"I meet every student where they are and work on positive growth based on their goals and interests. I focus on strong fundamentals and technique as a way to unlock creative and expressive potential, and to allow students the ability to explore their own artistic ambitions."

Teaching

I teach clarinet, bass clarinet, and composition to students of all ages and ability levels from beginner to advanced. I currently have a studio ranging from elementary school through undergraduate. As an active performer and educator, I incorporate cutting-edge technology, a wide array of musical styles, and easy to understand fundamental technique into my instruction. I teach both in person and online, using high-tech audio and video equipment to bring an experienced and rewarding lesson experience.
As the clarinetist and Artistic Director of Unheard-of//Ensemble, I have taught clarinetists in master classes and guest workshops around the United States. This current season, I presented master classes at the University of New Mexico, University of Arizona (coaching the graduate wind quintet), University of Tennessee, Columbus State University, and other universities. As Executive Director of the Collaborative Composition Initiative Workshop at Stony Brook University, I oversee all aspects of the festival as well as serving on ensemble faculty with Unheard-of.
 
While completing my doctorate at Stony Brook University, I served as interim-Director of the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players in fall 2019 and Assistant Director from fall 2018 to spring 2020. I also maintained an undergraduate clarinet studio as a Teaching Assistant. While at Manhattan School of Music, I had taught through the Distance Learning program (online instruction) as well as substitute teaching in theory and ear training classes at MSM precollege.
I currently use a professional microphone setup as well as a GoPro Hero8 Black for lessons to allow for clear audio and video in my instruction. This allows the student to both clearly hear and see exactly what I want to demonstrate. 

Contact me at fordclarinet@gmail.com to set up your first lesson

I love working with students on non traditional repertoire and recently arranged this piece from the Legend of Zelda for clarinet trio. I encourage my students to develop active listening in music of all genres in addition to classical music. 

Ford Fourqurean | Freelance clarinetist and teacher, © 2020