Teaching Texas the Clarinet
Paula Corley is a Texas music educator whose passion is the clarinet. She is the ‘mayor’ of Clarinet City, a website for all things clarinet and is currently the pedagogy coordinator for the International Clarinet Association. Paula is also the instructor of clarinet at Texas Lutheran University and the founder of ClariNETWORKS, an annual event for students and teachers of all ages and abilities that provides access to some of the clarinet world’s most successful clarinet teachers and performers. Paula is a Vandoren and Buffet Crampon Artist.
Originally from Mississippi, Paula has an extensive teaching background in secondary schools and in higher education. Two of her books – So You Want to Play the Clarinet and THE BREAK are published by Southern Music and distributed through Hal Leonard. Her articles about clarinet pedagogy have appeared in The Instrumentalist, The Texas Bandmasters Review, The Clarinet and WAVE. She has many conference presentations to her credit including The Midwest Clinic, ClarinetFest, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and similar events in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia.
Paula supports new music and has commissioned two original works – Unfamiliar Territory for clarinet and wind ensemble by Michael Markowski and Road Trip for clarinet quintet written by Clifton Jones. Recordings of these works can be found on her sitealong with articles, videos and other helpful information that is free to download.
Paula is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and Mississippi State University where she was named Alumnus of the Year in Music in 2013.