Studio

Private instruction:

With a passion for instilling the foundations of beautiful sound production and musicianship, Michael accepts private students in the Greater Toronto Area of all ages and skill levels. He enjoys instructing the beginner just starting their musical journey equally with the more advanced player who is seeking to refine repertoire or to grow as a musician and all levels in between.

 

Master classes:

Michael Westwood is happy to present classes for more advanced clarinetists periodically and welcomes invitations to do so.

 

Workshops:

Equally comfortable coaching school clarinet sections or mixed chamber ensembles of all levels of experience, Michael periodically accepts invitations to do so.

Please call or text: 289-987-4877
Email to: michael@michaelwestwoodmusic.com

Michael Westwood Clarinet Lessons Toronto

Private instruction:

With a passion for instilling the foundations of beautiful sound production and musicianship, Michael accepts private students in the Greater Toronto Area of all ages and skill levels. He enjoys instructing the beginner just starting their musical journey equally with the more advanced player who is seeking to refine repertoire or to grow as a musician and all levels in between.

 

Master classes:

Michael Westwood is happy to present classes for more advanced clarinetists periodically and welcomes invitations to do so.

 

Workshops:

Equally comfortable coaching school clarinet sections or mixed chamber ensembles of all levels of experience, Michael periodically accepts invitations to do so.

Please call or text: 289-987-4877
Email to: michael@michaelwestwoodmusic.com

Teacher

Michael Westwood’s lineage of education can be traced back to some of the greatest names in classical clarinet. His eight years in the studio of Avrahm Galper instilled in him a sound and style which can be traced from Galper to its origins with Simeon Bellison of the New York Philharmonic and Frederic Thurston of the London Philharmonic. Michael instills in his students an ear for and ability to produce a rich, full, and beautifully supported clarinet sound at first in the chalumeau register and then throughout the entire range of the instrument. Through attention to detail and demonstration, Michael engages and inspires his students to achieve a higher level of ability than they previously thought they could.

Clarinet

Although the clarinet is not the oldest member of the woodwind family – by comparison with the flute, which originated thousands of years ago, it is a relative infant – it has an interesting and venerable history stretching back about 300 years. Being a student of the clarinet is exciting as you develop your ability to produce a beautiful and rich low register tone and silky and balanced sound throughout the register, to achieving a smooth transition over “the break”, to a sweet ringing tone in the clarion register and beyond.

As clarinetists, we are fortunate to have a relatively large amount of repertoire available to us and as your skill improves, more and more of it becomes available to play, which is very exciting. In school, perhaps you play – or aspire to play – in a band, but since the clarinet’s early days in the mid 1700’s, many composers have loved the instrument and as a result, since Mozart’s day, much great orchestral repertoire, solo repertoire with orchestra and with piano, and chamber music (small to medium sized ensembles) has been written for it. Great composer such as Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Weber, Copland, Debussy, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, and many more have written much great music for the clarinet.

I look forward to meeting you soon!

Sincerely,
Michael Westwood

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