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Zachary Dierickx is a freelance clarinetist and educator currently based in Lansing, Michigan where he lives with his wife, flutist Emily (Bedard) Dierickx. As a clarinetist, he frequently performs with orchestras, wind ensembles, chamber groups, and in solo recitals. An enthusiastic teacher, Zack maintains a private studio of students ranging in age from 11 to 71. His students have successfully auditioned into honor bands, earned superior ratings at Solo & Ensemble festivals, and developed a lifelong love for the clarinet and music.

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Teaching

As a teacher, I take a comprehensive pedagogical approach which includes technical, musical, historical, and theoretical study of the clarinet and its repertoire. I adapt my instruction to fit each unique student and their individual learning style by blending contemporary techniques and traditional concepts . My students are challenged to make informed musical decisions based on historical performance practice and analysis of the composition and composer. I craft an individualized curriculum for each student which includes warm-up techniques, scales, etudes, orchestral excerpts, solo/chamber repertoire, extended techniques, posture/relaxation, breathing, and reed break-in/adjustment.

I currently maintain a private clarinet studio in Miami, FL in addition to serving as a Woodwind Teaching Artist with the Miami Music Project and a Woodwind Clinician for Westmister Christian School and Scheck Hillel Community School. My former students regularly earned “superior” ratings at annual Solo & Ensemble festivals and have auditioned into the Columbus (OH) Youth Symphony, The Ohio State University Honor Band, and the Ohio All-State Band

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