I maintain a studio of 20 students or less based in Woodbridge, Virginia, on location in McLean and Vienna, Virginia, and internationally via Skype. Students of all ages and abilities are welcome, and my students consistently play first chair in band, attend All-County, District, and All-State Band, and rank superior at Solo and Ensemble Festival. Sweedy Studio of Music members have also majored in music education or clarinet performance in college. While only a few of my students pursue careers in music, nearly all maintain their love of music and clarinet playing throughout their lives. Using techniques from Dalcroze-Eurhythmics, Suzuki, Art of Mentoring and years of training from my own private teachers, I strive to inspire in my students a great love of music, to teach them the necessary skills so that they can express themselves fluently through music, and for them to feel and be successful. I feel very strongly about "success" and how that relates to each individual student. Success to one may be winning an all-state audition, and to another it may be playing the G major scale without a Bb. Each is just as valuable. Starting simply and building upon knowledge from previous lessons, the student grows in an encouraging, organic environment. Lesson curriculum covers clarinet technique, expressive, musical playing, sight-reading, music theory, rhythmic training, music history, and efficient practice techniques. Individual lessons are enhanced throughout the year with group classes, competitions, master classes, and recitals. Contact [email protected] for more information.
Here are some of the many accomplishments of my students:
All State Band (Two 1st Chair Bass Clarinetists, one of whom held the position two years in a row)