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College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Lamont School of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology


Pedagogy, Woodwinds, Performance, Music, Clarinet


Woodwind instrumental pedagogy is a complex and broad field of study, and its traditions and misconceptions of teaching and playing are deeply ingrained in our modern methods of instrumental pedagogy. These lingering misunderstandings within our teaching traditions turn people away from the practice of instrumental music-making and hold others back from reaching their true potential. Comparing the observed physical realities of performing musicians with the physical effect produced by some of the most popular tools in clarinet pedagogy has revealed that the syllabic guide to pedagogy is not always using the most optimal syllables to guide students in the right direction. The misconceptions discovered include: not simply “raising the tongue” to voice higher notes, and “ti-ki” is not the most optimal syllable to explain the mechanics of double tonguing.

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