Jenny Clarinet Academy – Clarinet History & Literature 101

Back by popular demand!

Do you want to learn more about clarinet history and literature? If so, this course is for you!

The purpose of this four-week course is to provide you with a general overview of clarinet history and significant literature in an easy-to-understand format. This course contains review and discussion questions, recommended listening, and additional resources for further exploration. I have designed the course as a comprehensive historical overview and will recommend several of my favorite books for additional reading.

This course includes:

  • Clarinet History & Literature 101 PDF with historical overview, discussion questions, recommended listening, and links to additional resources (76 pages)
  • Access to four interactive Zoom workshops, 60 minutes each, to review and discuss course content (I will record these workshops and email to all enrolled students.)
  • Jenny Clarinet Repertoire Guide – includes over 500 standard and lesser-known pieces of clarinet literature, organized by category (concerto, sonata, unaccompanied, orchestral)

IMPORTANT: When you purchase this course, you will receive an email with a PDF confirming your enrollment into the Jenny Clarinet Academy Clarinet History 101 course. This confirmation email and enrollment confirmation does not include the course material PDF. I will be emailing you all course material, Zoom links, and any other information the week before classes begin.

Course meeting time: weekly, Sundays at 4pm EST (4 classes total)


  • Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 4pm-5pm EST
  • Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 4pm-5pm EST
  • Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 4pm-5pm EST
  • Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 4pm-5pm EST

All courses will be taught on Zoom, and I will email the Zoom meeting or webinar links each week before class. All courses will be recorded and uploaded as an unlisted YouTube video for anyone unable to attend or who wishes to review the course.

Here are a few reasons why clarinet history is important:

  • it can help you develop a deeper understanding of the clarinet – where it came from and what the future might hold
  • it can help clarinet students prepare for comprehensive exams and finals
  • it can help researchers further their knowledge and examination of specific subjects

I believe it is important for clarinetists to have a working knowledge of the instrument’s history, but this is becoming more and more difficult. Even though most clarinetists are expected to know some modicum of clarinet history, it is largely inaccessible to the average clarinetist. To my knowledge, there are no formal courses offered to teach this subject. Many books written on this subject are out of print or prohibitively expensive for most individuals. Although some university and conservatory libraries house some of these books, students and their teachers studying remotely during the current pandemic will not have access to these resources.

Here is an overview of the course modules:

  • Introduction
  • Why is clarinet history important?
  • Predecessors to the clarinet
  • The development of the clarinet
  • 1700-1750
  • 1750-1800
  • 1800-1850
  • 1850-1900
  • 1900-1950
  • 1950-2000
  • 21st century
  • Conclusions
  • Non-Western clarinet resources

If you have any question, you can contact me or email