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.