Teaching Philosophy

 

The markings of a young artist, not just a “clarinetist,” is rooted in a love for all music and the ability to communicate to an audience things which cannot be expressed in our spoken language. Through demonstration, the use of analogies, positive reinforcement and patience, I seek to build my students ability to find color, expression, and a story behind the sound.  Guy Yehuda and James Campbell were my primary mentors. They were able to share not only their mastery and expertise, but demonstrated the subtlety of communicating the ineffable heart of life through music.  My artistic and pedagogical path is preparing me to be such a mentor to my students.

 I believe strongly in the priority of teaching music which suits the current technical and musical needs of my students at each lesson.  While every student must learn how the clarinet works, at every point of the journey I place the highest importance in this knowledge being connected to music.

My teacher James Campell always said “We play music by ear” meaning that even though we are reading notes on a page, it is our ear that is doing the musical work.  Improvisation and composition are core elements in musical intelligence and often overlooked. By helping my students create scale based improvisation which occasionally leads itself to composition, I am able to be sure that when we are reading music, we are always aware of the scales chosen by the composer.  The path to becoming a great clarinetist and ultimately an artist, where the clarinet becomes an extension of the body, is a life-long pursuit.  I am honored to bring my absolute best to every lesson to help my students find their own unique way to achieve their highest potential.