One of the fastest ways I know to improve and unify the tone quality of a clarinet section is to remember the wisdom found in a very, very, very old saying. Though the wording gives away the fact that it was from a distant time, it is nonetheless as applicable and helpful today as it was then. Your students will surely think it is really “dorky,” but you won’t think so when you hear how terrific your clarinetists sound! Ready, set, here it comes: “For a clarinet tone that pleases, make sure the bell is between your kneeses.” I warned you! But I have found that those goofy words are so silly and ridiculous sounding that my students remember them!! 

Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education
KHS America

About the Author

Dr. Boonshaft, Director of Education for KHS America, is the author of the critically acclaimed best-selling books Teaching Music with Passion, Teaching Music with Purpose, and Teaching Music with Promise. Dr. Boonshaft is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where he is Professor of Music. He was honored by the National Association for Music Education and Music For All as the first recipient of the “George M. Parks Award for Leadership in Music Education.”