Throughout my professional career, I have developed a well-rounded curriculum for the aspiring clarinetist that is based on a combination of current best practices and my own experience as a musician. By focusing on the needs of each student with regard to tone production, embouchure, breathing, posture, tonguing, rhythm, sight reading, and performance anxiety, I have been able to help them dramatically improve their technique.
I have found that students usually fall into three categories: students that learn best through critical listening and observation of modeled technique, students that learn best through verbal explanation and discussion of concepts and technique, and students that learn through a combination of modeled technique and verbal explanations. My teaching method meets each student at their current level and responds to their diverse learning styles and professional goals. Students are motivated through a combined acquisition of knowledge and achievement. Level appropriate assignments and expectations are given to students setting them up for success.
I teach phrasing and musical expression through my combined knowledge of music theory, and music history. The concept of sound and the development of musical style is not only taught through effective modeling during lessons, but through frequent concert attendance and listening to professional recordings. Further, students are encouraged to perform contemporary and traditional music celebrating a wide variety of genres, diverse cultural backgrounds, and music composed by women and minorities.
Like any other aspect of musical development, the growing musician must practice performing. My students benefit from my instruction, as well as interaction with their peers, as they are given the opportunity to perform in masterclasses and studio recitals.
My students often refer to me as part clarinet teacher and part life coach as our discussions often relate what we are doing in lessons to what lies ahead in life.This personal approach requires that I have a deep understanding for each students’ individual goals and aspirations as a musician.With that in mind, my students are very familiar with the concept of setting long-term and short-term goals.As a result, they end each semester, year, and graduate feeling accomplished and able to realize their goals and aspirations as a professional clarinetist.
Dr. Cohen is currently accepting new students of all ages and ability in the New York City and Long Island Areas. Please contact her to set up your lesson.