James Kleiner, Clarinet
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James Kleiner


James Kleiner ClarinetJim has been a Music Educator in Connecticut public schools for over 30 years. He also enjoys an active professional performing career on the clarinet and saxophone. His teachers included Gerald Burakoff, David Sublette, William Willett and Charles Russo.

He received a Bachelor of Music Education from SUNY Fredonia in 1970 and a Masters in Music Ed. from the Hartt School of Music in 1971. He has taught in the Vernon, Bloomfield, Ellington, Regional District 11, and Lebanon Public Schools. And, he has just completed his 17th year teaching instrumental music in the Manchester Public Schools.

Jim’s has performed with many Connecticut’s finest musical organizations. Among them have been the Hartford Symphony, the Bridgport Symphony, the Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra, the Connecticut Opera, the Opera Theatre of Connecticut, the Connecticut Lyric Opera, the Wallingford Symphony, the New Britain Symphony, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, the Manchester Symphony and the UHART Civic Orchestra.

His musical theater credits include the Little Theatre of Manchester, the Manchester Musical Players, the Bushnell Theater Series, the Mark Twain Masquers, and the American Musical Theatre in New London. He has also performed in the pit orchestra for numerous productions at the Goodspeed Opera House.

Jim also performs with the Hartford Pops Band and the Wallingford R Band. He was also Conductor of the Norwich Concert Band from 1995 to 2008.

Jim and his wife Cheryll live in South Windsor.

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy has always been and continues to be one containing the following points of importance:

  • Create a relaxed and positive atmosphere during a lesson.
  • Give students the tools to know how to practice and succeed.
  • Use constructive criticism.
  • Positive reinforcement.
  • Use humor as a motivational tool.
  • Have a set routine during lessons.
  • Play along with students when it is necessary to give them an appropriate musical model.
  • Use duets as a tool to develop independence of playing.