Clarinet teachers

Howard Cespedes

Available for lessons on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday

Howard Cespedes, clarinet teacher

Howard has performed with numerous national and international acts: Pete Escovedo, Patti Austin, Louis Bellson, Clare Fisher, Four Tops, Roger Kellaway, Gladys Knight, Mark Levine, Linda Ronstadt, The Supremes, Temptations and others. He has written numerous works for jazz orchestra that have been performed at jazz festivals like Montreaux, Vienne, Umbria, San Jose, Monterey and Playboy. He has been teaching for over 25 years.

Howard also teaches flute and saxophone.


Galen Green

Available for lessons on Friday and Saturday

Galen Green, clarinet teacher

Galen Green graduated Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts with a Bachelor's Degree in Music. He has performed with world-renowned musicians including The Four Tops, The Temptations, Tom Scott, Jimmy Bosch, and Tito Puente, Jr. Galen also has 18 years of experience teaching private lessons to aspiring musicians of all ages and levels, and six years directing bands in K-12 public and private schools. He strives to share his own passion for music with students, to teach them to listen with open ears and minds, and to instill in them a curiosity for music that will last a lifetime.

Galen also teaches saxophone.


Jason McElroy

Available for lessons on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday

Jason McElroy, clarinet teacher

Jason received his B.A. is Saxophone Performance in 2001 and his Music Education Credential in 2004 from Cal State, Hayward. He has been teaching for over 15 years and is currently the Director of Bands at Bowditch Middle School in Foster City. Jason has been a freelance performer since 1990 and has performed as far as The Czech Republic with the Ondrej Pivec Trio. He has also performed in many musicals, including The Rat Pack, and has shared the stage with Conrad Herwig and Louie Bellson, to name a few. In addition, Jason has been involved with opening acts for Jay Leno and Patti LaBelle. He is a dedicated and patient instructor, inspiring his students to reach higher degrees of learning. Jason also enjoys following up with students that have continued to play into their college years and beyond.

Jason also teaches saxophone.