If you are a prospective student or parent, I accept new students after an Introductory Lesson. You can contact me by phone or email to schedule this lesson.
An Introductory Lesson is a one-time lesson that allows me to meet you, assess the student's abilities and provide you with additional information about my studio. At the same time you and your child are able to see my teaching style and ask any questions. I encourage parents to observe this lesson.
In Their Own Words...
References for the Clarinet Studio
Just as I am looking for specific qualities in students and parents, you should decide if my approach and teaching style is a good match for you and your child. Click here to read quotes from parents, students, teachers and musicians.
Please visit the Student Recital page to hear recordings from the August 2008 Recital, or view the archived recitals.
Studio Policy Highlights
The most important role of the Parent is to schedule daily practice for your child, free from interruptions (internet, TV, etc.). The following is a brief summary of your responsibilities. Click here to view the complete Studio Policy.
Students are required to practice a minimum of 5 days per week and 45 – 60 minutes per day, depending on the student's level.
Communicate any questions or concerns you might have about your child’s assignment and progress. I am available by phone or email throughout the week.
- Please arrive 5 minutes before the lesson time - for the student to unpack and warm-up.
Beyond the Clarinet Studio
and School Band
Parents and students have many opportunities to participate and enjoy music in addition to clarinet lessons and the school band. I highly encourage you to explore these areas.
Youth Orchestras: Talented students participate in local youth orchestra organizations. These ensembles provide challenges and growth for advanced players.
Honor Bands and Solo Competitions: All-State Honor Bands perform annually; solo competitions occur throughout the school year. Ask your teacher about these unique opportunities.
Certificate of Merit (CM): Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) offers an annual CM evaluation. Students perform solo repertoire, technique elements and sight-reading; complete a theory exam, including an ear-training component; and receive a written assessment by an experienced evaluator. Ginger's students are eligible to participate in CM.
Ginger’s Performances: I am both a Performer and Teacher. Click on the link to view my upcoming concerts.
Live Clarinet & Classical Concerts: The Bay Area is a mecca for classical music. Attending live classical concerts is important for students' musical growth. Click on the link for recommendations and other listings.
Clarinet CDs, Sheet Music and Websites: Please visit the Resources page.