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 professional musician learning more about historical oboes, or an adult amateur picking up her flute after a 30-year hiatus, 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.
How do you explain oboe embouchure? What about reeds? How can you get a young oboist to play softly? During the last 30 minutes I’ll be happy to work with one of your students.
I provide coaching — preparing scales, sight-reading, and the required audition pieces or etudes — for students who are auditioning for regional, district, and all-state festivals.
The process includes multiple practice auditions, as well as learning techniques for dealing with those pesky nerves.
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 (Winter 2022), I am teaching all lessons and classes online. Yes, there are challenges. But it has been wonderful to connect with students many miles from Boston! Online instruction enables far more flexibility for students, parents, and the teacher. And we can continue with lessons during the snowy New England days; there is no need to cancel lessons because the roads haven't been plowed.
I look forward to the day that in-person instruction can resume for wind instruments. It's impossible to play duets with students using the typical home wi-fi setup. I miss playing duets with students! But given the facts that that 1) one can't play the oboe or flute with a tight-fitting mask, and 2) the current version of COVID seems highly transmissible, it seems best not to teach in person.
What about adjusting reeds for oboe students? Currently I'm fixing reeds and sending them to students via mail. (Yes, I sterilize them first!) It's not perfect - it's so much easier to adjust a reed for a student when I can hear the student play it - but it's the best that we can do. And I teach reed adjustment workshops for students who want to learn to adjust their own reeds.
I sincerely hope that by the time Spring rolls around, we can resume lessons outdoors. Fingers crossed! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.