Time: 19:45 - 21:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME109A
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course is an introduction to the solo and ensemble repertoire. Technique, articulation, musicianship and tone
quality are taught through jazz, classical and popular styles.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- All aspects of clarinet technique - breathing, articulation, fingering, tone etc. - at grade 4 standard
- solo and ensemble repertoire in a wide variety of styles
- sight reading
- the art of interpretation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate improved aspects of clarinet technique
- Interpret a wider variety of repertoire and styles
- Demonstrate improved reading skills
- Demonstrate progress in the art of ensemble playing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should be able to play Bb clarinet to approximately grade 4 standard, and should be at ease with note-reading.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes are taught online through tutor explanation and demonstration, group playing along with the tutor and individual playing. Sessions will also include class discussion, plus embedded aural skills and theoretical study.
A regular practise routine is essential to make progress you will need to practise regularly outside class (ideally at least 20 minutes 4 times per week).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need your own Bb clarinet and supply of reeds. We will be using the following books throughout Clarinet Level 4; you need to have your own copies:
Studies for Clarinet by Eva Perenyi
30 Jazz Influenced Studies for Clarinet, Grades 3-5 by Tom Jackson AND/OR
20 Crucial Clarinet Studies: Clarinet by Helen Madden
Please check our page on Where to buy music and instruments which lists lists some of our local music shops and includes specific advice on clarinets.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to Clarinet 4B. You may take Clarinet level 4 courses for as many terms as you wish, and progress to Clarinet 5, Clarinet repertoire workshop or Clarinet: advanced workshop and ensembles when ready. Your tutor will advise.
You may also be interested in Ensembles, Musician theory and musicianship, or
George is a freelance clarinet and bass clarinet player and teacher. Having graduated with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music (MA, 2010), George regularly plays in Brandenburg Sinfonia in London with players from the top London orchestras. He is a member of Kidenza Orchestra, performing classical orchestral music to thousands of young audience members every year. George has given many premieres, including pieces for the LSO's Soundhub scheme and in various national festivals. He has recorded widely, including at Abbey Road Studios. George has released two albums with his group iyatraQuartet, to critical acclaim. They were awarded the Kennedy Award 2019 by violinist Nigel Kennedy. George has led music workshops for Music for Autism, Aldeburgh Participate! and Bristol Pre-Conservatoire, and performed several operas for Royal Opera House Education and Outreach. He also conducts Surbiton Royal British Legion Marching Band and Palace Band in Alexandra Palace and at Benslow Music.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.