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.

I truly believe that all musicians play music by ear, meaning that even though we might read 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 learn to improvise which occasionally leads itself to composition, I am sure that my students are fully developing their aural skills.

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.