My goal is that all my students reach their potential as clarinetists and musicians regardless of their major, because playing clarinet well and musically is fun, fulfilling, and foundational for the future you pursue in music. The atmosphere in the clarinet studio at ISU is one of mutual support, friendship and respect. I teach all the clarinet music majors personally.
Private lessons each week with me. This is the focus of the studio activities, of course. In lesson we work on developing proper technique in every aspect of clarinet playing (breath support, relaxation, finger technique, articulation, etc.) and on developing a musical mind and a musical approach to everything you play (for we learn technique to play musically, not the other way around!). We cover a lot of repertoire in lessons, so be prepared to practice!
Masterclass meets weekly. During this time students perform for each other, I give presentations on various topics, guest artists give presentations or master classes, we play in larger clarinet ensembles, and more.
Techniques class for freshmen and sophomores meets weekly. This is an opportunity for intensive work in developing technique through scales, warm-ups, and various etudes and exercises.
Chamber music is highly encouraged at ISU. Each semester we form several woodwind quintets and other ensembles (including clarinet quartets and trios) which are coached weekly by faculty and graduate assistants.
The following suggestions are representative of acceptable repertoire for undergraduate admission auditions. You are NOT limited to what is listed. Students should not hesitate to use music similar in nature and difficulty.
If you are applying to the School of Music be certain to review the Illinois State University audition information.
Note that these are just guidelines to give an idea of the level of repertoire we are looking for. It is okay to play something not listed above. The goal of the audition is to show us how well you can play the clarinet, so be sure to include at least two contrasting and complete movements or etudes. The music needs to show off your technical ability and your musical ability. If you want to ask me about your audition music, feel free to send me an email.