Online Clarinet Lessons
At the First Lesson
Clarinet students who play in their school band or who have taken lessons before should bring all of their music and books, their clarinet, reeds, a pencil, and a notebook. Students who have never played the clarinet before should bring their instrument, at least 2 reeds, a pencil, a notebook, and a method book, which should be purchased from the teacher or a music store before the first lesson. Beginning clarinet students should communicate with the teacher about which reeds and method books to buy.
If a beginning clarinet student is playing in a school band, we will not use their school band method, as they are usually already working through this method with their band director. Beginning clarinetists may use the Rubank method, along with Classical Solos for Clarinet. Intermediate and advanced clarinet students may be required to purchase “Celebrated Method for the Clarinet” by Hyacinthe Eleanore Klose. Advanced clarinet students will also be required to purchase a book of studies or exercises. Intermediate and advanced students will also be working on standard solo repertoire, and while some of these pieces may be borrowed from the teacher, serious students will be encouraged to purchase their own copy.
At Every Lesson
Clarinet students need to have their instrument, at least 2 good reeds, a pencil, all music, and a completed copy of the previous week's Assignment Sheet at each lesson. It may also be helpful to have a notebook to write down lesson notes. If the student has been assigned a worksheet, they should bring the worksheet to their lesson, whether it has been completed or not. If possible, reeds should be soaked and ready to go and the instrument should be put together before the lesson begins.
Other Expenses and Purchases
Every clarinetist needs to purchase reeds regularly. Each clarinet student will be required to have at least two good reeds at every lesson. All clarinet students will be required to purchase a metronome and electronic tuner. Tuner and metronome apps are becoming available for most mobile devices, but apps should only be used if the student has access to their own device. Small accessories like swabs and cork grease will need to be purchased from time to time. Intermediate clarinet students who own a basic student model clarinet will need to purchase an intermediate or professional model clarinet, and serious advanced clarinet students will need to at some point purchase a good professional model clarinet. All woodwind instruments have pads, cork, springs, and keys that may go out of adjustment or need to be repaired or replaced. Your instrument should be brought into a repair shop at least once a year to be checked over, and when recommended by the teacher.