Clarinet Lessons in Wheaton

The Jerry Evans School of Music seeks to be one of the top Woodwind Programs in all of Chicagoland, and provides excellent Clarinet instruction to students of any skill level from Jake Wark. Whether playing in School Orchestra, School Band, in Jazz Band, Solo, in an Audition Orchestra, in a Pop Band, or just for fun at home, students will receive a thorough Clarinet education in an environment of excellence and enjoyment.

Jake Wark is an experienced Clarinet teacher that earned his Master’s degree in Music from DePaul University and also received his Bachelor degree in Music performance from Nazareth College. Jake is an active musical performer in various groups in Chicago. His recording, Tremor, was released in 2017, and Jake performs frequently in Chicago in the collaborative trio Four Letter Words, who have released two recordings since 2015. Jake Wark is fluent in Classical Music, as well as Jazz or Pop Music, and can teach students in any of those genres. Jake brings his Clarinet expertise to help students succeed while also bringing a kind spirit, friendliness, experience, and patience to work with all students, whether their pace of progress is quick or slow.  Jake helps students foster a love for music that helps them work through any obstacle they might face. Students will believe they can do great things and will feel free to take on exciting challenges.

The JESM Clarinet program empowers musicians using proper fundamentals, a core curriculum designed to fit each student’s needs, and helping students connect to music where they can also play music that they choose. From Benny Goodman, to Artie Shaw, to general Jazz Band Music, to Classical Music, to Orchestra Music, to Movie/Broadway themes, to Pop/Rock music, or even World Music, a student can learn it at the JESM. Your student will excel in their school’s music programs as Jake will work hand in hand with the music of your student’s Band/Orchestra teacher.  

Clarinet Lessons cover all or part of the following information based on the students’ level, needs, and goals:

Music Fundamentals: Reading music/sight reading, basic music theory, playing by ear, scales, rhythmic development, etc…
Technique: Instrument placement, fingering/embouchure, tone development, breath control, posture, etc…
Musicality: Understanding the dynamics and interpretation of music, articulation, phrasing, improvisation, etc…
Style: Developing Clarinet skills in Jazz, Classical, and contemporary styles.

Students have the opportunity to play in Student Concerts, as well as enroll in Rock Band or Beyond Band class if they desire.