Clarinetist and saxophonist Kyle Coughlin is a versatile musician who is proficient in styles ranging from classical to jazz to popular music. An active soloist and recitalist, he has performed throughout the United States, as well as in France and Italy. He has worked with numerous orchestras in the Baltimore-Washington area, and has been a featured soloist, performing clarinet concertos by Mozart and Weber.
Coughlin earned both his doctorate and masters degrees in clarinet performance from the Peabody Conservatory as a student of Loren Kitt, and he received his bachelors degree from the University of Maryland as a student of Ed Walters.
All of Coughlin’s educational books focus on teaching fundamental concepts in a step-by-step process. He has written eleven books that are geared toward beginner and intermediate woodwind players, including the Beginning Clarinet Songbook, Beginning Jazz Studies, and Christmas duet books. He has also written a study book that teaches basic rhythmic concepts with more than 450 practice patterns.
In 2015, Coughlin reached out to an entirely different audience with his Two Happy Bears books. He wrote, illustrated, and composed the music for interactive eBooks that feature Fluffy and Ivy -- Two Happy Bears who teach children the letters of the alphabet, and more.
Besides writing numerous educational books, Coughlin has designed and created several educational websites, featuring online talking metronomes, clarinet fingering charts, jazz improvisation methods, rhythm instruction, printable music paper, and Christmas music.
His Two Happy Bears website features Coughlin’s illustrations, videos, coloring pages, and interactive pages that teach children the letters of the alphabet.
Coughlin is an Assistant Professor of Music and coordinator of jazz, winds, percussion, and music technology at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD.
Coughlin has released two CDs of his original jazz compositions, When Afternoons Return, and In the Shadow of Palms. He has won several honors for his compositions, including a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. His composition credits include works for CBS, PBS, Fox Television, and the Discovery Channel, as well as broadcasts around the world. Coughlin has also composed all of the pieces for his Beginning Clarinet Songbook as well as his Beginning Jazz Studies.
More information about some of Coughlin’s compositions and recordings.