Many parents are concerned about the best age to start clarinet lessons for their child. The clarinet has a large number of keys and is fairly long and heavy so our recommended starting age is 7 -8 years. The most important factor to keep in mind is whether or not your child’s hands are large enough to cover all of the keys.
As a wind instrument, it is also important that the child has the developed lung capacity to play effectively. Much like with our other woodwind instruments, we offer 1 – 1 and group lessons and encourage the children to take up opportunities within our partner orchestras and twice yearly concerts.
All of our teachers are trained in the ABRSM and Trinity syllabus’s which are very popular with almost all of our young woodwind players. We also offer ABRSM Music Medals exams (small group/ensemble assessment).
The clarinet is the most common of the woodwind instruments for children to learn and we have 15 clarinet teachers working with us. Susanna is a clarinettist (2nd to piano) and wanted to share some of the most famous and inspired pieces ever written for the clarinet. You’ll probably recognise a few! Scroll past the contact form, sit back and have a listen.