If you are a resident of Mansfield, MA you've probably already heard of the Sharon Music Academy. You've listened to our students clarinet performance at your friend's home, school concert, public park or on local cable TV station. You've probably also read about our students' achievements and about our Academy in the Sun Chronicle, Wicked Local Mansfield, Boston Globe or online.Clarinet is a very versatile woodwind instrument. Clarinets are part of the standard orchestral instrumentation, where two clarinetists frequently play different parts. It is also a widely used jazz instrument. There are many beautiful pieces of music written for clarinet. You can learn more about the clarinet’s history from Wikipedia. Some parents believe that if a child participates in a school band he or she does not need private lessons. It is not true. More often than not, school band rehearsals are held as a big group lesson, with little to no focus on clarinet specifically, ear training, music theory or your child individually. In addition, band clarinet repertoire usually does not exercise the whole range of the clarinet and does not allow improvisation. Private lessons will, therefore, focus on your child’s learning, improve his or her abilities for band participation and expand the range of his or her clarinet mastery and repertoire. During clarinet lessons students learn all aspects of technique and musicianship to master an instrument:
- Clarinet technique
- Sound development
- Breath control
- Reading Music
- Music Theory
- Rhythm Reading
- Ear Training
Clarinet Lessons FAQ
Q. What age should I start to learn the clarinet?
A. It is best to start at eight or nine because you need to be able to physically support the clarinet (2 pounds of weight on the thumb is not suitable for a young child) and have your adult teeth firmly through. The age you can start really depends on the size and strength of the child. A recorder would be a good instrument to play for a younger child as it helps develop musicality and is easier to make a sound out of and cheaper. Children who have previously studied recorder progress faster on the clarinet than those who don’t.
Q. What type of clarinet should I start to learn on?
A. It is easier for young kids to start on a smaller Eb (e-flat) clarinet. Adults can choose any clarinet they like.
Q. Where can I get a clarinet?
A. Even for a beginner it is important to have a quality instrument. We recommend Rayburn Music for rentals and purchases. To make it more convenient for our students the Sharon Music Academy has arranged with Rayburn to deliver and exchange rental clarinets on site. Just visit Rayburn’s rental page and choose “Affiliate: Sharon Music Academy” in “Select District” drop-down menu. Write down the confirmation number and email it to us. Students of the Sharon Music Academy may also have discounts on some instruments sold by Rayburn. If you know what clarinet you want to buy you can also try to buy a second hand instrument on craigslist. Our instructors will help you to choose the right instrument for you.