2. Lessons

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• Private lessons with Michael Levin are
offered through Columbia College, Chicago,
where he is adjunct faculty in the Department of Music. ● Students
entering Columbia College with the admirable intention of pursuing
a program of study emphasizing the value of an interdisciplinary
education should be aware that Columbia College only offers music
lessons to music majors. ● Students entering Columbia College with
experience in traditional elementary, jr. high, and high school music
programs [programs emphasizing the fundamental value of
individual, private lessons] should be aware that the
administration of Columbia College has instituted an innovative
program. This program channels into GROUP lessons all music
students not majoring in the study of the specific instrument for
which they desire lessons. This bold development saves
Columbia College money. ● Students entering Columbia College
with the reasonable expectation that existing musical
programs/ensembles will continue to be offered during
the time of their attendance should be aware that this is a wildly
optimistic assumption [“For the past several years, we’ve been
offering more ensembles than our enrollment would
justify,….This year (2017)...we will offer a smaller number
of ensembles in alignment with our educational priorities
and our anticipated enrollment….If we seek to retain returning
students and grow our enrollment, it’s up to all of us to
represent positive change to them.” — Music Department
Ensemble Task Force, 4.14.17 ]. ● Students entering Columbia
College with the admirable intention of pursuing a program
of study emphasizing the value of critical inquiry should
be aware that the adminstration of Columbia College has
twice attempted [unsuccessfully] to close down important
courses in the Israel-Palestine conflict which challenge
hasbara (and the American Association of University
Professors has strongly criticized Columbia College for
attempting to violate academic freedom).

 When I put my bass down, I’m in trouble.
That’s when the challenge starts because you have to learn how
to be the kind of person you are when you're playing. That’s the
hard part.
Charlie Haden

• Last summer, Michael was part of the faculty
for the
Chicago Latin Jazz Workshop. As
details about upcoming workshops and clinics are announced
they will be posted here.

 In the long run, it’s more important to look at paintings 
than to listen to the way someone plays bebop lines."                   

                       Jim Hall

Free Music Resources

Terrance Blanchard gives advice to young musicians and shares
his thoughts on jazz

Robert Dick gives advice to young musicians and shares
his thoughts on careers in music [also watch part III]

Charles Gayle Interview: What Does Music Have to Teach Us?

Jazz Bassist Jonah Jonathan interviews alto saxophonist David Binney for
his interview series: The Jazz Musician's Voice

•   Online Metronome

•   Online Chromatic Tuner & Tone Generator

•   Glossary of Musical Terminology

•   Manuscript paper

Download here and hereand print to your heart's content.

•   Petrucci Music Library is a virtual library of free,
downloadable music, which includes over over 300,000 scores
and 35,000 recordings for over 93,000 works by over 12,000

•  Recording advice
Miking and Recording Woodwinds [Recording Magazine]
Miking Bass Clarinet [Michael Lowenstern]
Microphone Techniques [Shure, 2009]

•   Instrument Serial Number Lists

Jazz Links Page created by Bob Keller

•  Clarinet Fingering Charts

•  Top 10+ Things that Beginner 
Clarinet Players Do Wrong and 
How to Correct Them

•  Links to Helpful Clarinet

•  Robert Marcellus Master Class
Audio Archives

•  Robert Marcellus Interview

•  Eddie Daniels Videos from
Backun Musical Services

•  J. Lawrie Bloom Videos on
How to Play Bass Clarinet

•  Michael Lowenstern Videos
on How to Play Bass Clarinet

•  Michelle Anderson Video
Series: Clarinet Mentors


•  Sean Osborn Video Series:
10 Steps to a Great Clarinet Section


•  Buddy DeFranco Master Class
[1997 IAJE Conference in Chicago]

•  William Ridenour on Clarinet
and the Cult of Boutiqueism

•  Great New Orleans Clarinet
Players: click on the portraits and listen

•  Internet Archive has digitized
26,000 78rpm records: free listening
and downloading

•  Artist Saxophone Mouthpiece
Setup, Mouthpiece Data, Reed Chart

•  Woodwind Repair Articles

•  Twenty-Five Great Jazz Flute

•  Twenty-Five Great Jazz Baritone
Saxophone Peformances

•  Solo Transcriptions Page which
lists and links to 1780 solo transcriptions for sax,
flute, clarinet, and ewi

•  Scale Omnibus “is a 400-page ebook
that illustrates as many as 392 distinct scales and modes
from all over the world, transposed in all keys, with historical
notes and the list of chords over which each scale sounds
good. Probably the most complete book on this topic,
and it's totally free”

•  Jazz Handbook with lots of information
on topics ranging from jazz history to jazz theory

•  100+ Awesome Free Online
Resources For Music Producers

•  SampleRadar: Free music
samples: download loops, hits
and multis 
is the hub page for MusicRadar’s
regular giveaway of pro-quality, royalty-free
samples; 58,918 free sample downloads

•  SampleRadar: 204 free world
music samples

•  Ultimate List of Free Massive Presets

•  Free Plugins

•  1200 Years of Women
Composers: A Free 78-Hour
Music Playlist That Takes You
From Medieval Times to Now
[Spotify playlist]

•  Master List of 1,200 Free Courses From
Top Universities: 40,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

 Promise me you’ll always remember:
you’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.    
                Christopher Robin

Michael Levin with Wilfredo Rivera at American Rhythm Center

With Wilfredo Rivera at American Rhythm Center

MichaelLevin11@mac.com  I  © Michael Levin 2012