I Get by with a LOT of Help from My Friends: Steps Towards Effective Clarinet Pedagogy Andrew J. Allen, DMA This author’s path towards teaching clarinet at the university level was an odd and winding one. From the age of ten, I was trained as a saxophonist, and all of my academic degrees support that. The clarinet was an instrument that I loved, but one that usually came out of the case for doubling in the big band and musical orchestra pit. All of that changed, however, when I received my first job: Teaching all woodwinds at a small college in North Dakota. Suddenly, thisRead More →

This Pondering Pedagogy post accompanies my first article as Pedagogy Chair in the December 2016 issue of “The Clarinet” entitled “Collaborative Teaching and Learning in the Studio.” Here you will find the grading rubric I designed for my clarinet studio at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the Facebook video comments. Please feel free to use them or adapt them to fit your program. If you have any questions about my article or this grading rubric, please feel free to contact me at dbarger1@unl.edu.Read More →

PONDERING PEDAGOGY by Diane Barger, Pedagogy Chair Dr. Wesley Ferreira, clarinet professor at Colorado State University, has developed a wonderful training program called the Air Revelation. For students and professionals alike, this program is a four-week training plan that offers specific exercises to help musicians develop a keen awareness of the breathing mechanism and learn the proper techniques of breath support, breath control, and optimum breathing. Students use this tool independently to enhance that which they are learning in their private lessons; teachers gain an additional way to explain proper use of air, which in turn helps their students to achieve optimal tone production and control.Read More →

PONDERING PEDAGOGY by Diane Barger, ICA Pedagogy Chair I’m sharing a post from our International Clarinet Association Facebook group page for my first entry on our new “Pondering Pedagogy” link. As many of us are about to embark on a new school year, I’d like to start a discussion from one of our ICA members, Liz Aleksander, who recently responded to my inquiry about topics to explore on this new section of the ICA website. Liz wrote: Having started at a school where I was lucky to have mostly young students, I’d welcome discussion on how to get students to “buy in” to high standards –Read More →