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Shannon S.

51 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaching since 1989
  • BA-Performance from Univ of MO-KC, Winona State Univ
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Shannon S.

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All levels beginning through college / adult.

Affiliations:
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About Shannon

AFFILIATIONS: Music: AAUP, AFM, ASOL/LAO, CMS, HFC, NFA, IDRS, ICS, NASA. Fitness: ISSA, NDETA, ASHI, USAT, LCT, BAM, HRTC. -------------- MUSIC (see fitness below): Shannon has numerous years experience teaching all skill levels on woodwinds, and beginning-intermediate piano & classical str

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Asoneth M.
Shannon is pleasant and caring. She is patient too. She loves when learners ask questions and she has the patience to answer them. My daughter loves her.
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Christina G.
Ms. Shannon is really patient with her students. She is dedicated to her job and genuinely wants the best for her students. She invests time energy to making sure her students can play at their full potential.
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Lee Q.

39 Reviews
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Starting at $35
  • Teaching since 1995
  • Master of Music in Instrumental Pedagogy, Bassoon from Belmont University
  • Awarded Army Achievement Medal from U.S. Army
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Lee Q.

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Lee is an accomplished bassoonist and “reed doctor” who can direct students to the best bassoon reeds and accessories as well as offer the best advice on starting and developing skills on bassoon. 

Lee uses the New Weissenborn Method with new players and offers a library of elementary solo pieces, standard bassoon literature and orchestral excerpts.

Lee received a Master of Music degree in Bassoon Pedagogy (Belmont University) and graduated from Loyola University New Orleans (Bachelor of Music Education), where she performed as principal bassoonist for both orchestras.

Lee also graduated from the U.S. Armed Forces School of Music and served as a Bassoon Player in the U.S. Army with the 1st Cavalry Division Band.

About Lee

Minimum ages: 8 for ukulele (30 minutes max) 10 for guitar/bass guitar (45 minutes max) 12 for bassoon (45-60 minutes) Lisa "Lee" Q. is a teacher, conductor and multi-instrumentalist with comprehensive experience in music instruction and performance, including orchestra, concert band, fol

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Michael K.
Lee is an exceptional instructor and excellent at helping us with Ukulele from beginner to experienced musician. She is also great with our young son with lots of patience yet a great touch teaching him over the internet. Her computer skills are good too running our lessons efficiently yet fun and lively!
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Lee Quick has been an exceptional online bassoon instructor for our 15 year old from middle school into high school. We have had experience with face to face lessons with two other highly regarded private instructors and, in comparison, the online lessons with Lee have been consistently enjoyable and a highlight of the week for our daughter. Lee provided very helpful hints and tips for perfecting performances with the school orchestra the regional youth orchestra. Lee also helped our daughter sustain her interest and skill on the instrument by providing music and suggestions for exercises and continued development when she was not formally involved in any performance programs. Highly recommended.
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Jack F.

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  • Teaching since 2015
  • Bachelor of Music - Bassoon Performance from Sacramento State University
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Jack F.

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I am an active performer and teacher of bassoon, and am still an active learner on my instrument. Lessons with me are fun, engaging, and informative on this unique and often difficult instrument. I strive for my students to love the bassoon and enjoy working on their craft, whether a beginning band student or an aspiring professional. I earned my Bachelors of Music in Bassoon Performance from Sacramento State University and am currently earning my Masters of Music in Bassoon Performance at University of North Carolina, Greensboro. I also can help with reed making and adjusting, I make all of my own reeds and have for years.

About Jack

Jack Fanning has been teaching the bassoon since 2015. He is currently available to teach lessons online, or at the student’s home (and is ready and willing to travel within the NC Triad area). Jack aims to make each lesson fun, enjoyable, educational, and informative. He has helped middle school a

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Jessica M.
Our daughter was amazed and in "Ah" with all she learned in just her first lesson with Jack. It was fantastic to see her excitement again for private lessons. So excited she wanted to continue playing and practicing even after the session. Thank you, Jack! She wanted me to let you know she is looking forward to many more days like this!😁👍
Ali
Jack is a friendly, encouraging instructor---a great match for my 11-year-old daughter. He's obviously an expert bassoonist, but does a fantastic job of explaining things clearly and simply for the less-advanced student. My daughter can't wait for her next bassoon lesson with Jack!
Claire
Very knowledgeable and friendly, and a great communicator about bassoon technique. Today was my daughter’s first lesson with Jack - She learned so much and has some good assignments to work on before the next lesson. We totally recommend Jack as an instructor!
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Kristilyn W.

38 Reviews
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  • Awarded Best Horn Player from Modern Times Magazine
  • Teaches students 8 and up
  • Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in Bassoon Performance from The Ohio State University
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Kristilyn W.

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I'm a professional, classically trained bassoonist that plays with orchestras, chamber ensembles, and rock bands. I've been teaching private lessons for over 15 years and I'm available to work with students at any age and skill level including beginners, intermediate students who want to improve their skills (or are picking up the bassoon after time away), as well as advanced students looking for audition and performance coaching. Lessons with me are always positive, supportive, and tailored to each individual's goals and needs.

My method of teaching is motivating and rewarding, and my students always succeed on their scale tests, Region and All State auditions, and college auditions. We can work on major and minor scales, beginner to advanced etudes, solo literature, audition etudes, orchestral excerpts, contemporary music and extended techniques, music theory, and more.

About Kristilyn

I am a classically trained bassoonist with a passion for all types of music. I received my Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in bassoon performance from the Ohio State University, and my Masters of Music in bassoon performance from Arizona State University. In addition to holding faculty positions

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I can’t say enough good things about Kristilyn. She is very inviting, extremely knowledgeable and is the perfect teacher for me. I would highly recommend her for in person lessons!
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Alyssa W.

22 Reviews
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  • B.A. Music from Rhode Island College
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 2015
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Alyssa W.

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Lesson content depends on the individual student, as I structure our time together depending on individual needs. Lessons can be relaxed or fast-paced, depending on what you desire to get from them.
All lessons include some combination of warm-up, scales and basic exercises, and solo literature appropriate to level. For more advanced students, we will discuss basic theory and ear training.

About Alyssa

Hi there, I'm so glad you're here! I am a supportive and encouraging teacher willing to teach all ages and abilities. It is my firm belief that music is for everyone! I am currently pursuing my Master of Arts in Teaching at Rhode Island College. I studied Oboe Performance at Longy School of

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Excellent teacher. Does really well with my 14 year old son teaching oboe. Very flexible with scheduling.
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Thomas W.

46 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 1998
  • BS Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University
  • Awarded Dean's List from The Pennsylvania State University
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Thomas W.

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I can help beginning students on bassoon learn the basics.

About Thomas

Thomas J. W. is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over twenty years of experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, orchestra director, private instructor, arranger

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Anneliese & Sophia C.
He’s very patient and kind especially for 2 active little girls.
Cindy
Thomas is honestly an amazing musician and teacher. He was really patient with me. Despite having to deal with major timezone differences (as I live in Myanmar), he took the time to figure it out. Also, he helped me figure out the stuff it took me months to figure out. He also really knows what he's doing. I learned so much in that hour of practice. 10/10 would recommend him.
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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing bassoon teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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The average cost of 60-minute bassoon lessons is $79. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $35 and $179 per hour.
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"Kristilyn is clear in her instructions, supportive and constructive in her feedback, and attentive to my progress and how I can improve. She has helped to make progress on the bassoon feasible and enjoyable for me."
Lisa Gutting
Took Bassoon lessons from Kristilyn W.
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"Galina has been working with our 8th grade son on bassoon for a year and he loves it! She is a kind, generous, and knowledgeable teacher. She has patiently prepared him for auditions, improving his technique and musicality, but she also makes lessons fun by playing duets with him. She is also teaching him to make reeds. And she is very easy to work with in scheduling, and has seamlessly moved to remote lessons in the current situation. We are lucky to have found her as a teacher."
michelle
Took Bassoon lessons from Eva Galina K.
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"Our son first time playing bassoon. Base on my son experience, he find Joshua to be very nice, patients, and explains a lot of information. It help him understand about the instrument and the sound when he play. He do have a sense of humor which help my son to have fun and be more comfortable. He also teaches other instruments, too. Highly recommended to everyone!!!!"
Cameron
Took Bassoon lessons from Joshua B.
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"First lesson went well!"
Audrey
Took Bassoon lessons from Tina D.
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"Lisa is a wonderful teacher! Makes everything crystal clear and is very patient and kind. Helped improve my skills tremendously. Would definite recommend."
Gabe
Took Bassoon lessons from Lee Q.
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"Kristilyn is a great teacher. I have only been playing bassoon for four months and she has taught me several things that have helped me to play better. Even though I have had only one lesson from her I know by her instructions I will improve. I plan on continuing lessons with her and recommend her to anyone needing bassoon lessons."
Jordan
Took Bassoon lessons from Kristilyn W.
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"My son was very nervous at first but the instructor made him feel almost at home. The lesson was very interesting and fun . I would recommend this to anyone that is interested in getting better."
Keyvon
Took Bassoon lessons from Randall K.
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"Kristilyn is very positive and encouraging, while guiding her pupil to be better. I was nervous about doing music lessons on line, but finding a local bassoon instructor was proving very difficult. I'm glad we found Take Lessons and Kristilyn."
Owen
Took Bassoon lessons from Kristilyn W.
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"Our daughter had taken in person lessons for years. When her instructor retired we really didn't know what to do. Bassoon instructors aren't very common where we live. She was very nervous about taking on line lessons but Alyssa put her at ease. It seems like she could really relate to Alyssa.
Alyssa really helped her get through many of the issues she was having with a new instrument and new high school band.
We will go back to her again for sure!"
Dee Anne
Took Bassoon lessons from Alyssa W.
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"Great teacher and knows a lot of what she is doing"
Janet
Took Bassoon lessons from Kristilyn W.
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Bassoonists are empowered to produce a wide range of pitches and sounds with a variety of tones and characters. They're commonly members of orchestras and concert bands, and bassoonists are also often prominently featured in chamber music. Although it's common for them to voice the bass and tenor sections of an orchestra or ensemble, bassoonists also often enjoy the privilege of playing solo. 

The bassoon is a double reed instrument (it uses two vibrating reeds to produce sound) that belongs to the woodwind family. Bassoon music is commonly written in the bass and tenor clefs and, occasionally, in treble clef. They're available in two sizes bassoon and double bassoon (contrabassoon), which plays a full octave lower than the regular bassoon. 

A very long instrument, the bassoon breaks down into separate parts. Including the reed, bassoons are comprised of six separate parts. Learning how to properly and carefully assemble these to build a complete bassoon will be one of the first things you study when you learn to play bassoon. 

Why Learn to Play Bassoon?

The most important reason one should choose to learn to play the bassoon is for the love of its unique timbre, tonal qualities, and music composed specially for its range and sound. Some of these pieces include exquisite works composed by Debussy, Vivaldi, Stravinsky, Ravel, Berlioz, and Saint Seans. 

In spite of its beautiful sound, fewer musicians choose the bassoon compared to other orchestral instruments. As a result, bassoon players tend to have less competition and more opportunities when it comes to auditioning for bands, orchestras, and other ensembles. If you learn to play the bassoon, you'll likely find plenty of opportunities in your own neighborhood to play professionally or in amateur ensembles. 

The Best Way to Learn Bassoon and What You'll Study in Bassoon Classes

It's easy to find plenty of free bassoon lessons online, but the best way to learn is by studying with a private bassoon tutor. With your teacher's undivided attention and prompt feedback, you'll overcome challenges quickly and learn new techniques fast. Plus, you'll avoid developing any bad habits that could potentially become detrimental to your improvement. 

You'll stay motivated and energized in private lessons, as you enjoy course content customized to your individual interests. No two lessons are alike, and private tutors personalize each lesson based on the student's interests, abilities, and preferred learning styles. For example, bassoon classes for children differ greatly in terms of teaching style and course content from bassoon lessons for adults. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Bassoon Lessons

If you have little to no previous experience playing the bassoon, then beginner lessons are for you. In beginner bassoon lessons, you'll learn all the basic techniques and musical theory needed for a proper introduction to playing the bassoon. From the start, you'll begin to develop good habits, like proper posture and embouchure. In beginner lessons, your bassoon tutor might cover the following topics:

  • Instrument anatomy and care
  • Proper hold, posture, and embouchure
  • Bassoon fingering, scales, and playing simple melodies
  • Reading musical notation
  • Introduction to music theory

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Bassoon Lessons

If you're already familiar with the basics of music theory, reading musical notation, and playing bassoon, then intermediate lessons are for you. In intermediate bassoon classes, you'll learn new techniques and improve your skills, as you challenge yourself to play increasingly complex bassoon music. Your bassoon teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Master your instrument's full range: extremely high and low notes
  • Multiphonics and microtones
  • Key rattles and slaps
  • Playing with the reed removed
  • Tonguing techniques

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Bassoon Lessons

Advanced lessons are intended for students who have extensive experience playing bassoon. Advanced course content greatly depends on the student's individual goals, interests, and reasons for continuing to study with a private tutor. You'll overcome personal challenges and perfect your instrument's tone and your bassoon playing techniques. In advanced lessons, your bassoon teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Sight reading
  • Soloing and improvisation
  • Polishing dynamics and expressive playing
  • Audition coaching
  • Performance preparation

How to Find a Bassoon Teacher Near You

If you're ready to join a concert band or headline a solo bassoon concert, then you'll need to find a teacher. Luckily, it's easy to find a bassoon tutor near you on TakeLessons. A quick search will lead you to a long list of highly qualified and experienced teachers who offer bassoon lessons near you and online. We recommend browsing several profiles and reading reviews left by other aspiring bassoonists. 

The price of bassoon classes varies, but most teachers base rates on the length and frequency of lessons. With so many teachers to choose from, you'll have no problem finding a private bassoon teacher who can accommodate both your budget and your schedule. Plus, as you learn quickly and improve after your very first lessons, you'll find that private bassoon classes are well worth the investment.