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Over and At.... A Detailed Approach to Beginning Flute and Clarinet Pedagogy

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  • Have you ever noticed the flute is the only woodwind instrument you play over, and the clarinet is the only woodwind instrument you play at? We will explore the uniqueness of the flute and clarinet with emphasis on posture, embouchure formation, hand position, initial sound production, articulation, and flexibility/register exercises. We will demonstrate the deficiencies that are often overlooked with beginners, which could lead to performance problems as performing ensemble participants.
  • John Benzer, Sharon Kalisek
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  • John Benzer is on the music education faculty at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where he teaches undergraduate instrument pedagogy classes, band director methods classes and assists with the Wind Ensembles. Mr. Benzer earned his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from UNT and his master's degree in applied music from UH. Mr. Benzer is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout Texas and nationally, and co-author of Essential Musicianship-Ensemble Concepts. Sharon Kalisek, has been a successful middle school band director for the past twenty-five years and is currently teaching at Krimmel Intermediate in Klein ISD. In 2009, The Krimmel Symphonic Band had the honor of performing at The Midwest Clinic. Mrs. Kalisek earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the UofH in 1987. She is an active clinician and adjudicator in Texas and New Mexico
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