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The clarinet is a single reed instrument within the woodwind family. It has an enormous range of notes, is extremely versatile and is found in a variety of ensembles. There are eight members of the clarinet family. The mouthpiece and reed on a clarinet are very similar to those on a saxophone.

Learning to play clarinet

Making a sound on the clarinet is quite simple once you have mastered the embouchure (mouth position). It is often used for very expressive playing because it can transition very easily from soft, relaxing sounds to loud and exciting ones.

  • Benefits of learning the clarinet

    Learning the clarinet is a good way to improve memory and concentration. It demands great skill on both hands so will develop coordination and strength. There are lots of opportunities to play in different groups and ensembles if you are a clarinet player

  • Is it the right instrument for me?

    The clarinet has an enormous range of notes and so is asked to play in various styles, so you will never get bored. It is found in jazz bands, wind bands, as well as symphony orchestras, and on well-known TV shows


You can start to learn the clarinet in our low cost group lessons.

Find a clarinet lesson

Lessons are available in schools or at music centres after school and at weekends.

Clarinet player

Hire a clarinet

There’s no need to invest in an instrument as a beginner – you can hire one from us to play at home.


I look at my clarinet sometimes and I think, I wonder what's going to come out of there tonight? You never know.

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Acker Bilk

Registering for lessons

Lessons can take place in most schools during the school day or in our music centres across Berkshire. You can choose from group or individual lessons for any instrument. Once you have registered, our team will be in touch with options for lesson times to suit you.

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