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As a college student studying clarinet performance, I often find myself looking for sources of income to fund my love of playing the clarinet. Is there really a job that complements my passion? The most obvious option that all of us know is giving lessons; however, during my search for jobs, I found clarinet repair to be a very fitting option for me. The past summer, I participated in the Summer Clarinet Repair Basics Course, which featured free tuition and I only had to purchase the supplies. The experience provided me with the fundamental knowledge to perform all the essentials of clarinet maintenance. What seemed like rocket science was boiled down to a few simple steps. The course gave me the knowledge to adjust my clarinet that would’ve taken days in the shop and allowed me to help my studio mates with some minor repairs.

Along with my search for additional courses in clarinet repair, I stumbled upon the Woodwind Master Repair Tech Training. The course, taught by master technician Bruce Marking, is a two-year course that delves into the details of instrument maintenance. Given the lack of instrument technicians in the United States, this course fills that void while supporting musicians. This course gives students the skills they need to supplement their career with an additional source of income that is directly relevant to their passion.

From the beginning of playing the clarinet, I relied heavily on my teacher’s suggestion of instruments and repair technicians. For example, during high school when I first really became passionate about music, my clarinet teacher recommended I get a Chadash barrel through a trial from Lisa’s Clarinet Shop. Given the relationship between a teacher and their students, I think it is extremely important for teachers to make correct recommendations to their students. Having taught on the side during the summer and during high school, I have noticed the lack of attention students had about their instruments. Attributed to beginning band teachers not being informed enough to make correct recommendations about instrument and technicians’ choices, I quickly realized that having reputable referrals is important, as students may become discouraged if they are not satisfied with the sound they are producing.

Years later from being introduced to Lisa’s Clarinet Shop and still on the newsletter, I received an email regarding the Ambassador Program, which provides incentives in the form of passive income to recommend reliable resources. The program encourages the networking of teachers, repair technicians, and instrument dealers. This not only benefits the parties mentioned, but it also helps the student find their own voice on the clarinet. Additionally, the Ambassador Program offers Marketing Support donated by and Career Support donated by to help inside and outside the network.

In the 21st century, it is important to have a presence on the Internet. Whether through websites or an Instagram page, a virtual portfolio can help reach new audiences. Showcasing your repertoire, projects, and experiences can help employers get a better sense of you as a musician or even have people reach out for lessons. I personally created an Instagram for my music life for fun @ericplaysclarinet and it has helped me make connections to other students and professionals that I would not have had otherwise. It shows others your passion for music while being creative and having fun.

The Ambassador Program helps to connect students to reliable resources while providing those participating with financial support to help them pursue their passion. Check out the Ambassador Program and see if it is right for you!