Whether you are five, 23, or 82, music lessons are for you! I construct lessons according to each student's goals and musical preferences. If you are interested in studying the instruments or subjects below, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or my contact page!
- Clarinet/Bass Clarinet - Piano - Music Theory - Klezmer Music - Contra Dance Music - Classical Music - Ear Training
I have had the pleasure of studying clarinet with Clara Byom for the last 4 years, as an adult student with some prior experience. Clara has great teaching skills, ample patience, and deep musical knowledge, experience, and ability. Working with her has steadily improved my technical skill, and also radically enhanced my ability to interpret and appreciate music of all kinds.
I have a tendency to be tense, in playing music and in the rest of my life. Clara has worked tirelessly with me to bring relaxation to my playing, and I am thrilled to see this newfound ease moving in to other areas of my life as well. Her attunement to her students' situations and needs is impressive.
Clara has many other excellent qualities as a teacher and a person, but by far my favorite of her skills is an uncanny ability to provide vivid visual, auditory and tactile imagery that can suddenly open new conceptual doors or crystallize understanding of previously vague concepts. On multiple occasions these conversations have led to sudden and dramatic improvements in my ability to play my instrument or express musical ideas. These gems stay with me, and I treasure them.
I enthusiastically recommend Clara as a teacher for students of any age and experience. -Dave Ellis
In my opinion, Clara Byom is a phenomenal musicologist as well as a wonderful music teacher! During the time I have seen her for clarinet lessons, Clara has been incredibly helpful in many ways. In the beginning of the lessons we talked about what I wanted to learn and re-learn. I wanted to learn Klezmer Music and re-learn scales and majors and minors. She helped me join the Community Klezmer Band led by Beth Cohen and Clara helped me learn a lot of Klezmer music and she helped me understand Freygish and Misheberakh. Clara’s suggestions have been very helpful and positive and she also has increased my confidence. Her sense of humor also makes for great lessons. Within less than a year, I’ve learned so much from Clara, but I still plan to continue because there still are lots of things I want to learn. I can’t think of anyone better than Clara to teach me many more things she knows about clarinet music. - Marylou Mendenhall