Elizabeth Bley’s Clarinet Studio, LLC

Clarinetist. Teacher. Mentor.

Private and Group Clarinet Lessons 

Bb Clarinet and A Clarinet

Eb Soprano Clarinet

Bass Clarinet

Contra Alto Clarinet

Contra Bass Clarinet

Why Study with Ms. Bley?

  • I am 100% dedicated to the success of every one of my students.  I provide detailed and specific feedback in a positive and supportive way that promotes mutual respect between me and my students. 

  • My students are routinely selected as first chair players in their upper level school bands, All-District Bands, Senior Regional Orchestras, Youth Orchestras, Youth Wind Programs, and All-State Bands and Orchestras.  My students are consistently selected as clarinetists and bass clarinetists in the NAfME All-National Honor Band, as well as the Music For All Honor Band of America.  In 2019, my students were selected as Principal Clarinetists in both the Virginia All-State Orchestra and the Virginia All-State Band.  In 2020, two of my students were selected for the Virginia All-State Orchestra, including the Principal Clarinet.

  • When you join my studio, you receive access to my personal music library that includes a vast collection of solos, duets, ensembles, etudes, orchestral excerpts, scale studies, altissimo studies, technique studies, recordings, and technology.  

  • I am the Principal Clarinetist in the Loudoun Symphony, and I perform regularly with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington, Washington Sinfonietta, OneWorld Symphonic Festival Camerata, and the Virginia Grand Military Band.  

  • I frequently demonstrate correct performance techniques during lessons, so students can hear excellent tone quality and develop their own concept of good clarinet sound.

  • I am a Vandoren Artist-Clinician, so my students benefit greatly by having access to a wide range of high quality yet affordable mouthpieces, reeds, ligatures, accessories and instruments that help them achieve their best possible sound .

Why Take Private Clarinet Lessons?

  • Learn efficient and intelligent practice techniques that help you maximize your success with the time you have available.

  • Learn personal discipline, improve self confidence and build a strong work ethic, which are important character traits for success in all aspects of life.

  • Receive individualized attention and instant feedback focusing on the specific skills that you need to improve the most.

  • Learn unique repertoire that fits your personal style and that is targeted to help you achieve your specific goals.

  • Make progress at the pace that meets your unique learning style.

My students range in age from brand new beginners (suggested minimum age 9 or 10) to advanced high school, college and adult students. Home-schooled students and adult beginners are welcome (no prior musical experience is required).


Weekly lessons are either 45 minutes or 60 minutes in duration. Typical lessons consist of warmups, scale studies, technique studies, etudes, duets, and solo repertoire. Lessons are tailored to meet each individual student’s needs and assist them in reaching their
performance goals.


As a Vandoren Artist-Clinician, I offer free educational clinics to middle school, high school and undergraduate clarinet students.

Topics include:   • Reed Selection, Care and Adjustment • Embouchure • Articulation • Breath Support • Finger Technique • Intonation • Maximizing Tone Quality • Crossing the Break • Sight Reading • Audition Strategies • Mouthpiece Trials • Reed Trials • Topics of Your Choice


For more information, please contact:

Betty Bley Clarinetist & Private Instructor Vandoren Artist-Clinician Principal Clarinet, the Loudoun Symphony VBODA Designated Clarinet Special Editor M.M.A., Clarinet Performance   Phone/Text: (703) 585-5717 Email:


Welcome and I hope you enjoy my clips.

Betty Bley Parfums D'Orient Excerpt

May 14, 2020

An excerpt from Parfums D'Orient by Jerome Naulais, for solo Bb Clarinet

Ballad in Memory of Shirley Horn by Richard Rodney Bennett

Apr 22, 2017

Sonatina by Malcolm Arnold, 2nd Movement and 1st Movement

Apr 22, 2017

Betty Bley Performing Simon Proctor's Reedevelopment for Clarinet and Piano

Feb 26, 2019

Last update: 8/26/2020

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