A woodwind instrument with a beautiful sound and pure even tone, the clarinet has one of the largest ranges of pitch of all musical instruments. Whether you’re learning for school band or on your own, Vivaldi Music Academy provides individually tailored clarinet lessons for students of all ages and levels. Beginning students start with the fundamentals of clarinet lessons, including clarinet assembly, proper reed position, embouchure (use of facial muscles and the shaping of the lips to the mouthpiece of woodwind instruments), efficient breathing and air stream. Advanced students continue to progress in their clarinet lessons with gradually challenging exercises, developing even tone, correct hand and finger positioning, while learning more significant clarinet repertoire. Clarinet lessons include theory, ear training, sight-reading, technique, and history. Both our West University and Bellaire locations provide comprehensive clarinet lessons and music education.
About the Clarinet
The clarinet belongs to the woodwind family of instruments. It has a single-reed mouthpiece, a straight cylindrical tube and a flared bell. The clarinet has its roots in the early single-reed instruments or hornpipes used in Ancient Greece, Egypt and Europe since the Middle Ages.
The modern clarinet was developed from a Baroque instrument called the chalumeau. Similar to a recorder it had a single-reed mouthpiece and a cylindrical bore. Around the turn of the 18th century, the chalumeau was modified by converting one of its keys into a register key to produce the first clarinet and is attributed to German instrument maker Johann Christoph Denner. The classical clarinet of Mozart’s day typically had eight finger holes and five keys. Mozart considered the tone of the clarinet as closest in quality to the human voice. By the time of Beethoven (c. 1800–1820), the clarinet was a standard fixture in the orchestra. The clarinet is the central instrument for many genres including jazz.
The best comprehensive clarinet lessons in Houston
Vivaldi Music Academy offers music lessons in a variety of instruments. Our piano lessons, violin lessons, guitar lessons, viola lessons, cello lessons, voice/singing lessons, flute lessons, and drum lessons provide a comprehensive and robust music education. Group voice lessons/choir, ensemble/chamber lessons for experienced students, and early childhood music development classes round out the selection of experiences offered. Learn more about our music programs.
The most highly qualified clarinet faculty in Houston
From decorated recitalists to award winning composers, our faculty is dedicated to tailoring music lessons to your interests by learning about your personal musical goals and helping you achieve them. Our faculty has instrument specific degrees from renowned universities such as Yale University, Rice University and Boston Conservatory. Learn more about our amazing faculty.
Musician Owned and Operated
With over 200 years of family history in music, critically acclaimed violinist Zeljko Pavlovic brings his belief in the value of music education to the forefront of the Academy’s mission. As Founder and CEO, Mr. Pavlovic has assembled a team of professional musicians who share his passion and enthusiasm for quality music education. Learn more about our founder here.
State of the art modern facilities
With location in Houston and Sugar Land, our schools are convenient to all areas of Houston. Our state of the art facilities includes a comfortable and professional parent’s lounge with free Wi-Fi, coffee/water, and magazines.
Spacious studio rooms are equipped with top-of-the-line upright and baby grand pianos. All rooms are enhanced with updated technology such as iPads with music teaching apps and software, for engaging modern and classical music lessons. Learn more about our locations here.
Fantastic clarinet performance opportunities and workshops
Students interact with peers by participating in performances, ensemble lessons, and master classes with faculty and other visiting artists. Recitals, included in the tuition, display and elaborate each student’s achievements in their instrument of choice including piano, guitar, violin, viola, voice/singing, flute, cello, drums and more. Our students have unique performance opportunities such as our Carnegie Hall Debut in 2015 and 2018, Vivaldi’s Church (Santa Maria Della Pieta) in Venice, Italy in 2016, John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in 2017, concert performance with the Piano Guys at the Revention Music Center and in 2019 in London at the Royal Academy of Music.
Top of the line upright and baby grand pianos
Vivaldi Music Academy is proud to offer our students the best instruments for modern and classical music lessons. For more than a century and a half, the world’s most accomplished pianists have preferred to express their musical genius on pianos such as Knabe and Steinway pianos. The list includes the giants in classical, jazz, and popular music.
Vivaldi Voices – Group Voice Lessons
Prepare your young vocalist to light up the stage with Vivaldi Voices! This group singing class is a unique and unparalleled experience for children ages 6-10. Exploring a variety of genres, students will learn about basic melodic intervals, matching pitch, and learning dynamics. Students will engage the whole body to create a beautiful sound with an entertaining presentation for voice lessons in a group setting.
Vivaldi Seasons — Early Childhood Music Classes
The unique Vivaldi Seasons curriculum developed by our very own faculty emphasizes a variety of genres including world, contemporary, jazz and classical music. Live instrument demonstrations are integrated into classes along with lesson plans that align with performances of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Ballet and Houston Metropolitan Opera, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and other local ensembles. Our wonderful baby music classes, toddler music classes, and pre-school music classes are truly a well rounded approach to understanding musical comparatives and enhance development of the whole child. There is a lot of movement in our children’s music classes and the lessons actively flow through the seasons of the year and holidays of all cultures!
Open 7 days a week for today’s busy families
Vivaldi Music Academy offers music instruction with piano lessons, guitar lessons, violin lessons, viola lessons, voice/singing lessons, flute lessons, cello lessons, drum lessons and more seven days a week to accommodate your busy schedule. Music lessons are billed monthly with no semester commitment.
- Monday – Friday 9am – 8pm
- Saturday and Sunday 9am – 5pm