With the clarinet you can play many styles of music including Classical, Jazz, Band and ethnic music (like Klezmer which is eastern European music). It has a diverse sound with a very rich range and tone. Clarinet can even imitate human voices as well as animal sounds.
Provided that a child has strong lungs and his/her fingers are able to cover the keys and the tone holes, he or she can start the Clarinet and Saxophone in 4th grade.
You need a Clarinet and music as well as a music note book with the lines so I can write a few exercises for you as you make progress. After we have met I can advise you what is best for you to purchase.
I would suggest that you rent an instrument for the first two months. Then you should either purchase one or continue to rent until you are ready to commit to serious study. I would definitely not “rent to own” any instrument.
You should learn to play music that will enable you to become a lead player in your band. First I recommend that the music that you are playing in your school band or orchestra should take priority. Together we will discuss your goals for each year, as well as plan competitions such as Solo and Ensemble, Gifted and Talented and State bands.
I recommend starting with a 30 minute lesson. Once you make progress I recommend that you increase to a 45 minute lesson.
Many children will ask to learn to play an instrument. Other children will need to try a variety of activities before deciding what they enjoy. Once your child begins lessons, you will hear the difference in the tone quality and within two weeks you will hear improvement in a darker, smoother and clearer sound. As the skills develop, the songs that your child plays will be more challenging. He/she
will be able to play different rhythms; faster runs of high and low notes and his/her level of confidence will increase weekly. The bottom line is if your child loves it he/she will practice and enjoy being part of a group of students who play in a school band, attends competitions and concerts and benefit from all that these entail. I find that students who play an instrument possess strong discipline and good working habits; they excel fast in science, math and language subjects and are very social.
Thank you so much for all your help over the last few years; first with clarinet and now with the saxophone. I’ve truly enjoyed working with you, and feel as though I’ve improved so much since you first became my teacher. Without your help I doubt I ever would’ve made top band as a freshman, or gotten to finals at All-State. So thank you, for all your hard work, great teaching, and always being optimistic about my playing. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! – Rebecca Nason
Thank you very much for allowing me to borrow your Mark VI alto saxophone. The tone sounds so wonderful, and the sound comes out so smoothly. Thanks to your Mark VI, I was able to play with confidence. I am very blessed to have met you. Without your lessons, I would not be the kind of player I am today, and I would not be hard-working and determined to succeed as a musician. Once again, thank you so much! Have a wonderful break, and please enjoy the mocha and green tea roll cakes. 🙂 – Yu Hyeon Chung
Good afternoon Dr. Bor,
Thank you for your coaching. Krystal got accepted into BSYO Concert Orchestra. Wish you a safe trip.Susan Su
This seems like decades ago – actually it has been only 16 years – but I am glad to have found your trace again, through a picture of Burleigh Manor student Ian Jung who is/was one of your students and has gone through the middle school where I work.
You may remember Alexis Lanz first as a middle school kid, then a freshman at Oakland Mills. He stopped taking lessons with you when he got the NSO Young Fellow scholarship and started taking lesson with Edward Cabarga from the NSO.
Years have passed since. Alexis went to NEC in Boston, where he did his Bachelor and Masters, and is still living in Boston. He is first clarinet at the Boston Ballet and supplies this 50% position with gigs here and there.
I want to thank you for encouraging him to believe in himself when he was a middle school kids. You are the person who pushed him to enter competitions and who made him aware of his gift. The gift is one thing, the hard work makes the difference. When he was learning with you, he was playing music. Since then, his practice sessions are very, very tedious … but his mom feels very good when his clarinet resonates in the whole concert hall!
– Anne-Marie Lanz
With only one month of practice and preparation, I have seen very significant growth and improvement on Krystal’s playing. We both want to thank you for your coaching and encouragement. Without a positive teacher who like you, Krystal never can be leveraged to higher levels in all aspects. At the end of the competition, Krystal felt very rewarding just by participating as she has gained and learned way more than what she could imagine. The most important is she still enjoys learning and playing Clarinet, and even more.
Hello-Dr. Bor, Hamin got 1st chair for GT band .
Thank you for your teaching and support.:)
Michael is first chair for his grade now, I really appreciate your wonderful teaching! Can’t believe this. You are the best teacher ever!!!
– Ni, Mother of a fifth grader
We just found out that Naomi got into the Music for All Honor Band of America for 2017. Thanks again for all your support – she couldn’t have done it without you.
Hi Dr. Bor,
Krystal made it into Howard County middle school GT band. Thank you for your hard work! .
Hi Dr. Bor,
Good news! Krystal is placed as the first chair clarinet player in the 7th grade school band in Dunloggin Middle School.
It was very nice to meet you too. I am glad to see my son’s playing is quite different from before after your instruction. Thank you very much! We are very lucky that you like to teach my son play clarinet. Derui is looking forward to taking your class again.