Lee University Clarinet Curriculum


The clarinet curriculum at Lee University is tailored to help students prepare for a variety of professional careers in the clarinet industry. Read about our courses and programs below:



Students receive 12 weekly private lessons with Dr. Kies. Click Here to learn more about Dr. Kies.


Clarinet students at Lee have the opportunity to participate in several performing ensembles, large and small. Students may perform in clarinet trios, quartets, or clarinet choir. They may also enroll in our Chamber Music course to perform in mixed-instrument small ensembles. Large ensembles include the Symphonic Band, a touring ensemble, the Wind Ensemble, directed by David Holsinger, and the Lee University Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Robert Bernhardt.


Our pedagogy course prepares performance degree students to teach private lessons upon graduation. Students leave our course with the tools they need to launch a private lessons business, including a private lessons contract, teaching experience, repertoire lists, fee structure, tax information, and management and marketing skills.

Master Class

Students take part in 9 weekly master classes held on Monday evenings. Click here to Contact Dr. Kies if you would like to visit campus and attend one of our master classes.


A weekly technique class, held during weekly Clarinet Lab (master class), helps students achieve fluency on their instrument, freeing up private lessons for studies in other clarinet fundamentals and musicianship. Each semester includes a graded technique jury at which students perform their memorized scale patterns.


The undergraduate literature course is designed to introduce students to the diverse repertory of existing clarinet music that they have not yet had the opportunity to perform or study in lessons. Click here to view our Undergraduate Clarinet Literature Assignments List.

The graduate literature course is more extensive, and features a thorough study of audition repertoire to help the master’s level clarinetist prepare for the professional audition circuit. Click here to view our Graduate Clarinet Literature Assignments List.

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