Bassoonist and educator Clair Cangialosi is at home in a wide variety of musical settings ranging from orchestra to wind band to chamber ensembles. She enjoys an active career as an educator and performer in the Pioneer Valley. Clair teaches woodwind lessons to students of all ages, and has performed at festivals such as Rocky Ridge (CO), and DECODA Skidmore Chamber Music Institute (NY), as well as regionally and internationally with the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Graduate Wind Quintet Fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is passionate about working with current and future music educators in public schools, and frequently volunteers as a guest teaching artist in local school music programs. Clair holds a Bachelor’s degree in music education (’17), Professional Performance Certificate (’18), and Master’s degree in bassoon performance (’20) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her primary teachers are Janet Grice, Stephen Walt, and Remy Taghavi.
I have taught private lessons to students of all ages and ability levels, and also have experience working with students with special needs. My focus for lessons is on music literacy, technique, and creative expression. I am passionate about empowering my students to love music and achieve their goals!
As an educator, I believe that:
- All students can learn when given the tools to do so.
- A quality music education should seek to foster a lifelong love of music and learning.
- Music and the arts are an essential part of the human experience and every person should have the opportunity to experience them.
- Music teaches a person how to listen to others, how to be diligent, how to be patient with themselves and others, and how to express themselves creatively.
Generally, I will choose the materials based on the level/ age of the student. Typically, I suggest the following:
For beginners (all instruments): Essential Elements for band, book 1, Rubank Methods (intermediate/advanced), any other method books currently being studied (i.e. in a school ensemble, etc)
For bassoon: The first complete Weissenborn method, ed. Frank Morelli, Milde Scale studies
For clarinet: Baermann Method for Clarinet, Rose Etudes
Oboe: Barrett Etudes, Ferling Studies for Oboe
Additionally, students will work on suggested solo repertoire, chamber music, and excerpts.