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Clarinet method and étude books written by women
by jennyclarinet on 15 September 2020 at 15:00
This article was inspired by Dr. Victor Chavez, clarinet professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, who is having a Women Composers Festival for his studio this semester. Here is a list of clarinet method and étude books written by women (listed alphabetically by last name). I hope this will be a valuable resource for anyone who is trying to curate a more diverse repertoire collection. This is not meant to be comprehensive, so please let me know of any books I have omitted and I will add this to the list. Note: The following list is just clarinet method and étude books. If you’re looking for solo repertoire, check out my list of solo clarinet compositions written by female composers here. If you want to learn more about female clarinetists, you can read my post on historical female clarinetists, 100 famous female clarinetists, and 100 more famous female clarinetists. Sonja Anglberger – Klarissimo Kelly Burke – Clarinet Warm-Ups Kristen Denny-Chambers – Prep Steps Before You Kroepsch Paula Corley – So You Want to Play the Clarinet Method Book; The Break: Mastering the Middle Register of the Clarinet; Daily Workouts Patricia George & Phyllis Avidan Louke – Advanced Clarinet Studies and the Art of Chunking Michele Gingras – Clarinet Secrets; More Clarinet Secrets Sylvie Hue – l’Apprenti Clarinettiste Helen Madden – 20 Crucial Clarinet Studies Jeanine Rueff – 15 Etudes Eva Wasserman-Margolis – Thinking Tone; Time for Tone Sarah Watts – Spectral immersions : a comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of bass clarinet multiphonics The post Clarinet method and étude books written by women appeared first on Jenny Maclay.
Common Clarinet Tuning Mistakes
by jennyclarinet on 12 September 2020 at 19:05
How do you tune a clarinet? No, this isn’t the start of a band joke (although I’d love to hear your punchlines if it were). Learning how to properly tune any instrument takes time – time to train your ears, time to learn how equipment responds to adjustments, time to listen and adjust to others, and many other variables. If you’re new to clarinet tuning, you should start by reading my complete guide on clarinet tuning to learn more about how the instrument works and factors which can affect tuning. Once you’ve got the basics, make sure you aren’t making any of these common clarinet tuning mistakes: Tuning before you warm up. Tuning before your long tones or warm-up routine is a lot like starting the day without coffee (or maybe that’s just me). Tuning before you warm up will not give you an accurate representation of your pitch, as the instrument and reed haven’t had time to warm up either. This is quite literal – the colder the clarinet is, the lower the pitch will be. The longer you play, the higher the pitch. (Side note: you should never play your clarinet if it’s cold to the touch, as this can cause cracking in wood clarinets.) Always making the exact same adjustments. The most important thing to remember about tuning is that it’s fleeting – even if you’re perfectly in tune now, that does not guarantee that you’ll be in tune 5 seconds from now. Tuning can change depending on the clarinet’s tuning tendencies for different notes, temperature, dynamics, and even chord structure (more on that soon). I vividly remember one honor band rehearsal in high school when the director spent at least an hour going around the entire ensemble and helping each musician find the “perfect” adjustment so they would be in tune. They then instructed each of us to always play with the instrument set to this adjustment (pushed out or pulled in). Not only did this use quite a bit of valuable rehearsal time, but it also neglected to teach students that tuning is constantly changing and that the adjustments they made one day will not be the same as they make the next. Not listening and relying only on the tuner. The best thing you can do to improve your tuning is train your ears to constantly listen and adjust. Tuners are a wonderful invention, but too many musicians become reliant upon them to listen for them. Here’s an easy exercise to train your ears: The next time you are tuning, close your eyes and play a note. Play and sustain the note until you think it’s in tune, then open your eyes to see how close you are on the tuner. Continue doing this every time you tune until your ears become as reliable as the tuner. Assuming green is good. Another common issue is assuming that you are “right” if the tuner says you are in tune. (Most tuners use green lights to indicate being in tune, whereas red usually means you are flat or sharp.) Tuning depends on so many other factors than how many cents flat or sharp you are, such as the chord structure, scale degrees, and ensemble balance. Only tuning when you play with other musicians. Believe it or not, you can be out of tune with yourself. This is especially common on the clarinet, where octaves have varying tuning tendencies. Even if you are practicing an unaccompanied piece, listen to the tuning of each note and interval to make sure you match yourself throughout the entire range of the instrument. Adjusting your instrument every time you are out of tune. When you tune, you should tune to reliable “good” notes on the instrument. Spoiler alert: the clarinet isn’t perfect, and its imperfect design means that many notes have natural tendencies to be flat or sharp. If you push in or pull out based on these “bad” notes, you might fix one note but upset the tuning of many more. To find your good notes, keep a tuning log for a few weeks to see which notes are reliably and consistently in tune, then play these to see how you should adjust. (My go-to tuning notes are low C, open G, middle C, and top-line F.) To fix other notes, you can manipulate finger height, dynamics, tongue position, embouchure, and a variety of other factors to get in tune without having to push in or pull out. (My complete guide to clarinet tuning has several different suggestions to make these tuning improvements without adjusting the length of the instrument.) I hope these tuning tips help you along your musical journey! Happy practicing! The post Common Clarinet Tuning Mistakes appeared first on Jenny Maclay.
9 Educational and Engaging Ideas for Zoom Studio Classes
by jennyclarinet on 5 September 2020 at 18:40
Although teaching online will never replace in-person lessons, digital platforms like Zoom can present many opportunities to explore new methods to teach and share information. Here are a few ideas to shake things up at your next Zoom studio class: Organize a listening quiz. Create a playlist and use screen share to see how many students can correctly identify each piece. (Make sure to allow sharing of computer audio so students can actually hear the music, and make sure to hide the names of each piece.) Compete in a trivia challenge. You can use Zoom’s poll features to quiz students on repertoire, history, theory, pedagogy, and other important fundamentals. Host your own TED talks. Have each student prepare a 5-10 minute presentation on a musical topic of their choice, such as a piece of music, teaching concept, or other subject they want to present. This will allow your students to develop valuable teaching experience and let you discover more about what interests your students. (I did this at Iowa State University and it was a big success!) Host a virtual show and tell. Ask students to find a piece of music, interesting article, website, or other relevant piece of information to share on Zoom using screen share. Make your own game show and have students compete for prizes. Sites like Rusnak Creative allow you to use templates to create popular games like Family Feud, Jeopardy, and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Game shows are great ways to keep your students entertained while they learn and review material. Use virtual backgrounds to travel around the world. Encourage students to use backgrounds from famous concert halls, conservatories, or other locations important to your field and see if others can guess where the photos are from. Take a virtual field trip. Many museums around the world now offer virtual exhibitions which you and your students can explore by using screen share. (Here are some virtual museums and exhibits for clarinetists.) Invite a guest lecturer. It’s easier than ever to host guest artists using Zoom! Invite performers or educators to be a guest speaker or performer during a studio class so your students can learn new musical ideas and perspectives. Organize studio warm-up sessions. Much like breakfast is the most important meal of the day, warm-ups are the most important part of your practice routine. Use studio class to review the components of a proper warm-up routine, demonstrate effective exercises, and suggest resources for students to continue developing their own warm-ups. I hope these ideas help you to educate and engage your students during the school year! The post 9 Educational and Engaging Ideas for Zoom Studio Classes appeared first on Jenny Maclay.
9 Benefits of Online Music Education
by jennyclarinet on 22 August 2020 at 21:49
Let me go ahead and get this out of the way. There is no substitution for in-person music education. These past several months have had their share of trials and tribulations. However, I have also seen a large number of unexpected benefits and positive effects among music students due to online music education. For example: Students are learning more about audio and video technology. This is an important skill for students to develop in order for them to make recordings to use for auditions, festivals, and other events. Students are gaining virtual performance experience. Many students have organized livestreamed recitals, lectures, and events using social media and other platforms. This provides them with valuable performance experience and teaches them how to interact with audiences. Additionally, many of these virtual performances have a higher number of viewers than they would attract in a traditional concert setting. Students are making more recordings. Recordings are the greatest teachers, as they allow students to hear what they truly sound like instead of what they think they sound like. Having to record record for lessons, studio, or other classes also helps students to compile recordings which they might be able to use for future opportunities. Students are becoming savvy at digital networking. I’m truly inspired by the number of websites, YouTube channels, blogs, and social media accounts music students have created to promote their art and connect with others. This allows them to create a virtual portfolio and network with other musicians from around the world. Students are getting to meet musicians from around the world. Before this year, the idea of inviting an international guest artist for a studio class was often logistically unfeasible. Now, students can “meet” internationally renowned musicians via Zoom or other platforms. Students are broadening their career options. As technology continues to play a larger role in music education, many music students are expanding their job search. Students are combining their interests and creating new jobs for themselves in the music field, and the options are infinite. Students are expanding their musical horizons. With so many free Zoom webinars, online courses, and other opportunities for professional development, students can learn about a variety of new subjects from the comfort of their home. Students are saving money through free and reduced price concerts, programs, courses, and other opportunities. Many organizations have offered free virtual conferences, free access to premium content, free product trials, free livestreamed concerts, and several other ways for students to experience things they might not have otherwise. Students are learning the value of determination and perseverance. This has been a tough year for everyone, and the music students who work hard, stay motivated, and persevere throughout this ordeal will find success. The post 9 Benefits of Online Music Education appeared first on Jenny Maclay.
Ways to maximize your online music education this semester
by jennyclarinet on 22 August 2020 at 21:13
Music education certainly looks different this year as students and educators prepare for the start of a new semester. While each program has different rules and guidelines governing music education during this time, there are a few ways you can maximize your online experience as a music student or educator: Organize your work area. Before the semester starts, take a few hours to declutter and clean your work space. Tidy up loose papers at your desk, corral your cables and wires, find a comfortable chair, make sure you have good lighting, hang up photos or artwork, and gather all the supplies you’ll need so everything is in one place. Consider changing your practice space. If your work space and practice area are in two separate places, you might spend a lot of time going back and forth for music, equipment, and other supplies you need during online lessons. Consider consolidating your work space and practice area so everything you need is in the same space. Prioritize regular breaks. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has gotten so involved in a project that several hours had passed without a single break! Set a timer for every hour so you can stand up, stretch, and look at something besides a screen for a few minutes. Schedule time to catch up with friends. One of the worst parts about online learning is not being able to hang out with your friends IRL after class. Keep in touch with your friends and make it a priority to schedule regular virtual hang-outs. Stick to a regular schedule. If you don’t create boundaries between school, assignments, and everything else, it can be very easy to live in front of a screen. Create firm boundaries, such as not checking your email after a certain time or hopping on social media as soon as you wake up. Disconnect from social media. Avoid the siren call of social media during the school day so you’re more productive during working hours. If you’re tempted to scroll through social media every time you use your phone, delete or disable the apps. Turn the negatives into positives. I get it – online music education is definitely not the same as it is IRL. Instead of belaboring all the reasons why online learning is inferior, try to see this as an opportunity to explore skills which will help your music career. Treat yourself with small luxuries throughout the day. When you’re feeling unmotivated, try to sprinkle in some small luxuries to brighten your day. I love listening to podcasts while I get ready, and there’s something comforting about working while drinking a cup of Earl Grey tea. These might not seem like much, but sometimes it’s the little things which add up to create big payoffs. Good luck to all of the music students and educators out there! What have you done to maximize your online learning experience? The post Ways to maximize your online music education this semester appeared first on Jenny Maclay.
Tribute to James “Jim” Pyne
by Jenny Maclay on 22 September 2020 at 17:50
The International Clarinet Association is saddened to hear of the passing of James “Jim” Pyne, Emeritus Professor of Clarinet at The Ohio State University andRead More → The post Tribute to James “Jim” Pyne appeared first on International Clarinet Association.
ClarinetFest 2021 Reno rollover process now complete!
by Jenny Maclay on 18 September 2020 at 18:19
From the ClarinetFest 2021 Artistic Leadership Team: Our Reno rollover process is now complete! The membership of the International Clarinet Association is well representedRead More → The post ClarinetFest 2021 Reno rollover process now complete! appeared first on International Clarinet Association.
In Discussion: The Clarinetists of Chineke!
by Jessica Harrie on 27 August 2020 at 20:25
Originally published in The Clarinet 47/4 (September 2020). Printed copies of The Clarinet are available for ICA members. In Discussion: The Clarinetists of Chineke! by Berginald Rash Mariam AdamRead More → The post In Discussion: The Clarinetists of Chineke! appeared first on International Clarinet Association.
ClarinetFest® 2021: Flowers Without Borders
by Jessica Harrie on 27 August 2020 at 20:25
Originally published in The Clarinet 47/4 (September 2020). Printed copies of The Clarinet are available for ICA members. “ ClarinetFest® 2021: Flowers without Borders In Texas, the bluebonnet is celebratedRead More → The post ClarinetFest® 2021: Flowers Without Borders appeared first on International Clarinet Association.
International Spotlight: The Clarinet in Africa and the International Clarinet Extravaganza
by Jessica Harrie on 27 August 2020 at 20:24
Originally published in The Clarinet 47/4 (September 2020). Printed copies of The Clarinet are available for ICA members. “International Spotlight” showcases perspectives from the global clarinet community. International Spotlight:Read More → The post International Spotlight: The Clarinet in Africa and the International Clarinet Extravaganza appeared first on International Clarinet Association.