July 29, 2015

It's Day Four of Beginning Clarinet Class!  Today, the students will be doing lots of review and continued development of skills learned in the previous three days as well as adding in a few new things. 

The students took their instruments home for the first time yesterday, so I am anxious to hear how things went.  I always start this particular lesson by asking a few questions. 

1.  How many of you played your clarinet at home yesterday?

2.  How many of you got better?

3.  Did anybody have anything happen in their practice time that the...

July 24, 2015

It's an exciting day!  Today is the day that my students will take home their clarinets for the very first time.  Read more about how I structure the third lesson for my clarinet class so that students are set-up for success!


As the students arrive for class, I ask them to do the following:

1.  Retrieve their instrument case.

2.  Sit on the floor and open their case carefully, making sure that the top of the case is up.

3.  Put cork grease on all of the tenon corks. 

4.  Wait patiently for further instructions. 


Refining the Body Po...

July 17, 2015

After spending the first lesson getting acquainted with our new instruments and learning a little about body awareness, it's time to delve a little more deeply into our interactions with our clarinets. 


As we move forward with instruction, it is important to remember to review concepts and skills that were practiced in lesson one.  On my list of items to review include:


1.  Names of each part of the instrument

2.  Reciting the musical alphabet forward and backward.  Today we will add a twist!  We won't always start on the same letter....

July 14, 2015

In June, I teach a three week summer band class for beginning students along with my colleagues.  We teach Summer Band as an entire district with teachers and students from all three middle schools coming together for the camp.  There are many benefits to this arrangement, but one of the things that I love most is that the directors, for the most part, get to teach their instrument specialties.  This arrangement makes for very detailed, specialized instruction for all the students who attend!  This summer, I taught two clarinet classes and a s...

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