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"Help! There's an oboe player in my band!"

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"Help! There's an oboe player in my band!" is a 90-minute online tutorial for school band directors and instructors who are teaching oboe players in beginning wind classes or in their school bands.

I've taught woodwinds at all levels from beginners through doctoral students preparing to launch their own studios.  BY FAR, the instruction that requires the most skill and knowledge is starting beginning oboes.  The oboe isn’t difficult – but it’s different.


In this session I share many of the explanations and techniques that I use to help beginning students sound like oboe players within five or six weeks.  Because many of the band directors teaching elementary winds are flute, clarinet, or sax players, I specifically address the embouchure, articulation, and instrument position differences for the oboe. 

During the last 30 minutes of the session, if you'd like, I’ll work with one of your oboe students, supplementing the work that you've already done or starting a new student from the beginning,  


Specific topics include:

  • Explaining oboe embouchure (NOT like a flute, clarinet, or saxophone)

  • Explaining articulation (NOT like a flute)

  • Holding the oboe (NOT like a clarinet)

  • Preparing the reed (NOT like a clarinet or saxophone)

  • Hand position and why it's important

  • Alternate F fingerings (absolutely necessary for elementary band music in B flat) and why many of the fingering charts in band books are wrong

  • Breath management and air focus (NOT like a flute)

  • Teaching oboe students to play oboe softly.  (It can be done!)

  • Reeds, Reeds, Reeds: techniques for adjusting store-bought reeds

  • And anything else you'd like to know about teaching the oboe.

The fee for the 90-minute session is $95.  If you don't have an oboe yourself, that's OK.  But it would be helpful to have a reed.    

Do you want to switch a student to oboe from from flute, clarinet or saxophone?  Please don't hand them an oboe, a store-bought reed, and a fingering chart, while casually mentioning that there are three fingerings for F, as well as three octave keys!


I can launch them in the right direction with five 30-minute lessons plus two reeds that actually work.  After 5 lessons, they'll have a methodology for switching back and forth between the oboe and their current instrument.   Most important, they will understand that the oboe isn't more difficult; it's just different.

The fee is $125 -- we can do it online.

Jump-start the switch!