Mountain View, CA – Mark Sowlakis Clarinet & Saxophone Lessons is pleased to announce the release of a number of self authored new proprietary teaching materials for students of all ages and abilities. Intermediate Etudes For The Aspiring Clarinetist brings a new perspective to the fundamentals of clarinet playing. Intermediate Jazz Studies For Clarinet And Saxophone Volume 1 introduces basic jazz concepts in a straightforward, easy to understand format. Advanced Jazz Studies For Saxophone challenges the more advanced player with important material, and the Rhythm Changes Challenge takes the advanced saxophonist through many different keys and explores a set of standard chord changes in a new way. All texts are available directly from Mr. Sowlakis and are provided in PDF form.
Mark Sowlakis Clarinet & Saxophone Lessons skillfully integrates these unique materials into individual student lessons, emphasizing the importance of playing along with recordings as an integral part of the learning process. Advanced players are encouraged to use headphones to play along with recordings in order to expand their awareness of various musical horizons.
Private lessons are offered for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students, ensuring that everyone can find a level of instruction appropriate for their skill level. The first lesson is an evaluation of the student through various proprietary diagnostic exercises. From there, Mark develops a unique teaching plan to attain short, intermediate, and long-term goals.
Mr. Sowlakis maintains a blog tailored to middle and high school students that provides additional information about reeds, various instrumental techniques and artist profiles. The blog has won two awards for outstanding instructional material and much can be gleaned from each individual blog post.
Sharing a glowing review about the ongoing work between student and teacher, a happy parent said, “Our 14-year-old has been taking clarinet lessons with Mark for over a year. Mark is a great teacher– he is encouraging and patient, and we’ve seen major improvements in our son’s playing. I highly recommend it!”
Mark has extensive experience teaching saxophone lessons and clarinet lessons to students hoping to gain admission to local and statewide Honor Groups, specializing in middle and high school students who wish to audition for the groups. His experience preparing students for college admissions has resulted in multiple students receiving scholarships to virtually all the top music schools in the United States over the last 35 years.
Call or text 415-385-4841 to inquire further. In person or Skype lessons can be arranged directly through Mr. Sowlakis. For more detailed information please visit the website.
Mark Sowlakis Clarinet & Saxophone Lessons
186 College Avenue