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One of my favorite instruments to teach-- I often say that my specialty is convincing people that they should play double reed instruments! Generally seen as more of a challenge, double reeds like the oboe can be frustrating for beginners, but don't worry-- I can guide you through any troubles and help you learn this beautiful instrument.
I am a freelance oboe and English horn player in the Chicagoland area. I have a Master of Music in Oboe Performance from Northern Illinois University and have been teaching for over 8 years. Music should be accessible to everyone and my teaching philosophy is to promote music understanding and education so the student can enjoy music for the rest of their life.
I offer 30, 45, and 60 min lessons either in my Long Beach studio or online. I've been teaching oboe for 8 years and my students have gone on to win scholarships and place in honor orchestras. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!
**What should you expect during your first lesson?**
If you've been playing oboe for awhile, bring the last piece of music you worked on and any method books that you've been using. I feel it's less stressful for students to begin by working on music they're already familiar with. By the end of the lesson I'll be able to assess what books would be best for you moving forward.
If you're a brand new beginner, bring the Rubank Elementary Method for Oboe book, your instrument, and reeds. Even if you've never taken your oboe out of the case or read a note of music, I'll make sure that you get off on the right foot!
I have been playing the oboe for 12 years and private teaching for the past three. I recently earned my Bachelor of Arts in Music at Butler University and am now pursuing a Master in Oboe Performance at UCLA. My students develop a deep appreciation for music and participate in a variety of ensembles. Within the first few lessons, we will establish a learning plan that is specific to your level of playing. We will focus on improvement of technicality while also cultivating musicality.
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