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I have been teaching privately for over a decade to students of a wide age range and various levels from beginner to advanced.  I offer 30, 45 or 60 minute lessons, virtual and in person. What I enjoy most about private instruction is the concentrated time dedicated to working each week on student's individual goals and being able to hear and see progress over time as well as watch them believe in themselves.  Often students come to lessons wanting to prepare for an upcoming audition such as band chair placements, regional band and orchestral programs, or for college scholarships. I am always eager to assist and help guide students through these opportunities.  Please contact me here for more information about private lessons. I am currently located in Los Angeles, California for in person lessons.


I have the wonderful privilege and honor of being a Clarinet Teaching Artist with YOLA and guiding young clarinetists in the south LA neighborhood of Inglewood, CA. As a part of the LA Philharmonic, YOLA is dedicated to serving underprivileged communities and families in the LA area. Music is an experience and opportunity all children should be exposed to and I am humbled to be a part of this special program that provides students with instruments, instruction and community. YOLA is in its 15th year. Click here for more information.


I teach private clarinet and piano lessons to Santa Monica area students at the conservatory. These weekly lessons occur throughout the entire school year with 2 recitals and certificate of merit assessments to track their progress. 30, 45, or 60-minute lessons are available. I enjoy providing my students with supplemental materials as well to help become well-rounded musicians and expand their musical opportunities.  More information can be found here, but feel free to contact me with any specific questions you might have.


I teach applied clarinet lesson to students pursuing their Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, MN.  The AFA is typically completed in two years before the option of transferring to a baccalaureate institution.  Students earning this degree will enroll in one-hour weekly lessons.  I help prepare students for their performances during school and the graded jury performance at the end of each semester.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this program and what these lessons might entail.  More information can be found here.

Teaching: Lessons
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                           University of Mississippi Interim Faculty - Fall 2018

In the Fall semester of 2018, I had the invaluable opportunity of teaching the clarinet studio for Dr. Michael Rowlett (current UM Clarinet Professor).  I taught clarinet lessons, studio class, and woodwind methods to students at the University of Mississippi School of Music.  My appointment was for six weeks.  Click here to read about it in the University of Minnesota School of Music newsletter.

Teaching: Text


"I enjoyed the fact that Ms. Smith gave me several different ways to fix issues in my etudes such as dynamic control and articulation diversity.  Being able to hear her demonstrate these was very helpful!"

Dylan Hunsucker - Junior, University of Mississippi

“I have always been a timid player, and working with Amelia has made me so much more confident in my abilities. It’s been helpful to hear her demonstrations, then match her sound. She has given me many valuable tools that I can apply to all music. Every week I look forward to my lessons not only because each helps better my musicianship, but also because I get to spend time with Amelia. She is such a positive and passionate person, and I’m lucky to know her!”

Emma Gambach - Senior, Wayzata High School

Teaching: Testimonials
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