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In Their Own Words...
References for the Clarinet Studio

"Thank you so much for sharing the joy of clarinet with me for the past three years. I have truly becoming a better player and have overcome the obstacle of performing in front of others. I used to be so nervous, but your teaching and encouragement gave me the confidence to perform in front of others."

– Sarah, Cupertino High School student


"This gives me the opportunity to thank you properly for all you have done for my son. This last year was hard on him in some ways and I think his music was a safe harbor. I’ve always believed that music was a friend to cultivate – a place to go for solace or expression. And I think my son found that under your tutelage – it’s a wonderful gift that he’ll have for life and we are greatly indebted to you for supporting him even when he was a little “off key” both on the clarinet and in life. You have a wonderful gift for inspiring students and we are so lucky to have found you."

– Kathleen, Palo Alto High School Parent


"Ginger is really good at asking the right questions. She prompts me to understand the music for myself rather than simply telling me what to do. I appreciate her ability to balance constructive criticism with postive reinforcement. Her exercises and techniques often times push me outside of my comfort zone. However, after begrudgingly trying them, I recognize improvement in my playing. Ginger's creativity and enthusiasm in presenting ideas proves infectious and motivates me to work even harder"

– Alison, Santa Clara University Student


"I would like to thank you for teaching me not only the techniques to play the clarinet well, but also to be more musical. Thanks a lot for your help, I really enjoyed the lessons!"

– Kevin, Monterey high school student


"Barnetson's lovely sound is as beguiling as her stylish musicianship is impressive."

– Lyn Bronson, Peninsula Reviews
Monterey Symphony solo performance
March 18, 2006

"I have never in my life heard a clarinet played so beautifully, with such elegant shaping of phrases and such refined musical control of dynamics. It was performance to bring tears to your eyes and a lump to your throat! Wow!"

– Lyn Bronson, Peninsula Reviews
Carmel Bach Festival solo performance
July 22, 2008


"I'd like to drop you a quick note to let you know how much my eleven-year old, the budding clarinet player, enjoyed your performance Saturday evening. The Philharmonic performance was his first exposure to a live, 'adult' symphonic experience.

I touted the beginning notes of "Rhapsody in Blue" as one of the better ways to showcase non-classical clarinet to him, and I'm very happy to say you froze him in his seat!

Thank you for being the keynote of the evening for him (and me); we've also downloaded your educational materials from your site, and he has been using them since. I don't know where this is going with him, but you have definitely been part of a forward movement in his enthusiasm for your instrument."

Dan, Fresno Philharmonic Concert-goer


"Led by first clarinet Ginger Kroft Barnetson, whose sterling performance glistened through an unusually prominent and lengthy assignment, the playing of the wind section was immaculate, perfectly projected and totally impressive.."

– Monterey Herald review
Monterey Symphony Orchestra
March 19, 2007