"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 maintain an active studio in New York ranging from elementary school through undergraduate students that have successfully auditioned for honor bands, solo and ensemble, and Mannes Prep. 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 teach clarinetists in master classes and guest workshops around the United States. This past 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. I also previously taught group clarinet lessons at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School to middle and high school students. 
 
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 high-quality microphone setup and camera setup for lessons to allow for clear audio and video in my instruction. 

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

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Ford Fourqurean | Freelance clarinetist and teacher, © 2021