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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000466.txt from 1999/01

Subj: Re: [kl] 6th Grade Clarinet Lesson Books
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 18:07:00 -0500

In a message dated 1/11/99 5:40:42 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

<< I have a sixth grade clarinet student who has done fairly well in the group
setting. I would like to challenge him more with some lesson material that
would be appropriate for an advancing young clarinet player. So far, he
and the rest of the group have been working out of the Yamaha Band Student.
He is currently in book two. Our there any good clarinet books for kids
of this age rather than "band" lesson books? >>

I really, really like Leon Lester's two books, "The Progressing Clarinetist"
and "The Advancing Clarinetist." They're not method books so much as
progressing etudes in a variety of fun styles starting at a second year level.
They both move at about the same level, except that the progressing one has
titles over the songs and each is about a half a page long, and the advancing
one has numbers instead of titles, and each is a full page long.

The only problem with them is they tend to be out of print frequently!

Once my students are about two-thirds through the Rubank beginning book (that
is, when they learn the note names of the clarion register) I primarily use
the Lester books along with fundamental exercises like scales, hand studies,
tongue studies, and so on. I just keep copies of all that junk and pass it

There is a major black hole in clarinet lit at the level you're looking for.
Finding the Lester was a pleasant surprise. The songs and etudes are fun to
play and listen to.

Teri Herel

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