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1). When you are starting out, you are going to be loud regardless, because you don't have the embouchure control to allow the reed to vibrate properly without blowing a lot of air through your horn. You are also going to be very sharp because you don't have a strong, flexible embouchure yet...

I once had a teacher tell me not to bother trying to play in tune for at least a year. I think he was right. It can take that long to get your embouchure into a 'barely suitable' situation.
There must be something more to the story than this. It is irresponsible of the teacher to encourage a student to ignore intonation for a whole year. That establishes a really bad habit.

It is not impossible to at least put the mouthpiece in the correct position on the cork. I contend that if a student can hear when they are out of tune, are close enough to do something about it, they will tend to play closer to correct pitch.
 
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