I teach oboe, flute, and recorder, as well as preparing students for regional and college auditions. 


I also teach historical oboe and present master classes in baroque performance practice.


At all levels of instruction ― whether the learner is an 8-year-old just starting to read music, a high school student auditioning for a competition, a doctoral student about to open her own studio, or an adult taking music lessons for the very first time  ― our goal is always:


To develop 

the technical and musical skills

to play with ease, awareness,
and enjoyment.

"We first met Joyce when my son was starting fifth grade.  He had started the oboe the previous year, but he was frustrated by the difficulty of the instrument and his lack of progress.  Within weeks of working with Joyce, the difference was remarkable. Not only did he start to sound like he was playing the oboe, but he was motivated and enthusiastic about practicing.  During the four years that he has studied with Joyce, he has shown enormous growth as a musician. Most importantly, he remains enthusiastic and is entirely self-motivated, practicing on his own each night. He has developed an understanding and a love of music that I know will be with him for life."  — Joan B.

This is a 90-minute workshop for band directors who are teaching young oboists in their band or starting oboe players in beginning wind classes. The oboe isn’t difficult – but it’s different.  During the last 30 minutes I’ll be happy to work with one of your students.

"Let's get ready for band" is a set of eight 30-minute recorder and music notation lessons for 3rd or 4th grade students who will be starting band instruments in the fall.

I provide audition coaching  preparing scales, sight-reading, and the required audition pieces or etudes for student musicians who are auditioning for regional, district, and all-state auditions.  

Do you have an old flute in the closet gathering dust?  Do you wish that you had learned to play an instrument when you were young?  Are you trying to help your children with their music studies but have no idea where to start? 


It's not too late, even if you can't read a note of music. Yes, you can do it!

At the time of this writing, I am teaching all lessons and classes online.  Particularly for wind instruments, it is safest for both teacher and students.  The silver lining is that teaching online allows me to connect with students many miles from Boston!

These are challenging times.   Family budgets are stretched; parents' schedules are stretched as they work online and home-school their children.  

To help with financial planning,  I structure instruction in courses of eight lessons of 30 or 60 minutes.  These eight lessons can be scheduled on a weekly basis or every other week, however it fits best with your family's schedule.  I try to maintain as much flexibility as possible.

My studio is in Dedham, MA, convenient to Routes 1, 95, and 128. There is ample on-street parking.

Call or email for the location.

I provide online instruction via Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime.

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