Good Vibrations: Clarinet Embouchure and Tone Production Tips

with Vandoren Artist-Clinician Levana Cohen

Date Posted: December 02, 2023

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In this instructional clarinet video, Vandoren Artist-Clinican Dr. Levana Cohen provides helpful tips and warmups to maximize your clarinet sound.

0:59 Introduction to Embouchure
1:37 Tongue Placement
3:15 Mouthpiece Placement
4:45 Reed Strength
5:25 Play warm-ups together
7:08 Returning G scale
8:40 Play again

More about Levana

Seattle born clarinetist, Levana Cohen is an avid performer and music educator. Her performances have taken her to some of the most prestigious concert halls including, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose hall, the Koussevitzky Music Shed and Ozawa hall of Tanglewood, to name just a few. Levana's life as a NY based freelance musician has made her into an extremely versatile musician performing and teaching in a multitude of different genres.

Currently, Levana perform as the Principal Clarinetist for the Astoria Symphony Orchestra and appears at universities nation-wide leading masterclasses, clinics and performing recitals and concertos.

As a committed and devoted music educator, Dr. Cohen enjoys teaching students of all ages. She is the clarinet professor and teaches the Woodwind Method class at Long Island University, Post campus. She also serves as the Clarinet Instructor at Suffolk County Community College, and at the Diller Quaile School of Music as well as operating her own private teaching studio in Port Washington NY.

Dr. Cohen is a Vandoren Artist- Clinician and through this program gives free clinics to music programs across Long Island. Additionally, Levana is a Woodwind Specialist and coach with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of New York, a chamber music coach for Stony Brook University, and is the director of the Port Washington Clarinet Choir.

Levana holds both a Master of Music degree and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University under the tutelage of Daniel Gilbert. She performs on Buffet Tosca clarinets and uses Vandoren mouthpiece, ligature and reed products.

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