WOODWIND LESSONS IN PASADENA, CA
INSTRUMENTS WE TEACH
The flute is a family of musical instruments in the woodwind group. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is an aerophone or reedless wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening.
The saxophone is a family of woodwind instruments. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet.
Oboes OH-boh are a family of double reed woodwind instruments. The most common oboe plays in the treble or soprano range. Oboes are usually made of wood, but there are also oboes made of synthetic materials.
The clarinet is a musical-instrument family belonging to the group known as the woodwind instruments. It has a single-reed mouthpiece, a straight cylindrical tube with an almost cylindrical bore, and a flared bell.
AREAS OF STUDY
Music theory is the study of the practices and possibilities of music.
“The term is used in three main ways in music, though all three are interrelated. The first is what is otherwise called ‘rudiments’, currently taught as the elements of notation, of key signatures, of time signatures, of rhythmic notation, and so on. Theory in this sense is treated as the necessary preliminary to the study of harmony, counterpoint, and form. The second is the study of writings about music from ancient times onwards. […] The third is an area of current musicological study that seeks to define processes and general principles in music — a sphere of research that can be distinguished from analysis in that it takes as its starting-point not the individual work or performance but the fundamental materials from which it is built.”
One of the basic aspects of playing the flute is tone production. Tone is produced when the air stream is split by the edge of the tone hole–some of the air goes in the tone hole and some goes out. If you cover the tone hole with both lips and blow all the air into the flute, a note will not be produced. Likewise, if you blow all your air over the top of the tone hole with without any air going into the flute, a note will not be produced. This is unique among wind instruments: in brass instruments all of the air is blown into the mouthpiece and sound is produced from the vibration of the lips against the mouthpiece; in single reed instruments, all of the air is blown into the mouthpiece and sound is produced from the vibration of the reed against the mouthpiece; in double reed instruments, all the air is blown into the reed and sound is produced from the two halves of the reed vibrating against each other.
Technique is one of the more straightforward aspects of playing the any woodwind instrument, and relatively easy to teach. As with every other aspect of playing, it does need to be monitored carefully as students develop. Probably the most important thing to monitor regarding technique is the student’s set up with regards to balancing the instrument and left and right hand positions. This makes all the difference to long term success for building useful woodwind technique for kids. And, of course, that the students are using the correct fingerings.
OUR WOODWIND TEACHER
Ashley Jarmack is an accomplished performer and instructor. She has played in Disney’s All American College band in Disneyland.
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- For New Students
- To Check The Level
30 Mins Lesson
- Suitable For 3 – 10 Years Old
- Level : Beginner
- Basic Woodwind Skills
45 Mins Lesson
- Suitable For 5 Years Old To Adults
- Level : Beginner & Intermediate
- Music Theory & Sight Reading
60 Mins Lesson
- Suitable For 10 Years Old To Adults
- Level : Advanced
- Technique & Tone Production