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 [unsuccessfully] attempted 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).

Note: I do not offer recommendations to study abroad
programs in Israel. These programs potentially violate the
rights of US faculty and students and our campus
non-discrimination and equal opportunity policies, they
potentially violate academic freedom of Palestinian, Arab,
and Muslim students, they work in tandem with the repudiated
practice of blacklisting as a means of political repression,
and they may be complicit in violations of international law by
Israeli universities including systemic racial discrimination.
I am proud to support the BDS call. [As noted by PalestineLegal:
"The Palestinian civil society call for a boycott to protest
Israel’s ongoing violations of their human rights includes a
call to boycott Israeli academic institutions. This includes
study abroad programs in Israel, which it says “are part of the
Israeli propaganda effort, designed to give international
students a ‘positive experience’ of Israel, whitewashing
its occupation and denial of Palestinian rights.” The boycott
guidelines also state that “international faculty should not
accept to write recommendations for students hoping to
pursue studies in Israel,” given these institutions’
complicity in Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights.”]

 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


"Ten Rules for Students and Teachers” — attributed to John Cage,
however, the actual author is Sister Corita Kent

Glenn Gould and Leonard Bernstein: Bach's Keyboard Concerto
No. 1 in D minor (BWV 1052)

T Monk Advice

Advice from Thelonius Monk, transcribed by Steve Lacy

Laurie Anderson Interview: Advice to the Young

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

Chick Corea Advice

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

Pat Metheny - Lesson on Improvisation

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

Boston Philharmonic: Interpretation Class with Benjamin Zander:
Mozart - Clarinet Concerto in A Major Mvt. II

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

"Clarinet legend Eddie Daniels discusses his career and performs with
pianist Lee Musiker in this video. Eddie talks about his transformation
from first-call studio musician to world-renowned jazz clarinetist, his
teachers, and his way of practicing."

 Everything you do is music, and everywhere
is the best seat.

John Cage

•   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

•  Michael Lowenstern Videos
Yes. You Can Play High Notes on
Bass Clarinet EASILY. (-ish)

•  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

•  Chris Potter: 2017/18 Alto
and Bass Flute Recommendations

•  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

•  History of Electronic / Electroacoustic
Music (1937-2001) in 476 tracks

•  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 from Splice

•  Top 50 Free VST Plugins of 2017

•  Top 10 Free NI Kontakt Libraries (2019)

•  Free Digital Audio Workstations
[DAW Software]

•  Online Tone Generator

•  Top Ten Production Bad Habits
and How You Can Fix Them 
Part 1 Part 2

•  Speaker and Studio Monitor
Placement Secrets; How to Setup Your
Studio / Critical Listening Room

•  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

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“How a Bunny Sounds” — Kim Krans

 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