Tutor profile: Mia T.
Subject: Music Theory
What experience do you have with Music Theory?
I earned my Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where all of the students are encouraged to be the most well-rounded students as we can be in order to be a successful musician in the modern world. Because of this, I have taken five semesters of music theory covering the basics of form and harmonic analysis to the aesthetics of various composers due to their cultural/political backgrounds. I have also taken many classes in Music History and Aural Skills.
What do you love about the clarinet?
I love that the clarinet allows me to connect make music and connect to something so much larger and beyond me. My own teachers have reminded me - and I believe it - that I am not a clarinetist, I am a musician. The clarinet is the tool that allows for me to make music. Because of the clarinet, I have felt and experienced things that cannot be described in words, I suppose that is the point. I will say, the clarinet is one of my favorite instruments (along with the cello) because it is one of the instruments that best imitates the human singing voice and is one of the most versatile instruments in the orchestra. Its particular tone and timbre are dark, rich, and sweet and can be so flexible as to express the most cheerfully triumphant tunes to the most somber melodies that bring tears to your eyes. The versatility of the clarinet is endless as it can be used in classical music, jazz, klezmer, and more. Fun fact: My favorite composers for the clarinet are Beethoven (his symphonies) and Brahms (the sonatas, chamber music, and symphonies). :P)
As a musician/clarinetist, why do you want to teach?
Music, especially classical and new music, is my passion. It has changed my life for the better and is what I want to do for the rest of my life so that I may share this with others. It's an art that not only allows me to connect with and experience ideas and cultures all around the world from all time periods, but it also allows me to have my own creative outlet to express myself and connect with others on a personal, emotional level. I wouldn't be where I am or playing at the level that I do without my private clarinet teachers. Whether someone is looking to make a career in music or not, I don't care. My goal is to help each student both as a musician and as a person, to give them their own artistic outlet, to help them understand the skills it takes to become a disciplined and thoughtful worker, and of course to further spark their interest in the world of classical music and the clarinet and open that door for them if it is something they would like to further pursue..
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