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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000726.txt from 2001/02

From: rgarrett@-----.edu
Subj: Re: [kl] Method books
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 13:55:03 -0500

At 01:03 PM 2/19/01 -0500, you wrote:
>I'm sure some of the kids will be using one of the band methods, and I am
>aware
>of the old Rubank and Klose books, but I was wondering if there is
>anything else
>that anyone has had experience with, good or bad.
>
>TIA,
>
>Stan Elias

Stan,

There are some excellent books out there - but band methods are not
necessarily what you should use with any student in a private lesson.........?

You don't say what level you are teaching. I assume it is University level
students - but will they be beginning - such as in a ww tech course,
non-music majors taking lessons, students minoring only, or music majors
with a declared primary instrument of clarinet?

There are a wide range of useful books:

First Book of Practical Studies for the Clarinet Bk I and II - Nilo Hovey
(Belwin Mills)
great from basic level up to 7th grade level or so. uses scales,
diatonic sequences, etudes in each key (short), and progresses from
technically/ryhthmically easy to medium difficulty. Very applicable
for students who are taking ww tech - once you are past a beginning
level. Not bad for rudimentary students at any level actually.

Melodious and Progressive Studies - David Hite (Books I and II) (Sourthern
Music Co.)
I use these for 8th grade through 1st year in college - depending
on the student level. They have a wide range of difficulty levels - and
all the scales/thirds are in the back of Book I. I tend not to use book
II except as a platform to get to Rose 32 Etudes.

Fredrick Thurston Passage Studies - Easy Volume
Great stuff - short book, but good etudes/transcriptions for
dealing with more advanced students at a rudimentary level (legato
playing, articulations, etc.).

Klose' - Complete - you've already mentioned.

I'm sure you'll hear from many for what works well - these are just a few
of an entire drawer full of books..........

And don't forget to use repertoire at all levels!

Best wishes,
Roger Garrett

Roger Garrett
Clarinet Professor
Director, Symphonic Winds
Advisor, Recording Services
Illinois Wesleyan University
School of Music
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
(309) 556-3268

"A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes
another's."
Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825)

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