The Clarinet Studio at the University of South Alabama
As a teacher, I tailor my instruction to ensure each student acquires the necessary skills to successfully reach his/her highest potential as a musician. I continually emphasize proper fundamentals of tone, rhythm, and technique and believe if students master these concepts, they will be able to tackle any piece of music before them. Additionally, competency in fundamentals makes the instrument less of an obstacle and allows students to express their musical ideas without inhibitions. I stress listening and self-evaluation with each student and provide specific practice techniques to reinforce material discussed in lessons. With these skills, students are able to gain proficiency in scales, etudes, excerpts, and repertoire pieces. My ultimate goal is for my students to become self-sufficient musicians. Furthermore, I also encourage a strong academic background in theory and musicology. In this way, students are able understand the language and context of music and are prepared for the challenges of the professional music world as players and teachers. These skills have shaped and informed the way in which I approach music as a performer.
As an active performer and clinician, I am well equipped to meet the needs of my students. I am very fortunate to be a part of a great lineage of teachers and feel it is one of my responsibilities to pass on this tradition to my students. Beyond instrumental performance, I stress pedagogical concepts so that my students are poised to become successful music educators in addition to excellent clarinet players. I am dedicated to cultivating a studio that prides itself on excellence, integrity, and personal growth.