The Clarineo in Secondary schools
As a training instrument
The average 11 or 12 year-old makes faster progress on the Clarinéo than on any other mainstream instrument. The most logical transition for someone starting on the Clarinéo is to clarinet (the transition is virtually immediate) but, just the same, if the child changes to other wind instruments after, say, two years, he or she would be well ahead.
Clarinéo and the saxophone
Although invented as long ago as 1840, the saxophone has an instantly-recognizable image. For teenagers it conjures up glamour and sophistication. No wonder so many school children want to play saxophones. But how many will continue once they realise it needs practising?
A way to find out which children are most likely to persevere is to start prospective saxophone players on difficult-to-damage Clarinéo, which is approximately one third of the price of the cheapest decent saxophone. Note that saxophones are vulnerable to careless treatment and expensive to repair
The Clarinéo is not made redundant if a child goes on to another instrument. There is every benefit in the child keeping the Clarinéo: a C instrument is practical for amateur music making, being able to play straight from the part of many other instruments.
Amateur woodwind players
If you want to take up an instrument as an adult - perhaps when you retire - the Clarinéo is ideal. It has a lovely sound, you can learn to play simple tunes quite soon and you can take it anywhere - it doesn't need electricity, just enthusiasm!
Making music with others is enjoyable and a good way of getting to know new people; and the Clarinéo is the most practical instrument for that. The Clarinéo is one third the weight of the clarinet and is not affected by rain and extremes of temperature - so take it with you on holiday. However, its biggest advantage for amateurs is its key - C, the same key as pianos, guitars, flutes, violins, vocal music and recorders. This means the Clarinéo can play the music of many other instruments and all written songs straight off their music.
If you want to teach yourself that's quite possible. A 'First Steps' pack with a DVD, tutor book and CD will start you off playing correctly.