Lydia Blackshear
332 N. Washington, Dillon MT, 59725
Instruments: Clarinet, Saxophone, Voice
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Folk - Country - Bluegrass, Blues, Kids, Other
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
Experience: 2 years
Rate: $15 / hr
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Personal Statement
My name is Lydia Blackshear. I am a sophomore at the University of Montana Western in the K-12 Music Education program. I have played the clarinet and saxophone for 14 years with a variety of different ensembles. I enjoy working with children and adults of all skill levels and backgrounds. I only require one thing from my students - that they WANT to learn more about music and their instrument of choice.

Lessons with me are unique because I specialize in teaching only clarinet and saxophone. I choose to teach only these two instruments for a couple of reasons:

Firstly, I prefer not to be a jack of all trades and master of none. There are only so many hours per day a person can dedicate to private practice of their instrument let alone giving lessons to other musicians (especially when that person is also a full-time student!). Though I know how to produce a sound on all of the given band instruments, I do not have time to extensively study (and then teach) the repertoire or technique for all of these instruments.

Secondly, I just don't get as excited about playing the trumpet or flute or anything else as I do about the clarinet and saxophone. It isn't fair to the student when an instructor does not have a passion for the instrument they are attempting to instruct. Being in lessons is not only about developing skills through practice, but also about developing a desire to learn and push oneself. If an instructor can't look forward to teaching a lesson, how can they expect their students to look forward to learning a lesson?

I work very hard to become the best teacher that I can be and to keep my students and their parents happy. Contact me today for more information!
Education / Training
I currently study at the University of Montana Western in Dillon, MT in the K-12 Music Education program. I take lessons from Dr. Bert Brewer and Dr. Gay Garard-Brewer in voice and piano. They also coach me on my clarinet solo-work.


I am considering taking lessons. Please contact me with further information. Thank you.
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