Graduate students, and clarinet students have more opportunities for an employment.

     First of all they can be members of the symphony (or opera), wind, folk, jazz and entertainment orchestras

     We do not undervalue any of them: every kind of music should be performed professionally, that means technically correct and stylistically defined, with enjoyment in the spirit and message of the composition. You should not expect to get a place of the first clarinetist in the orchestra immediately. They must be patient, prove themselves with the permanent work, dedication and quality of performance.

      If in the composition your instrument has a section with more difficult places, do not trust that you will easily overcome them by a good skill of the sight-reading  (although it is very much needed to the orchestral musician!), and by a cursory playing before the rehearsal, take home notes of your parts and rehearse critical (harder) places in order to get to the next rehearsal ready!

       Another option — a job as a teacher of the clarinet at the music school (or, possibly, private teachers of the instrument). It should not be regarded as somewhat “lower” than performing career.

   A good teacher must be not only a good performer who, when necessary, can show himself how something should be played, but a good teacher and a psychologist. He must have sense for the organization of teaching, for the gradual methodology in going over material with students, must know how to “come down to their level” and to approach each student individually, to enter into the psychological problems of being young, without anger, correct errors, and to praise the success of each student. And above all: to love children, love his students and his profession!

        Of course, the dream of every young instrumentalist is to stand in front of the orchestra as a soloist with the kind of a big concert in the world literature. Everyone of you may not achieve it, but you should keep in mind that many famous soloists resulted from the orchestra, or played as a soloists as well as in the orchestra. There are many other possibilities for the concert performing: Team up with your colleagues, players of other instruments, in the ensemble — duo with the piano, or any other setting (see chapter in this book Clarinet in orchestras and chamber music).

     Some world-renowned ensembles were made in school benches. There is a lot of valuable music literature for different settings — just needs to be performed well!

      Finally, thoroughly educated musician can find the job that is not directly related to his profession of an instrumentalists — such as music editor on the radio or TV, and similar.

Taken from my book
I Am Studying Clarinet IV


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