Catina Franklin Sweedy

Clarinet Lessons in Northern Virginia

About Catina Sweedy




Little did she know it, but Catina Franklin Sweedy began her education career when she was 17 by teaching she her first private clarinet lesson and spending a summer volunteering at The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, as an education docent. While a clarinet performance major at The Harid Conservatory (now the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University) and Manhattan School of Music, Catina continued teaching privately along with her studies and clarinet freelance work. While a student at Manhattan School of Music, Catina taught group music classes at the JCC School in Northern New Jersey and P.S. 37 in New York and toured New York City with the Riverside Winds, writing and performing in educational concerts for under-served public school students. Upon graduation, Catina worked at Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey as a local wildlife educator and the Society Hill Synagogue in Philadelphia as an assistant preschool teacher. After winning a clarinet position with the Florida Grand Opera, Florida Sunshine Pops, and Miami Ballet orchestras in the early 2000s, Catina continued teaching group music classes, maintained a studio of 45 private students, and briefly volunteered at the Sandoway House Nature Center in Delray Beach, Florida. In 2003, Catina moved to Northern Virginia, where she dedicated her career fully to teaching. She founded the Sweedy Studio of Music, where she currently teaches 25 students. She was the founder and director of the Safari Winds, a woodwind quintet that specialized in children's concerts, and later moved to the Patagonia Winds where she continued to write and perform in children's concerts. In order to learn more about alternative educational methods, Catina attended the Awakening Our Inner Design, Art of Mentoring, and Coyote Guiding workshops, all of which are nature-based educational programs that focus on a student's natural desire to learn, question, and hear and share stories. After a shoulder injury in the summer of 2015, Catina had to reduce the number of her public performances, but began recording in earnest for her YouTube Channel, The Clarinet Project. In 2016 she founded the George Mason Summer Clarinet Academy, a week long camp for high school clarinetists in Northern Virginia. She has been a guest clinician and speaker at George Mason University and the Virginia Homeschoolers Conference.
In addition to running the George Mason University Summer Clarinet Academy, teaching private and group clarinet lessons, and adjudicating competitions, Catina is a volunteer with the Wildlife Rescue League in Northern Virginia and a Minecraft Certified Educator.

To learn more about Catina's current clarinet work, "Like" the clarinet studio Facebook page for upcoming events,  informative articles, video performances, and the occasional marching band joke,    

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