“I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Kelsey during my time at FSU. She was a coach for my undergraduate chamber class and worked in a group with me and two others. From the moment I met her, I’ve known that Kelsey has a deep passion for music, and that passion shines through in her teaching methods. She has a wonderful positivity and energy that always made our rehearsals fun. I can honestly say that I always looked forward to our coaching sessions! Despite the fact that we play different instruments, I felt that her knowledge of music transcends instrumental boundaries. I learned so much from her in the time I was able to work with her, not just about musicality, but also about professionalism and the role I play within the musical world.
Emma Jo Patten
Flutist, Music Education Major
Florida State University
“I really love Kelsey’s teaching style. She’s not a “check-points” teacher, which is something I really admire in private instructors. Meaning, you don’t meet up with her just to set goals and check on practice progress. Though these are incorporated into her lessons, she is very much a teacher in the process. With Kelsey, I’ve learned many essential points about tone production, breathing techniques, and overall becoming not only a clarinet player, but a performer. She provides praise when you deserve it, but is not afraid to give criticisms when you need them. It’s an hour that I look forward to every week, for sure.”
Music Performance Major
“Working with Kelsey has been an excellent experience for my daughter! Kelsey has helped Mandy improve her skill and musicianship as a clarinetist, which as led to successful auditions and new opportunities as a musician. She has challenged Mandy and has given her motivation to work harder. Kelsey is very professional, approachable and easy to work with. She is always quick to answer any questions I have regarding lessons and scheduling.”