Woodwind Lessons in Washington, DC
Our Approach to Woodwind Lessons
At Middle C Music, individuality is celebrated. The unique experiences and goals of each of our students drives customized programming that offers a comprehensive and well-rounded education. Combined with enthusiasm and encouragement, our distinct approach to music education allows students to achieve the highest levels of musical expression.
Woodwinds are equally distinct and beautiful instruments. Learning to play the flute, clarinet or saxophone is no easy feat, but many students find that, with the help of an experienced clarinet teacher, they can progress quickly. Clarinets and saxophones are complex instruments and the instructors at Middle C Music are well-versed in technique, execution, and the various intricacies of each instrument. They are excited to pass on their experience and knowledge to musicians who want to master a new instrument.
Our woodwind teachers come from different backgrounds, including professional performers, credentialed instructors, and graduates of some of the most prestigious programs around the country. With their experience and dedication, any student can master instruments like the clarinet or saxophone.
Our Approach to Woodwind LessonsGET STARTED
01 Woodwind Lessons Should Be Fun!
Woodwind instruments produce rich, expressive, and emotionally impactful music in both solo and group settings. At Middle C Music, we teach a variety of woodwind instruments – including clarinet, and saxophone – each of which plays a critical role in bringing to life the music we know and love.
Regardless of your specific instrument, one thing is consistent across all of our woodwind offerings: fun! Simply put, we want all of our students to LOVE their music lessons. Middle C Music’s experienced staff blends a high standard of music education with a creative, student-focused approach that gives students space to discover and nurture their passion for music – while having fun along the way.
02 We Emphasize Healthy Technique
We believe strong fundamentals are key to providing a strong foundation for a musician’s growth. At Middle C Music, you’ll learn the key elements of strong woodwind technique including breath support, voicing, embouchure, articulation, finger technique, and posture.
Understanding these necessities will help you maintain control of the tone and quality of your music.
Our lessons offer an enriching, well-rounded music education that pairs fundamentals with a strong foundation in music literacy. From sight reading and ear training to music theory and history, our instructors bring a wealth of knowledge and extensive teaching résumés to foster an optimal student experience at Middle C Music.
03 We Care About Your Musical Interests
Every student is unique and their instruction should be, too. The talented team at Middle C Music is committed to helping each student pursue their musical interest at a pace that works for them. We’re passionate about all things music and all things success!
Do you dream of becoming the next great jazz soloist? Earning a spot in your high school band? Turning a simple intrigue into a hobby? As our teachers get to know your goals, we tailor our lessons accordingly. Both beginner and advanced students will be challenged and inspired on their musical journey at Middle C Music.
Our Woodwind Teachers:
Our saxophone and clarinet instructors are proficient on both instruments so a student can start with clarinet lessons if they wish and switch to saxophone lessons without having to change instructors. Instructors actively perform in bands and ensembles and also as soloists.
Woodwinds & Piano
Available Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thurdays Jack is a native of Richmond, Virginia. At age 11, Jack picked up the saxophone for his middle school band and has not put it down
Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
Teaching on Saturdays only. Passionate about music from a young age, Jason began his studies at the age of eight on the acoustic guitar. Quickly developing an interest in woodwind instruments, Jason
How it works
Tell us about your musical goals.
Match with one of our expert instructors.
Play music! Parents get progress reports.
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What is the minimum age to start woodwind lessons at Middle C Music?
Learning the flute, clarinet or saxophone requires that you not only be able to physically handle the instrument, but also have the lung capacity to produce the right sound and tone. We recommend starting woodwind lessons no earlier than age eight. At this point, students tend to have the necessary physical attributes that allow them to be successful when learning to play the clarinet or saxophone.
In addition to physical development, reading and comprehension skills must also be developing in order for a student to achieve proficiency.
Do I need any prior experience?
There’s no need to be intimidated by trying something new – especially at Middle C Music. We welcome all musicians, from beginners to advanced professionals and everyone in between. You won’t find a more comfortable or supportive environment to learn a challenging instrument in than our music school in Washington DC.
What styles of woodwind can I learn?
Our teachers have unique backgrounds that they bring to their lessons with students. This means that there is someone with expertise in any area or style of music you may want to explore. From classical music to trendy jazz, there’s something for everyone at Middle C Music.
What books will I need?
Our lesson plans are completely customized to the wants and needs of our students. This means that your teacher will get to know you and your goals before providing you with the most relevant list of resources that will support you on your journey to become a master musician.
Why come to Middle C Music for clarinet or saxophone lessons?
Middle C Music has some of the most prestigious instructors in the industry providing music lessons for students of all ages and experience levels. You won’t find a higher-quality program for learning a new instrument than our school.
Additionally, we operate on a student-oriented approach, encouraging our students to take the lead, exploring different styles and approaches under the watchful eye of our experienced teachers. The creative freedom you’ll experience through our woodwind lessons will be bar none.
Ready to begin playing a woodwind instrument?
Expressing yourself through music is one of the most joyful and fulfilling experiences. You, too, can take advantage of this with the help of our enthusiastic and passionate teachers.
Come meet our instructors and experience our creative environment for learning. Contact us today to schedule your first clarinet or saxophone lesson.