I’ve noticed that many young clarinetists, especially beginners, at times have a tendency to look down their clarinets while playing. Looking down the clarinet while playing can create bad habits and problems: embouchure, head position, posture, etc. can be impacted.
This tendency to look down is especially common when students are having difficulty on a fingering, such as going over the break. Also, some young students have small fingers and can have trouble covering the open holes.
Therefore, make sure to teach your students to look straight ahead at the music and trust their fingers.
ClarinetMike says, “Don’t Look Down!”