The first lesson is always a trial lesson.
If for any reason you are not happy we will fully refund any pending charges or help you find a new teacher. Your choice!
To help you progress, we'll work in six-week commitments. I'll help you determine what you want to achieve within that time and at the end assess (and celebrate) the achievement. Then, if you want, you can try another six weeks.
- Prepare for a concert
- Prepare for an RCM exam
- Develop a good embouchure (mouth)
- How to avoid squeaking
- Play beautifully in the high register
- Relaxed and FAST fingers
- Ensemble playing
University of Toronto (Bachelor of Music - Performance)
Banff Centre for the Arts
Royal Conservatory of Music
My love of music and creative endeavours has been the inspiration for many ventures. I gained my degree in music at the University of Toronto (also studies at The Banff Centre for the Arts and as a participant in various musical festivals in Nova Scotia, Sweden, Hungary and California), before taking on professional life playing with several orchestras in Canada (including the Vancouver Symphony). More recently, I’ve started playing jazz and Balkan music—both genres requiring strong improvisational skills. I play clarinet and tárogató (Hungarian clarinet).
My interest in music extends to composing, arranging, and conducting. I composed works for various Vancouver groups as well as and several film and animation companies.
After a hiatus of several working as a IT consultant and technical writer, I’ve been returning gradually into music spheres both as a music reviewer for various publications and performing on the exotic Hungarian cousin of the clarinet, the tárogató.
Jason plays the tárogató - https://soundcloud.com/jasonhall-1/rakoczi-nota
While classical music draws its strength from order and discipline, improvisation teaches trusting your instincts and spontaneity. They both require awareness and collaboration.
I like children but find that the clarinet is impractical for people younger than 12. I've made two exceptions in the past from extra keen youngsters who overcame the difficulties of playing the clarinet with small hands. Ask if you think you're that exception...