Natasha Zrno

 Natasha Zrno, Clarinet teacher at Ava Music

Natasha Zrno focuses on the development of students' desire to play through the honing of their natural ability by building an attunement to Music Theory and the Clarinet. Through instilling an intuitive connection with practice, students may find themselves feeling excited and inspired to add music learning to their daily routines. Through mindful techniques, students build their endurance on their instrument with focus on building the mind and body connection.

Natasha began studying music at 5 years old on the Piano and enjoyed her early music learning in Primary and Post Secondary Band Programs on the Clarinet. She began continuing studies of Clarinet Performance at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music in 2013 and  Vancouver Community College in 2015 as well as studying with Brad Muirhead of the Carnegie Community Centre Jazz Band from 2016 to 2020 in the Downtown East Side. When she stumbled upon a performance of Lauri Freedman and Anne La Berge with the NOW Orchestra Ensemble in 2015 Natasha was drawn into the stylings of Improvised Freedom Music. Gaining a strong background in performing Improvised New Music (Vancouver New Music and Vancouver Electronic Ensemble), Free Jazz (NOW Society, Coastal Jazz & Blues Society), and Chamber Music (Studying with Dave Branter and Francois Houle), Natasha draws upon the wisdom of these modalities to compose, practice, and enjoy collaboration with musicians and teachers from Vancouver and all around the world including Arrington de Dionyso, Lisa Cay Miller, Douglas Kearney, Ida Toninato, Ashleigh Ball and Jesus Caballero. She has been privately teaching for five years.

Natasha is offering Clarinet for all ages, Children to Seniors, and all abilities, beginner to professional. Online Sessions for accessibility needs are available.

Natasha enjoys many activities like Roller Skating, looking for cool rocks at the beach, and enjoying quality time with her loved ones. She enjoys composers and artists such as Louis Armstrong, Pharoah Sanders, Erik Satie, Villa-Lobos, Bessie Smith, Joni Mitchell, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joan Armatrading, Nina Simone and Donna Summer.