RJM Clarinet Studio

Private clarinet lessons in Ashburn, VA for all ages and playing abilities.

Rebecca J. McFarland is a private clarinet teacher in Ashburn, Virginia. She is a recent graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where she earned her master's degree in Clarinet Performance. Rebecca has a wide variety of teaching experiences in addition to her four years of teaching private clarinet lessons, including band camps, elementary music education, and music outreach programs.

Annika finished up her 68 exercises and I am floored with her progress! In addition to making district band as a 7th grader, she is also taking on some super challenging solo music for our spring recital! Annika loves her listening homework, and I can’t wait to see what she plays (and listens to!) next!

March 11th - 3:00PM
The Falls Church (166 East Broad Street, Falls Church, VA)

The Capital Wind Symphony presents our spring program! Each family in my studio can get one free student ticket and one free parent ticket! If you did not get one at your lesson this week, send me an email- I'll get you one! Come see what a bunch of grown up band kids can do!

Extra tickets can be purchased at www.capitalwindsymphony.org

I hope to see you there!


Local High School Band Headed to Carnegie Hall


Good luck to my students traveling to play at Carnegie Hall tomorrow! I can't wait to hear all about it!

The wind ensemble at Briar Woods High School is warming up for a major performance in New York. News4's Molette Green visited the young musicians.

[03/03/18]   I am so excited to play in the acoustic frontier concert premiering new clarinet works this evening! I will share a livestream link on this page between 7:00 and 7:30 so you all can tune in!

Connor finished up his 68 exercises a few weeks ago, and I am a proud teacher! Watching Connor’s skills and confidence grow over the last two years has been an absolute treat, but I especially love hearing about him helping his peers in band and jazz band! Way to go, Connor!

Lona finished her 68 exercises a couple weeks ago and she is rocking it right now! Between making 7th chair in the district 12 middle school district band, playing in NVYW Junior Winds, and picking a super difficult recital piece she is making huge strides in her playing! Congratulations, Lona!

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Watching my students perform in district band this past weekend was an absolute treat! Congratulations to all!

David finished up his 68 exercises a few weeks ago, and I am so proud of all of the hard work he is putting in to his playing right now! In addition to band class and his material for lessons, he is also taking on the formidable ABRSM exams! Keep up the great work, David!

[01/12/18]   Congratulations to all of my students that auditioned for district band this past Saturday! I am so proud of how much each of you have accomplished during the preparation and the audition process!

Extra congratulations go to the EIGHT students that were placed in ensembles! Enjoy the great experience ahead of you!

Look at this happy face! Amanda finished off her 68 exercises this past week and I am so proud of all of the hard work she has put in to get here! Amanda is one of my most dedicated practicers and I can't wait to see what she does next!

Delaney is a rock star! She recently finished her 68 exercises and I am so proud of her progress! Way to go!!!

We had an absolute blast at Navy Band Clarinet Day yesterday! My students got to take lessons with Navy Band clarinetists, try tons of cool equipment, and play in a clarinet choir! They also got to hear military musicians perform and watched masterclasses with Richie Hawley and Eugene Mondie! What a fantastic opportunity! #navybandclarinetday

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[08/29/17]   I am excited to say that the fall schedule is officially set up! A couple spots have recently opened up due to drop out, so if you know anyone interested in lessons make sure to tell them to act quickly! The spots will be gone before you know it!


Music lessons teach so much more than notes and rhythms. I can't think of a better way to teach children perseverance!

Angela Lee Duckworth, a teacher turned psychologist, reveals what factor determines whether a student will succeed or fail.

Read: http://www.illumeably.com/success-vs-failure/

Credit: TED

Bonjour from France! Music can really take you places if you keep it up!


Melody malady: Clarinet player develops 'saxophone lung' from fungus - NBC News

I'm not joking when I warn students to clean their instruments!

A couple helpful clarinet cleanliness tips:
1. Sanitize reeds with a quick dip in hydrogen peroxide about once per week. If the player in question has been sick make sure to sanitize the reeds and the reed case before they start playing again!
2. Wash out mouthpieces once per week in warm water and soap. If the cork gets wet in the process dry it immediately!
3. Swab the clarinet after each practice session.
4. Wash the swab in the sink every few weeks (swabs can get stuck in the wash machine, so I wouldn't recommend adding it to your laundry!).
5. Rinse your mouth out thoroughly BEFORE playing. Even better- just brush your teeth!
6. Last but not least- if something smells funny in the case there's a good chance something is turning into a "science project" so check everything out to discover the source before it makes you sick!

Happy (and healthy) practicing!

nbcnews.com A Dixieland band player who didn’t clean his clarinet for 30 years is recovering from a year-long allergic reaction caused by fungus that grew inside the reed instrument, experts said. The 68-year-old unidentified Atlanta man came down with an intractable case of “saxophone lung,” an actual conditio...

Maahi finished her 68 exercises this past Thursday, and I am so proud of her hard work! She is a fantastic student and we always have a great time discussing music theory and phrasing together. Congratulations!

It's a beautiful day for a wedding gig! Congrats Christina and Eric! #frasersatthefarm


My 11-year-old son auditioned at Juilliard, and we both learned a lot about how top performers practice

Most of us didn't audition for the Juilliard pre-college program by the time we were 11, but this is a great article about how music prepares people to work hard from a young age. Music lessons are about so much more than learning how to play an instrument- check it out!

businessinsider.com Effective practicing is an art.

Sally finished her 68 exercises last week, and you can tell she is thrilled! Congratulations to Sally on all of her hard work!

Congrats to Kaustubh for finishing up his 68 exercises! He's had a great week between playing at our first studio recital and reaching this huge milestone. I am so proud of his accomplishments this year!

Recital prep is in full swing, and Sweetie is a great practice audience! David performed some fantastic Mozart today and I can't wait hear everyone for our first recital on Saturday!

I am so proud of Kyle for finishing up his 68 exercises! Aside from that he has been working hard on a solo piece, a duet, audition music for high school, and so much more! Way to go Kyle!

This is what happens when you practice like a boss! Go Lona!!!

Congratulations to Alexei on finishing his 68 exercises! His playing is really taking off and I can't wait to see his continued progress!

I am so proud of Sriram for finishing his 68 exercises! I am always impressed by his dedication and hard work!


What a neat exercise! Do you have any embouchure training tips?


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Here's a quick clip of John and I rehearsing for our recital tonight!

Ready to watch three of my wonderful students play at the District 16 All-District Band Concert!!!

We have another one! Henry finished his 68 exercises this week!


Mason Summer Clarinet Camp | GMU Potomac Arts Academy

Know any young clarinet players that are looking for a great summer opportunity to expand their skills? Check out the George Mason Summer Clarinet Academy! http://potomacacademy.gmu.edu/summer-camps/summer-music/clarinet-summer-camp/


I had an awesome time working Robert Deis' clarinet students at Gildersleeve Middle School in Newport News, VA this past Friday! Robert has such enthusiastic band students, and they have a great band director!

Congratulations to Danny on finishing his 68 exercises! He has persevered through multiple injuries to get here and I am super proud of his determination!

[01/18/17]   Congratulations to ALL of my students that auditioned for district band this year! All of you have improved so much as musicians, and I can't wait to see how your progress pays off! An extra special congratulations goes out to my students that took 3 of the top 10 chairs in the District 16 middle school band!

So proud of Jacob for finishing his 68 exercises!


New year, new blog post! Check it out!


rjmclarinet.com Not all reeds are created equal... January 3, 2017 Rebecca McFarland “Have you ever noticed that not all of the reeds play the same way?”A former student asked this question of me a couple years ago, and it reminded me that this is a hard learned truth for most students that use reeds. We expect thi...

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May your spirits be bright this holiday season!


What Types of Sound Experiences Enable Children to Learn Best?

Why should music be a core subject?

" 'There is an explicit link between making music and strengthening language skills, so that keeping music education at the center of curricula can pay big dividends for children’s cognitive, emotional, and educational health,' " - Nina Kraus

Check out the article for some great information on how sound impacts learning!


ww2.kqed.org Certain types of sound can help a child develop her ability to learn. What's not so great? An excess of meaningless sound, like white noise and noise pollution.

Is that a large cat playing clarinet in my office? Or is it Juliette doing her weekly long tone challenge? We may never know... 🐯🎶

Lessons at Rachel Carson Middle School have officially started up again! Lona is one of my new students there and she is already off to a great start- just look at that embouchure!



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rjmclarinet.com Rebecca J. McFarland is a Freelance Clarinetist located in Ashburn, Virginia. After relocating to Ashburn in 2015, she opened the RJM Clarinet Studio. The RJM Clarinet Studio provides a supportive, and motivating environment for young clarinetists to explore all that music can offer. In addition to…

Connor - Spring Recital 2016

What can a few weeks of clarinet lessons add up to? A recital performance of course! This is my student Connor after just six weeks of lessons. He signed up for lessons back in the spring to get ready for band this fall, and after just a few months he is well over a year ahead in his band class material. Lessons are a great way to make band fun and easy- just ask Connor!

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