Alicia Bennett

About: Alicia Bennett

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  • Role : Winds, Brass, & Percussion
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  • Specialist in : Saturday Music Project Faculty (Clarinet)

Why do you teach? I teach because it makes me a better musician and it reminds me of the wonder and curiosity that first started my own clarinet-playing journey. In my studio, I let my students know that it is okay to make mistakes. I tell them I make them all the time! Making mistakes is the only way we truly learn. But it is the thoughtful “how, what, why” you consider afterwards that is most important. The action and experimentation you do after reflection is when you really begin to learn and understand, and it is what makes it possible to keep learning even in the absence of a teacher. Making mistakes and learning from them in a thoughtful, patient way is a skill that can be applied to every aspect of life, not just learning to play an instrument.

Teaching and Performance Biography: Clarinetist Alicia Bennett is a performer and teacher in the New York City area. She teaches privately in multiple community musical schools in the city and is also a teaching artist through the 92Y. Alicia specializes in chamber and orchestral playing, and occasionally opera new music. In March of 2018, Alicia was a featured soloist with the Chelsea Symphony playing Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto. Alicia can be spotted in the orchestra in a handful of episodes in the Emmy-award-winning TV show “Mozart in the Jungle.” Alicia received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in clarinet performance from Stony Brook University.