Dalton Swallows

Dalton is a freelance clarinetist living and working in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Before a recent move, he was attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for his Master of Music Performance and Literature and Tennessee Tech University for a Bachelor of Music in Performance and Pedagogy.

During his career, Dalton has performed with several chamber groups and as a soloist in Illinois, Tennessee, Indiana, Arizona, Texas, and Minnesota. Dalton has also played with the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Decatur Symphony, the Heartland Festival Orchestra, the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, and other regional symphonies. Dalton has taught a variety of students from first time beginners, college students, adults of all ages, and everyone in between.

In his free time, Dalton enjoys watching movies, hanging out with friends, playing with dogs, and knitting! His current project is learning to make hand-knitted chunky blankets!




Geographic areas served

Available for lessons virtually, in home within a 20 mile radius of Golden Valley, and at the Opus studios in Robbinsdale, St. Louis Park, and Plymouth.


  • $32 / half hour lesson
  • $52.50 / hour lesson
  • $5 more per in home lesson

Attendance policy

Cancelled lessons require a 12-hour notice for a credit or rescheduled lesson to be considered. If instructor needs to cancel a lesson, a credit or rescheduled lesson will be honored. No show/no call or cancellations less than 12 hours in advance will be considered a paid lesson.

Teaching Philosophy

Every person should have access to beautiful and diverse music from a vast range or eras and cultures and I strive to make this available and enjoyable for everyone. It is vital to the success of every student to have a solid foundation of fundamentals and skills to be successful and achieve their personal musical goals. No two students will learn the same way and it’s important to me to adapt my way of teaching to accommodate every student so their lessons are full and memorable.