The clarinet has a higher but straighter tone than the flute. The personalities best suited for clarinet are serious students who don’t mind working hard to achieve success.

Physical considerations: all lip types and student sizes are suitable for the clarinet; requires strong ‘dimple’ muscles in order to control sound and tone.

When renting and buying: plastic clarinets are fine. Be sure to have all of the pads and keys checked for leaks by a professional. When buying reeds, opt for a hardness of 2-2 1/2 or medium soft.

Extra equipment: Students should always have a box of reeds in their case as well as soft cloth cleaning equipment. Folding music stands are optional.

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