Kitty Lessons? 

What is the number one reason my students give for not moving lessons from my home? The cat.

Kevin is the sweetest, most gentle, and loving cat any person could meet, and he loves my students so very much. Looks like the feelings are mutual, at least today:

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That crazy cat could probably play clarinet like a pro after nearly twelve years of sitting in on lessons. Love my Kevin!!

Full List of All-State Audition Music

The Maryland Music Educators Association has released the entire list of All-State requirements on their website, so I thought I would share it here. If you have friends or family trying out for All-State on other instruments, they will like knowing this information, too:

All State 2016-17

Fall Lessons!

Fall lessons have been scheduled successfully for another year! I know I have a few outstanding emails from new students to return, so please expect replies from me today. I had to solidify my schedule with the current studio before adding in new students, which I am sure parents understand and appreciate. Thank you for all the support and your continued wish to see your child achieve their playing goals at a high level!

Fall Lessons

 

Howard County Solo & Ensemble

I had such a wonderful time adjudicating woodwind solos and ensembles all day Saturday, April 9th at Ellicott Mills Middle School. What an honor to be included in quite an astonishingly accomplished group of judges for the day!

The level of accomplishment, dedication, and musicianship I heard on Saturday was outstanding, particularly for such young musicians. The music educators and private instructors in Howard County do such an incredible job of preparing students for these performances, which makes my job of adjudicating so much easier.

The true beauty in Saturday, for me, was the incredible dedication shown by all students from a wide variety of schools. There were schools represented from one end of the economic spectrum to the other, and all of the students performed very well. Bravo, Howard County Music, Howard County school administrators, Howard County Public School System, and Howard County parents for supporting your teachers and programs so passionately. It shows!

New Clarinet Today

Thank you, Music & Arts of Ellicott City and Stephen Byrd, for a wonderful experience today. One of my middle school students is the lucky, new owner of a Buffet E11 intermediate clarinet today, and both she and her mother were so pleased by the experience we had.

I was able to visit the store thirty minutes before my student in order to try the clarinets I had in mind for her. I played through the Yamaha 450N, Buffet E11, and Buffet E12F clarinets in a lesson room with plenty of privacy and pleasant assistance from the manager and his staff. Once my student and her mother arrived, I had Grace play through all the models and tell me which she felt played the best. Luckily, we agreed on which clarinet played the easiest and had the warmest tone: the Buffet E11.

Everyone walked away from today’s experience happy, and now Grace sounds even better than she already did. Thank you, again, Music & Arts of Ellicott City.

Updated Études for Junior and Senior All-State

The Maryland Music Educators Association has released the updated lists for both junior and senior All-State this week. In years past, there was a four-year rotation of the same études, so this presents nearly a complete departure from said rotation. I am on board with this, being fairly new to Maryland’s system for All-State.

After looking over the lists for clarinet, I can already see that judging All-State again this year will be challenging. The octave jumps on page 23 at 120 bpm will be a true test of the students’ abilities and our patience as judges. That said, I remember mastering the same étude when I was a sophomore clarinetist, auditioning for West Virginia All-State. Ah, memories.

MBDA List 2015-16