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.

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"The President's Own" United States Marine Band

One of my favorites! Happy Friday!

Enjoy the Marine Band's performance of Percy Grainger's beloved English Morris Dance, “Shepherd’s Hey.”

(Performed/recorded Summer 2020)

Hi Everyone! Exciting news- the fantastic Sydnee Stein and I will be teaching a Virtual Studio Ensemble Program together this Fall! Your flute or clarinet student does not need to be a member of our private studios to sign up- it will be super fun, and there are only a few spots available! Interested? Come to our interest meeting on Zoom this coming Monday 9/14 at 6:30pm! https://bit.ly/2Dlb1K7

[08/17/20]   Big news! For the first time in two years, I have some openings in my studio! Call 703-763-9406 or email [email protected] to sign up for lessons now before it's too late! Lessons will be online until it is safe to resume lessons in person.


G. Rossini: Duetto para dos Gatos- Duet for Two Cats

Normally I assign listening homework so students can experience different styles of music, and become more engaged listeners...but this week I decided that we needed some musical humor! Enjoy the "Duet for Two Cats" (which may or may not be by Rossini- apparently that is debatable)!


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[03/15/20]   We had a great first day of online lessons today! I am so proud of all of my students for their hard work, and dedication to lessons!

I also want to give a huge shout out and congratulations to my student Alexei for being accepted to all three of the college music programs that he applied to! He hopes to be a band director, and I could not be more thrilled for him! Great job, Alexei!

[03/09/20]   A (very belated!) congratulations to my students that auditioned for All Virginia Band and Orchestra! Congrats to Kyle for making 18th chair in the top band, and to David for making alternate Eb clarinet!

Congratulations to all of my wonderful students that participated in District Band this past weekend!

I am so proud of my 10 students in District 16 that qualified for district band this year! Two of them are also eligible to audition for All-Virginia Band and Orchestra! Congratulations also go to my two students that earned spots in the ensembles in District 12! I hope all of you enjoy a wonderful, and enriching experience this weekend!


The 2020 District XVI All-District Band Concert will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 1st, at John Champe High School.

Admission to the concert is free.

Over 300 Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) students successfully auditioned for the 2020 District XVI event. Rehearsal and workshops will be Thursday through Saturday at John Champe High School. The event features three outstanding bands, under the direction of Col. Timothy J. Holtan (retired senior military musician in the Department of Defense and the 10th Leader and Commander of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”), David Regner, (Flight Commander and Associate Conductor of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band), and Patricia Cornett (Director of Bands at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music & Dance).


Why Marching Band? — The Marching Virginians

It is always wonderful to see former students enjoying music beyond their high school band experience! Hear what former student Nayha has to say about college marching band in this article!


spiritoftech.com Everyone in the Marching Virginians loves marching band, but many members have different reasons for joining band and sticking with it. IN this post, Alexandra explores “Why Marching Band?”

Happy 200th birthday, Clara Schumann! Thanks for visiting us at the Virginia Music Educators Association conference!

We’re enjoying some beautiful clarinet playing at Navy Band Clarinet Day!

[09/30/19]   Congratulations to Kyle for making first chair in Senior Regional Orchestra! Way to go!

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!

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Connor - Spring Recital 2016



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