Clarinet teaching

Barbara Heilmair in Rehearsal

The Clarinet is a wonderful and unique instrument, with a rich tradition and application in many styles of music. I am in love with its beautiful sound since growing up in Germany. 

My  teaching has developed into a blend of traditional and modern methods from Europe and the United States. Webbed into this mix are my own ideas and methods, intended to help students reach their individual goals.

I teach Clarinet, Chamber Music, and Music History at Portland State University in Portland/ Oregon, while also serving as Head of Woodwinds.

I regularly introduce, research, and perform lesser-known works to broaden the students’ perspectives and to advocate for diversity in music.

Portland University

Clarinet Ensembles of all sizes make an integral part of my work in the Clarinet Studio and outside the university, including the Zephyr Clarinet Choir.

PSU Students

At the PSU School of Music, we regularly invite renowned clarinetists to work with the clarinet students in masterclasses. Guest clarinetists include Rolf Weber, Jose Kotar, Sean Osborn, Frank Kowalsky, Virginia Figueiredo, Gregory Barrett, and James Shields.

These classes also include and support some student-teacher legacies such as with my former teacher at UCLA, the iconic Hollywood musician Gary Gray

Masterclass with James Shields

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