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Clarinet teacher for our son
We are looking for individual lessons for our son and hopefully clinics or some
kind of performance-based experience for him. This year, he hasn't been able to
take part in school band do to a scheduling conflict. but, he loves playing
clarinet, he owns his very own, and he was in Cazedero music camp this summer for
2 weeks. just when he was showing real genuine interest, we were stopped in our
tracks. He couldnt join band through his school due to scheduling conflicts. It's
frustrating, but now, we have the time and space to provide private lessons.
it's pretty important to us at our son have the opportunity to play with other
musicians his age or older. Any recoendatons are greatly appreciated.::
Rachel Condry is an amazing clarinet teacher and player:
She lives in Oakland and teaches there as well as in some other East Bay
locations and San Francisco.
Rachel is warm, enthusiastic and wonderfully talented at getting the very best
from her students. I know she teaches all ages, but I think she especially
enjoys working with middle and high schoolers.
I know some of her students have won awards and play in ensembles including top
Lynne Funkhouser in San Francisco. Honestly one of the best Clarinet teachers out
there. Got me through some tough auditions 15 years ago and continued to work with
me for several years.
I would highly recommend Winds Across the Bay: www.windsacrossthebay.org. My
middle-schooler started with the low-stress, no-audition summer program and
enjoyed it so much that he auditioned for the regular school year group. It is
a community band for mostly middle- plus some high-
schoolers and rehearses at De Anza High School on Tuesday evenings. The
director is really great. I found out about it thru BPN!
Another 12 yo band parent
Clarinet teacher for beginner adult
I am looking for a beginning clarinet teacher in North Berkeley for an
adult. Any leads would be welcome!
Rachel Condry in a wonderful teacher and an experienced
professional clarinetist. She accepts both children and
adults and teaches in Emeryville. Rachel Condry: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clarinet teacher- 10yo wants to learn Jewish songs
Hi- My ten year old daughter wants to begin Clarinet
lessons. We are looking for a kind, fun, and patient woman
teacher who is good with beginners and who can focus on
Mom of aspiring clarinetist
If your daughter is just starting out on clarinet, it is
really important to first learn the basics and then move to
fun Jewish songs. I would recommend Adrienne Ricardo. She is
a music teacher that specializes in teaching music to
children your child's age. You can reach her at
Clarinet teacher for intermediate & Beginner
The reviews for Saxophone and Clarinet teachers are a few years old. We
are looking for a clarinet teacher for my daughter who is intermediate
level and a saxophone teacher for my son who is just beginning.
Does anyone have a recommendation? We are in Oakland Hills - but are
willing to travel if the teacher can do both and is good.
I highly recommend Rachel Condry for clarinet lessons. She is a
colleague of mine and has been teaching and performing
professionally for years. She is great with kids. She lives in
Clarinet teacher for 12 year old
Can anyone recommend a clarinet teacher for a 12 year old?
My boy Sam (12) studies with Ian (pronounced like ''yawn'') Willson
in Albany. He's been with Ian for several years, and my daughter
also studied with him. Ian also teaches flute, sax, and general
theory/ear training. A great resource! Call him at 527-3665.
Clarinet teacher who works with adults
I recently dusted off my clarinet after a very long hiatus and
am now considering taking lessons. The archives include only a
few recommendations for clarinet teachers so I'm wondering if
there are any additional recommendations available regarding
instructors who work with adults. I would prefer an instructor
located in Berkeley or very close by to minimize travel time. My
past repertoire has been exclusively classical-oriented and I
continue to lean in this direction. Thanks.
I was in the same boat (actually, the next boat over) when I
decided to pick up the saxophone again after 25 (!) years.
Fortunately, a friend doing much the same thing told me about
Alan Pollack. I have been taking lessons from Alan for almost
two years, and cannot recommend him too highly. I'm having a
lot of fun, and getting really good training ... I may even be
proficient before my kids grow up.
I know that Alan also teaches clarinet -- in fact, I think it
was his first instrument. My orientation is mostly to jazz,
but even so, he stresses a fair amount of classical work to
develop technique. I assume that if you wanted to study mostly
classical, he'd be glad to oblige. I know that he conducts
classical orchestras, and some opera. (In addition to
teaching, he is the founding director of the Mendocino Music
Festival, and is the conductor of an orchestra in Sacramento).
Alan is in Berkeley, on the Northside. His number is 528-7214.
I dusted off my clarinet and took the beginning woodwinds class
at Laney. It was a small ensemble, meeting once a week. Not so
much classical as standards, but at $26 for 16 weeks of
instruction from a local jazz talent and music teacher (John
Calloway), it sure was cheaper than a private tutor (fun, too)!
I would highly recommend Ernie Mansfield of Mansfield Music. He
can be contacted at (510) 524-2055. He has many years of
experience teaching both children and adults and Clarinet
happens to be one of the 5 or 6 instruments he teaches. Good
luck with your return to the Clarinet - Ernie will make it a lot
easier and a lot of fun.
I strongly recommend Ernie Mansfield of Mansfield Music! He is
an amazing musician and an even better teacher. He teaches many
musical instruments, but I know he is a great clarinet teacher!
He is great with kids and great with adults. Being a parent
himself, I know he understands the importance of doing something
just for us! Check him out! Ernie Mansfield (510) 524-2055
Music Lessons: flute, sax, clarinet, piano, guitar
-- Good Luck! -- Dani
Looking for clarinet teacher for intermediate, returning 7th student in south Berkeley area.
I highly recommend Larry London as a clarinet teacher and music
composition teacher. He is a skilled performer in a large
number of local symphonies, a conductor, and a composer and
composition teacher. He has recently composed film scores.
Larry is friendly, a good teacher, competent, and works well
with children and adults. His phone number is 409-2416, and his
e-mail address is LawrenceLondon AT yahoo.com.
Looking for clarinet/continuing, saxaphone/beginner teacher for
6th grade girl. Thanks!
To the parent requesting a clarinet teacher for her child:
My son, Andrew Harris, teaches beginning clarinet lessons
and has been playing clarinet since 4th grade. He is a
sophmore at BHS, playing clarinet in the pep band. He has
worked at Cazadero Music camp as a mentor, won the Duke
Elllington Award for his playing, and also is the
songwriter/lead guitarist for a rock and roll band that
plays locally. He really enjoys teaching, and has openings
for 2 students. He charges $10.00/hour and can be reached
after school at 527-7325.
I'd like to highly recommend a wonderful clarinet teacher named Peter
Josheff. 527-5059. He teaches in the Claremont Hotel area. My son studied
happily with him for several years. He's great for beginners and advanced
students- very positive and supportive. He has 2 concerts each year for all
of his students, which are really delightful and the kids learn a great deal
from that experience as well.
Regarding clarinet lessons, contact Allan Pollack at 528-0454. Allan, the
founder and conductor of the Mendocino Music Festival, lives in Berkeley. He
is an outstanding teacher of clarinet and saxophone for both kids and adults.
Peter Josheff lives in Albany, near Solano Ave, and may be taking
students. He's at: 527-5059. He's an excellent classical and
new-music clarinetist, with some experience in other genres too.
If the student is also interested in jazz and/or klezmer music, I'd
recommend Ben Goldberg at 444-8606 - though he lives in Oakland...
I recommend Ian Willson for clarinet lesson . He lives in Albany and
has a private studio in Oakland as well as teaches at Tupper & Reed in
Berkeley. His phone number is 510-763-1773. He is the perfect
combination of trained, relaxed, understanding, but true to the
music. He is very good with young people and was my own saxophone
teacher. I can't wait to have him teach my son piano and woodwinds
when he is old enough.
I am looking for a good quality wooden B flat clarinet for my 9
year old and don't mind it being used. Would prefer a Buffet
brand or one of similar quality. I would also appreciate any
referrals for clarinet teachers in the berkeley or north oakland
area who enjoy teaching music to children. Thanks so m
Try eBay. We found an excellent deal on a new Yamaha student
model that was exactly what we were looking for. Seller was
actually a music store in Scarsdale, NY. You might also check
their website (www.ardsleymusic.com) -- they seemed to have a
lot of stuff.
I bought an excellent-condition, second-hand piccolo at Best
Music on Broadway (formerly on 14th) in Oakland last year and am
very pleased with it. I think I got a great deal.
They have practice rooms where you can try out the new instrument
(or a variety of them) if you like. I admit I initially felt
sheepish but was glad I did--the tone in the new piccolo is
awesome. (as shrill instruments go)
Is your 9-yr-old just starting clarinet now (quite a normal age
to do so)? Many considerations; I'll list a few, and provoke
you (and anyone else reading) to contact me.
Especially if the school group-lesson offering is adequate,
lessons right away may not be necessary--and can even be
counter-productive if one's child is not providing the initiative.
Waiting a year or two is often key--in my case leading me to
a self-motivated passion for music-making.
Recent plastic (resonite) clarinet models such as Bundy
appear to me, miraculously, to be higher quality than when
we bought mine in 1982. Certainly an alternative to a
school-borrowed instrument is a great idea; but if you don't
get savvy help test-driving a used instrument, even if a Buffet
or comparable, you could wind up with something harder for
your child to learn on than an assembly-line plastic. Some
folks even assert that the resistance of a plastic is more
appropriate for a beginner; I would point out that the reward
of replacing one's plastic model with a wooden one (in my
case, a brand-new one bought three years later, chosen
with the aid of my teacher from maybe 20 or 30 candidates)
is a wonderful thing. When one has a little playing
experience, the subtlety of the timbral difference can be
As for local private teachers, I am one option to explore. I'm
not a full- or even a part-time private instructor (or even
musician!), but my varied experience in music performance
and music education (including over 20 students over the
years and a current foray into professional chamber music
coaching) makes me an interesting choice to consider.
Good luck and perhaps I'll hear from you--
Ken Durling reviews
Editor note: we were advised that Ken Durling passed away in 2007, so
we have archived his reviews below.
Ken Durling teaches both classical and jazz clarinet (as well as piano,
flute, and sax). He's a composer and photographer, a very creative guy
with great knowledge and patience. I know him as my son's sax teacher
for many years, but I assume he teaches adults too. He'll teach at your
home or at Tupper & Reed. kdurling
Ken Durling is an excellent teacher - kdurling AT earthlink.net or 843-4419. He teaches classical and jazz clarinet, flute, sax, and piano. He was our son's sax teacher for many years, and our son is now a music major in college - a testimony to Ken!
Ken Durling teaches both clarinet and sax to all levels -
classical and jazz. He's wonderful! 843 4419 or
kdurling (at) earthlink.net.
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