Lessons are taking place virtually via Zoom until further notice as a covid-19 precaution.
I have been teaching private clarinet lessons for over 15 years, both out of my home studio in Portland, ME and now online. Many of my students are members of the Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, are regularly accepted into Maine's district and All-State festivals, and go on to major in music. Each Spring, my studio holds a recital so that each student has the opportunity to perform a solo piece with a piano accompaniment. I am the clarinet instructor and chamber music coach for the Southern Maine Music Academy and Portland Youth Wind Ensemble both at the University of Southern Maine, and am on applied music faculty at Bates College for nay.
I offer private instruction in the following areas:
Western classical clarinet (music theory traditionally studied in the U.S.)
Clarinet in Arabic music (Arabic maqam/modal theory)
Introduction to nay reed-flute (Arabic maqam/modal theory)
Teaching Mission Statement
My purpose as a private instructor is to learn about your goals and to help you achieve them; whether you aspire to become a professional musician, to learn the clarinet or nay as a hobby, or anything in between.
I believe that developing a strong foundation for all aspects of playing a wind instrument lies in awareness of how your body uses your breath, so I will work with you to emphasize optimal posture, relaxation, and breathing techniques.
I strive to guide you to become your own greatest teacher by encouraging you to listen critically to your own playing and by helping you set goals and learn effective practice techniques.
To me, playing music is all about communication: with the audience, with the other musicians we are playing with, and with ourselves. Like any exercise of the body, a musician must practice scales and exercises to strengthen his/her technique, but ultimately, it is essential for us keep in mind why we play music. I believe in nurturing the music within each of us to express and connect through parts of ourselves that may not be reached with words alone.
Chamber Music and Sectionals
I am an experienced clarinet sectional teacher and chamber music coach for clarinet choir and woodwind quintet and am available to visit your school for group instruction.
Availability and Rates
Please contact me for more information about scheduling, rates, and studio policies.
Let's talk about your musical goals.