Group Clarinet



This class is for students that have never played before. It will overview the instrument and give students an opportunity to learn the basics. From here, they can progress to higher levels of study.


This course is part of a series of ongoing classes offered continuously in consecutive sessions, semester after semester. The idea is to start in an introductory group and then proceed to ongoing group lessons. In this into level, group students will these skills:

  • Caring for and assembling the instrument
  • Forming the Embouchure
  • Producing the first tone
  • Practice guidance
  • Learning basic tunes


Get your start on a band instrument! Learn to play basic tunes on woodwinds and gain aptitude on your instrument so that you can learn to play in a band.



This class is for students whom have had one year of study in school band or equivalent private lessons and are ready to continue. In this class we will work on mastery of the full range of all of the notes. We will expand our knowledge of scales and play songs in accompanying keys. We will learn to count more complex rhythms and begin to explore swing feel.


This course is second in a series of ongoing classes offered continuously in consecutive sessions, semester after semester. In this level, group students will work on these skills:

  • Breath control for improved tone
  • Counting with a metronome
  • Mastery of all the fingerings in the full range
  • Listening deeply
  • Learning fun tunes


Maintain and expand your aptitude on your instrument so that you can play in a band when that becomes possible again.  Meet weekly with a teacher and other students for camaraderie and support. Make music part of your everyday life!


Class Details

Ages: 9 to 18

Tuition: $195 tuition.

Intro/Level 1 : Tuesdays, 3:30-4 pm, 10 weeks. Classes start on the week of 9/29 and go for 10 sessions excluding Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Break.

Level 2 : Wednesdays, 5:00-5:30 pm. 10 weeks. Classes start on the week of 9/23 and go for 10 sessions.

Instructor: Matt Morrish

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I get an instrument?

BUY: Woodwind and Brass
BUY LOCAL: Steve Deutsch Music
BORROW: Some public schools will allow you to check one out while you are enrolled.
RENT: Easy Band Rentals

What is the difference between a music stand and an instrument stand?

  • An instrument stand holds your instrument when you are not playing it. This is good to have in class to safely put your instrument down when needed.
  • A music stand holds your sheet music (paper book)


  • Students are expected to be punctual in/and attending all classes and performances.
  • There is a minimum practice requirement of 20 mins a day, 5 days a week.
  • Students need to adopt a growth mindset and follow the respectful online conduct.


  • Instrument (we also suggest buying an instrument stand to place the instrument on when not playing)
  • Reeds, 2.0 thickness or 1.5 thickness
  • Internet access (connecting your device directly to your ethernet will provide the most reliable connection for online study)
  • Metronome or metronome app. Tuner or tuner app.
  • 2 devices for each class: one to use as a camera for zoom, another to play backing tracks mid lesson.
  • Music Stand to hold printed copies of music.
  • Accent on Achievement Book 1 for your specific instrument for Level 1 classes. For level two,buy the Level 2 version of Accent on Achievement for your specific instrument. We suggest buying a paper and a digital copy (if an ebook is available) of the book as the digital copies have the audio tracks that accompany each piece.

Instructor, Matt Morrish

Matt Morrish spent much of the 1990s in New Orleans, where he played in Latin dance bands and studied jazz with the great Chicago tenor saxophonist Ed Peterson. Along the way, he befriended Cuban tres master Juan de Marcos, the organizer of the Buena Vista Social Club project and leader of the Afro-Cuban All Stars. He is currently playing with The English Beat.

“A lot of the music is inspired by pride in Oakland, by wanting to represent,” says Morrish, who lives with his wife and their daughter in Oakland’s Chinatown. “It’s a lot like New Orleans; there’s a real history where music is concerned, with Tower of Power and Sly Stone. You really feel it when you live around here. You can see people listening, wanting to hear something funky.”

Matt Morris, INstructor