. Recital participation is strongly encouraged but not mandatory.
How much do you charge for lessons?
Please contact me for current rates. Different lesson packages are available depending on the needs of each student and tuition varies. Note that tuition covers much more than the time spent in lessons, it also goes towards:
Tailoring my curriculum for each student
Researching music literature and lesson materials
Professional development (I take lessons too!)
Answering questions via email and text
My ongoing daily study of the clarinet
What is Duet Partner?
Duet Partner is my studio management software. Each student receives a login to a site where you can see your lesson schedule, see my calendar availability, track your make-up lesson credits, see lesson notes and assignments, use a practice log, see your invoice and payment history, and make online payments. Using your Duet Partner login is optional but I find it very helpful!