Clarinets are part of the woodwind family and are played using a single reed inside the instrument's mouthpiece.
» Clarinets are a common instrument in orchestras and bands and are a great option for students interested in playing with a group.
» The clarinet is a transposing instrument, meaning the music notation is for the clarinet is written in a different key than it would be for non-transposing instruments. This is why the clarinet is often called the "B-flat clarinet."
» The clarinet is one of the most versatile woodwind instruments, with a range of almost 4 octaves and a large dymanic (volume) range.
MEET THE TEACHERS
Kitty Jones comes from a family of musicians and grew up going to live shows and learning music from her own family. Though she had been singing her whole life, in fifth grade, one of her teachers encouraged her to dive deeper into music and learn an instrument. She first started learning the clarinet and soon picked up the guitar as well. She continued studying the clarinet and played in both concert and marching band, and eventually earned an award for her music leadership in band. She decided to study music education in college because she wanted to become a well-rounded musician, and graduated in 2018 with a degree in University Studies with an emphasis in Creative Arts Education. Kitty first began teaching music lessons in college and realized how much she loves teaching and encouraging people through music. She is great at helping students believe in their abilities and she loves helping her students exceed their own expectations through lessons, practice, and encouragement. Kitty is known for her positive energy — she gets really excited when her students accomplish something and will be their biggest cheerleader (She might even jump up in celebration!)
Nick Ferreirae first started learning music in the fourth grade in an after-school concert band. He continued playing in bands throughout his childhood and eventually came to New Orleans to study music at Tulane University. During college, Nick was involved in jazz combos, ensembles and choir. He graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Studies. Nick has performed around New Orleans as a gigging musician in various jazz, blues, funk, and rock bands. He also has done studio work with bands.
Nick is passionate about music and wants to do his part in helping the next generation of musicians grow and learn. He’s grateful for all the teachers he’s had and knows he wouldn’t be the musician he is today if it weren’t for them. Nick specializes in teaching Jazz music and educating students on the repertoire, composers and the different jazz playing styles.
The B♭ clarinet (B-flat clarinet) is the most common type of clarinet and is usually what people mean when they refer to the clarinet. Clarinet students start by learning the B♭ clarinet.
The bass clarinet has a lower pitch range than the B♭ clarinet. It is much less common, but is occasionally used in orchestra and band music. The instrument is longer and curves on both ends.
E♭ & A CLARINETS
There are many other types of clarinets that advanced players use. The most common of these are the A clarinet and the E♭ clarinet (E-flat clarinet). These are typically used in specific orchestral pieces when the composer calls for a different clarinet to be used.
30-minute lessons are our most popular option at NOLA School of Music. They are ideal for beginners and children who don't have enough material (or the attention span) for a longer lesson.
60-minute weekly lessons are great for adults or intermediate/advanced students. An hour lesson gives your teacher plenty of time to focus on technique, sight-reading, improvisation, and other aspects of music without being rushed.
For many students, 45-minute weekly lessons are the perfect sweet spot. Since 45-minute lessons are difficult to schedule, they may only be available during early afternoon hours or late evening.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
about clarinet lessons at NOLA School of Music
DO I NEED TO HAVE A CLARINET TO PRACTICE ON AT HOME?
Yes, you'll need to have an instrument to practice on in between lessons. Talk to your teacher for recommendations of where to purchase or rent an instrument. (A lot of our students rent their instruments if they're not ready for the commitment or are trying to save money!)
DO YOU TEACH ADULTS?
Yes! A huge portion of our student base is adults looking to re-learn an instrument or learn a new instrument!
At NOLA School of Music, we believe you CAN teach an old dog new tricks — and adults are great students because they can grasp technique and music theory concepts much better than young children. So even if you're starting out from scratch as an adult, with a little bit of practice, you'll progress quickly!
IS MY CHILD TOO YOUNG FOR CLARINET LESSONS?
Playing the clarinet may be tricky for younger students under the age of 9 whose hands aren't large enough. Often, we will start out younger students on the recorder or the piano and then transition them to the clarinet once they have grown into the instrument. This will give them a huge head start when they start learning the instrument because they will already know the basics of music reading and rhythm.
If you're interested in signing up a younger student for lessons, we'll set up a month of lessons on a trial basis and make a decision after working with your child!