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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000503.txt from 2001/02

From: "Karl Krelove" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] beginning student
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2001 23:08:36 -0500


Rule #1 with beginners: Don't try to do everything at once. Don't be
impatient for beautiful results or even consistency - these things take
time. Tell the student when things are right and tell him how to fix them
when they aren't. If there are a lot of things wrong, pick the most glaring
one or two things and ignore the others as much as possible. It's very easy
to cause a beginner to become frustrated by tinkering with too much at once.

A #2 reed may or may not be appropriate, depending on the mouthpiece. If
listers think Vandorens and other pro-oriented commercial mass-produced
mouthpieces are inconsistent, they haven't experienced inconsistency until
they try two or three of the same model of the mouthpieces that come with
most beginner clarinets. Be sure to play the setup yourself. If in doubt,
try a 2-1/2 and see if it improves the student's sound and control or makes
them worse.

Rule #2: Enjoy the student as a person, not just as a clarinet player. You
don't say how old she is, but even the nine- and ten-year-olds can be

Good luck!

Karl Krelove

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jennifer Brinkley []
> Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2001 12:17 AM
> To:
> Subject: [kl] beginning student
> Having been a "silent" member of this listserv, I've enjoyed lots of the
> info that I am learning from all of you...
> But I do have a question that I hope some of you can help me
> with. I am a
> college student (music ed) who has taught privately in the past.
> The school
> of music here at EIU asked me to teach a beginning student, who
> is in fourth
> grade. Having never really taught a beginner, I am running into
> difficulties, the most important being tone production. She can
> sometimes
> get the note out, only for about a second. We have only worked
> with throat
> tones and the RH in the lower register. She has a good embouchure and is
> using a 2 rico reed. Any suggestions on how to help her produce
> a tone as
> well as other wonderful tips on teaching beginners??? All
> advice/info would
> be GREATLY appreciated!!!
> Thanks in advance,
> Jennifer Brinkley
> Music Ed. Major -- Clarinet
> Eastern Illinois University
> VP -- Kappa Kappa Psi
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