Clarinet, Piano
Five to Adult, Beginner to Early Advanced

Bachelor’s Degree in Clarinet Performance
University of Texas Pan American/Rio Grande Valley

Teaching Philosophy

I have a strong belief that with the right attitude, and given the right tools, anyone can be successful. My methods might be slow, but thorough. Primary areas of focus include bodily awareness and practice technique – know what you’re doing as you do it, and learn what works and what doesn’t work. Asking the student what they think of a certain technique, or how they feel while performing an exercise, helps to gain awareness of how they can apply these techniques on their own. Appreciation for their instrument, self-motivation, and independence as a musician are my end goals with all students.


Clarisa De la Garza graduated Magna cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2017. Her primary studies include clarinet, piano, composition, and conducting. She has studied under Dr. Bill O’Neil and performed with the UTRGV clarinet ensemble from the age of thirteen.

Her education in music spans across many fields of study, including clarinet performance and pedagogy, piano performance, music theory and composition, and conducting. Two original compositions, “Duo for Clarinet and Cello” and “Five Spacial Abstractions: Developmental Variations for Clarinet and Piano,” are currently in publication by Really Good Music, LLC. Her most recent work, “9:13,” had its world premiere at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest Conference in Lawrence, Kansas in 2016. Conducting experience includes direction of the UTRGV symphonic band, clarinet ensemble, and chamber orchestra.

Clarisa’s teaching career began in 2013 when she began coaching high school clarinet students in preparation for TMEA All-Region competitions. Since then, she has taught at multiple private institutions, providing education to students of all ages on a variety of instruments. She currently teaches for Northeast ISD as a private clarinet instructor, and her students exhibit continued success in local, state, and national competitions and conferences.