Teaching Philosophy

Motivating students to achieve artistic excellence, providing them with skills to be lifelong self-directed learners, and nurturing a love for the clarinet are my primary goals as a musician and teacher. This goal is achieved by ensuring individual student needs are my priority and establishing a safe and nurturing space for students of all ages and abilities to experiment and  develop their individual musical voice.

As a clarinet specialist, I provide individualized instruction to cultivate the skills necessary for my students to be confident, successful musicians. The specific needs, learning styles, and interests of each student are carefully considered in the design of each lesson I prepare. I believe every student must work on fundamentals, including the physical aspects of playing—tone production, breath support, intonation, extended techniques—and the artistic—rhythmic accuracy, stylistic choices, phrasing, and articulation.

Staying active as a performer and researcher directly informs my teaching practice and through my varied projects and my commitment to them, I provide a professional model for my students. Through constantly reflecting upon my own pedagogical approach and remaining current with clarinet scholarship, I provide opportunities for students to collaborate, innovate, and explore the artistry of clarinet regardless of their skill level on the clarinet. I am committed to ensuring each student’s individual needs and supporting their growth and development as well-rounded clarinetists with a passion for music.