Catina Franklin Sweedy

Clarinet Lessons in Northern Virginia

Welcome to the Sweedy Studio of Music!


I maintain a studio of 25 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.

Catina Franklin Sweedy Bio:

In demand as an educator, lecturer, and adjudicator in the Washington DC area Catina Franklin Sweedy  is the founder and director of the George Mason University Summer Clarinet Academy and The Clarinet Project on YouTube featuring interviews with influential musicians, clarinet choir covers, and educational tutorials.

 After spending over a decade performing as an orchestral, chamber and solo clarinetist, Catina Franklin Sweedy turned her dedication and creativity to teaching in 2004. Through a grant from the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, Mrs. Sweedy completed level one of Art of Mentoring, a teaching method focusing on inspiring and nurturing youth through Socratic questioning, games, and story-telling. Art of Mentoring techniques empower the teacher to creatively work with each student individually to reach his or her goals, ideally without the student even knowing. 

Mrs. Sweedy is a former member of the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, and Florida Sunrise Pops Orchestras (2nd, Eb, and Bass clarinets), the Prince William Symphony in Virginia (Principal clarinet), and the Patagonia Winds Woodwind Quintet. She has also performed with the Florida Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, the Key West Symphony, the American Festival Pops Orchestra (VA) and the Alexandria (VA) Symphony.  Through her attendance at the Casals, Altenberger, Spoleto, Pacific, and Bowdoin music festivals, Mrs. Sweedy has performed throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and Japan.  She is a past winner of the YWCA Music Club in New York and Matinee Musical Club in Philadelphia solo competitions.

She holds her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the Harid Conservatory of Music (now the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University) and her Master of Music Performance degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Mrs. Sweedy will always be grateful to her teachers Raoul Querze, Paul Green, Yehuda Gilad, and David Krakauer for their exemplary training and guidance.

For mini-lessons, clarinet choir covers, interviews with famous clarinetists, and more, check out the Sweedy Studio of Music YouTube Channel .

Contact [email protected] for more information. 

Below are some of the many accomplishments of my students:

All State Band

District Band (Districts 9, 10, 11, 12)

All County Band and Orchestra 

Solo and Ensemble Festival (Superior Ratings)


American Youth Philharmonic

McLean Youth Orchestra 

Washington Metropolitan Youth Orchestra


George Mason University Honors Band

VCU Festival of Winds and Percussion 

Summer Music Festivals

Aria International Summer Academy

 Sewanne Summer Music Festival

College and Performing Arts High Schools

New World School of the Arts

Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

Peabody Conservatory of Music

James Madison University School of Music

George Mason University School of Music