Welcome to the University of Victoria clarinet studio website. Graduates of the UVic clarinet studio make meaningful contributions to musical communities and the greater society not only through their advanced performance level on the clarinet, but also artistry, professionalism, and leadership. Students who study clarinet at UVic go on to exciting performance, teaching, academic, and leadership positions. The UVic clarinet studio website provides a window into the talent, activities, and excellence at UVic. Students should check here often for updated information related to lessons, upcoming events, rehearsal schedules, latest information in clarinet research and pedagogy, and much more!
If you are interested in auditioning to play clarinet at UVic please contact Dr. Earledirectly to express your interest and schedule an introductory lesson which can take place in person or over Skype. Also Dr. Earle can answer any questions you have about clarinet at UVic and set you on the right path for a successful audition. Audition information can also be found here.
Here is the first in a series of interesting articles by percussion and piano duo, Passepartout, about their lives traveling and attending artist residencies without a home base. Chris and Nico are not only brilliant musicians, but also eloquent writers as well. This first article in their series can provide insight on their unique musical lifestyle.Click here to read their article.
With a new term beginning I thought it would be a good idea to provide a few pointers for success during the term.
Write practise times directly into your class schedule. This way you know exactly when you practise each day.
Warm-up prior to you lessons and rehearsals. This will save time and allow for more time to focus on technique and repertoire.
Always practise with a mirror, tuner, and metronome.
Keep your reeds in rotation so you always have a good reed to play on. A bad reed can derail a lesson or practise session. See this article by Reiner Wehle on how to break in reeds. My motto: Life is too short to play on bad reeds!!!!!
Your warm-up is the most important part of your practise. A good warm-up should include long tones, scale technique, and articulation.
Organize your practise time. Practising should include a warm-up, etudes/studies, repertoire. Your practise time will vary depending on how much repertoire you are working on.
Set small achievable goals for your practise sessions.
Measure your practise time by tasks rather than time. Putting in multiples hours is useless if you don’t accomplish anything.
Listen to other clarinetists and see as many live concerts as possible of varying genres, styles, and ensembles.