She is 11, been chosen to learn clarinet (only two instruments available), so although not under pressure per se she is expected to work hard at it.
She has only had one lesson so far, on Tuesday, and doesn't have another lesson for two weeks as the teacher is away. But now she has got home she can't get a note out of it, only squeaks! I can't help her because I played oboe and the embruchoure (sp?)is so different I don't want to teach her bad techniques. (However I can get notes out of it fine so I guess it's down to her technique rather than dodgy reed or anything).
I'm telling her about when I started oboe and could hardly get a sound out of it for weeks but I'm not sure she believes me. Please tell me encouraging tales of your dc's squawking away to start with - she's such a perfectionist she's finding it hard to deal with not getting it right at the moment!
I played the clarinet to Grade 8/ until I went to Uni. Has she got the thinnest/softest reeds - if they are very hard this will make it harder to get the notes. Alternatively, I used to suck the top of my reed for a few minutes before playing to make it softer/ warmer.
It may also just be a case of relaxing a bit.
If you google clarinet embouchure you'll find lots of good advice/ pictures etc.