Jacob Meyer
Clarinet Instructor

Instrument: clarinet


Ages: 5th grade+ (younger with approval)

Specialties: success with all ages and ability levels; excellent technique development; heartfelt musicianship; effective practice strategies and habits.

Clarinetist Jake Meyer is a performer and teacher based in St. Paul, MN, and is the principal clarinetist of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra. Recently, he has performed with the Round Top Festival Orchestra and served as principal clarinetist of the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Chamber Winds. He has also appeared as a soloist with the St. Olaf Orchestra on six occasions, performing the first movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie.

An avid chamber musician, Jake has appeared at the Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival, and his wind quintet, Tumultuous Winds, recently won the “Best of Chamber Music” at the Round Top Festival Institute. As a private instructor, Jake maintains a studio in the Greater Twin Cities, MN area, and has taught at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, the Music For the Sake of Music summer camp in Green Bay, WI, and served as a teaching assistant while earning his Master’s degree.

Jake holds his Bachelor’s of Music from St. Olaf College and his Master’s of Music from Florida State University. His primary teachers include Scott Anderson, Deborah Bish and Jonathan Holden. Away from the clarinet, Jake enjoys reading, swimming and exploring sustainable living.

Find him on Facebook and Twitter @ClarinetingMSP and online at jakemeyerclarinet.com.

Olivia Steinman is a second-year doctoral student at Florida State University College of Music studying Clarinet Performance under the guidance of Dr. Deborah Bish. While at FSU, Olivia is also pursuing a specialized study certificate in arts administration. Prior to her studies at Florida State, she earned a Master of Music from The University of Akron, as a recipient of both clarinet and music theory assistantships, and a Bachelor of Music and minor in music theory from the University of North Texas. An active performer, Olivia currently performs with several FSU ensembles and subs with both the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, Inc. and the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.

As an arts administrator, Olivia currently holds positions with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and Interlochen Center for the ArtsCamp. Hired initially as a member of the box office staff by TSO, she quickly earned a promotion to Box Office Manager only a couple months later. Olivia spends her summers at Interlochen, serving as the Director of Intermediate Girls Lakeside. In this capacity, she hires, trains, and supervises a counseling staff of almost 30 and cares for approximately 450 campers throughout the summer.

My teaching philosophy entails the development of my students technically, musically and personally. Technically, my priority is to teach my students how to play the clarinet with excellence and ease. After years of training, pedagogical study, and first hand experience teaching students ranging from beginner to college music major, I have developed many methods and strategies to help students achieve excellent clarinet fundamentals.

Furthermore, by helping my students learn effective practice strategies and problem solving skills, they are often much more efficient and successful in the practice room and enjoy the process much more.

My job as a teacher of music is to help my students unlock their musical voice. Years of study and time spent with excellent teachers and musicians have taught me many ways to teach musicality, including through style, note grouping, score study, story telling, analogy, singing, acting, dancing, and the visual arts. No matter a student’s predisposition to musicality, I firmly believe that each student already has the music inside of them. Teaching music is about helping students tap into their inner feelings and learn how to communicate those feelings. While technique may be the foundation of musical creation, music is nothing without musicality, heart, and emotion.

Finally, my teaching involves a focus on each student’s personal growth. I achieve this by treating each student as an individual, striving to help them improve their weaknesses and capitalize on their strengths by tailoring lessons and repertoire to their specific needs. I believe that music holds a wealth of life skill and knowledge that benefits the personal growth of students no matter what they do with their future. So even while I am in the business of honing excellent clarinetists and musicians, I am also in the business of helping to form exceptional people who will make positive differences in their lives and the lives of others.

Lesson rates:
30 minutes – $27
45 minutes – $40
60 minutes – $53

Please notify me via email and/or phone (call or text message) as far in advance as possible in the event that you must cancel your lesson. If you cancel more than 24 hours before your scheduled lesson, I will work with you to reschedule the lesson at a mutually agreeable time.

If I receive less than 24 hours notice of a lesson cancelation I cannot ensure a make up lesson and payment for the scheduled lesson will still be required.

I expect students to be prepared for each lesson. This means practicing for as much time as necessary each week so that all assigned homework can be performed with appropriate success and adequate progress. There is only so much I can do with a student when students are unprepared.