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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 workshop for school band directors who are teaching oboe players in beginning wind classes or in their school bands.

I've taught woodwinds at all level 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 usually within about 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 even starting a new student from the beginning,  

 

Specific topics include:

  • Explaining oboe embouchure and articulation (NOT like a flute)

  • Holding the oboe (NOT like a clarinet)

  • Hand position and why it's important

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

  • Techniques for explaining air focus (NOT like a flute)

  • Teaching 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 $90.  If you don't have an oboe yourself, that's OK.  But it would be helpful to have a reed.