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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.

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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.

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Due to the pandemic, many students missed out on recorder classes that taught basic music skills that prepared them for learning band instruments. 

"Let's get ready for band" is a set of eight 30-minute classes for 3rd or 4th grade students.  Using recorders, we learn the basics of note-reading and counting, as well as the fundamentals of playing a wind instrument.

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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? 

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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 have been teaching all lessons and classes online for the past year.  There are challenges, but but it has been wonderful to be able 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.

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However, there are some skills that can be taught more easily in person.  For example, at the moment it's impossible to play duets with students using the typical home wi-fi setup.  I miss playing duets with students!  Now that a significant portion of the population has been vaccinated (including me), I'm opening the studio for in-person lessons for any students who have been vaccinated. 

In order to have the best of both worlds, I'm offering students and parents the option of a hybrid lesson schedule, with some lessons online and some in person.