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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000532.txt from 2001/02

From: Richard Bush <rbushidioglot@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] beginning student
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 19:32:37 -0500

Get in touch with Clark Fobes. If you're considering outfitting your whole band
with mouthpieces, I think he will give you a free sample to check out what he's
offering. The Debut is probably the best mouthpiece on the market for the
money. The price is, by all standards, very reasonable at around $35. Clark is
a sponsor of Sneezy.

"Sharon S. Fuller" wrote:

> I haven't posted on the list before. I am a new general music and band
> teacher in an elementary school. I agree that the mouthpieces that come with
> the beginner and rental clarinets are so incredibly varied that I can't be
> sure what reeds strengths are best. Next school year, I am thinking of
> asking all the parents to buy the same basic mouthpiece. Does anyone have
> any experience with "requiring" a mouthpiece?
>
> > 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.
>
> > >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
>
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