Cassandra Bendickson
Tucson, AZ
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Cassandra Bendickson

Cassandra B.

Tucson, AZ
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experienced bassoon teacher of 10 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of musical skills (listening, critical thinking, problem solving, perseverance, etc) and joy in music. Materials used include standard method books, ABRSM solos, as well as pop and movie tunes according to interests of students.

About Cassandra B.

Hello there! I've been playing bassoon for decades, and teaching regularly for over 10 years. I have a Masters degree in Bassoon Performance from the University of Arizona and play in all sorts of ways all around Southern Arizona and internationally. My students age from adult all the way down to 5th grade and every lesson is tailored to the individual needs of the student, focusing on a strong foundation and musicality. Students are encouraged to perform solos twice per year, listen to bassoon recordings and videos, practice regularly and attend lessons, and to participate in community ensembles and performing groups.

Also registered with the Music Link Foundation and on faculty with the Casas Adobes Fine Arts Academy, as well as teaching out of the Music and Dance Academy of Tucson and Oro Valley spaces when teaching in person is again happening.

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My daughter has been taking lessons with Cassandra for 7 years. She is knowledgeable, kind, caring, and compassionate. She dedicates herself to her students and goes above and beyond to create educational experiences both in and outside the classroom. Her prices are very reasonable and she devotes extra time and energy to ensure all the tools needed for success with a double reed instrument are in place. She works well with beginning elementary students all the way through to college students auditioning for elite music studios. She is well connected in the bassoon community. It would be impossible to find a better instructor. My daughter will miss her when she is away in college.

Posted Jun 1, 2020
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I switched from trombone to bassoon in my sophomore year of high school and took lessons with Cassandra for my junior and senior years. In that time, I learned faster and better than with any music instructor I've had in my life. Part of it was the necessity of learning how to play at a high school level incredibly rapidly, but most of it was due to Cassandra making it easy and fun to learn and practice. She was amazing at identifying bad habits or roadblocks before they became huge issues that were hard to address and coming up with solutions to help me get past them. And more than anything, she made me confident enough in my skill to truly enjoy practicing and playing again.

Posted May 27, 2020
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Wonderfully motivating and terrifically skilled at teaching music, Cassandra was a blessed find for us as a bassoon teacher. Her knowledge of bassoon is extensive -and not just for playing and learning music - where to rent, how find quality supplies at a reasonable cost, on the fly simple repairs, who to go for more complex instrument maintenance,etc.... Lastly her connections in our local community allow for exposure and advancement if that is your kid’s path - or just fun and some enjoyable, confidence building performance experiences

Posted May 15, 2020
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Cassandra gives your bassoonist a ton of support and encouragement. There are lessons on detailed intonation, selecting appropriate pieces as well as practical details on how to make and maintain all the particulars of your bassoon reeds. She is warm, thoughtful, and has an amazing amount of experience in various kinds of music.

Posted May 14, 2020
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As an adult student I’ve had multiple bassoon teachers over the years and Cassandra is by far the best! She is a skilled bassoonists and has all the technical skills, but even more importantly she makes it fun, approachable and inspires her students to love the bassoon and music in general! I’d highly recommend her for kids and adults, Beginner’s or experienced players alike who want to master the bassoon in a positive way.

Posted May 14, 2020

Photos & Videos

5 Photos & Videos


May 2014 - Present


Bassoon quartets of stunning awesomeness! Occasionally also duets and trios, but all bassoon all the time.

Jul 1999 - Present


Solos, duets, quartets, quintets.. clubs, churches, recordings, recital halls, festivals... If you've got a gig, I've got a bassoon. And I know how to play it. What's your superpower? :)

Bassoon Soloist
Dec 2019 - Dec 2019

Foothills Philharmonic

Bassoon soloist for Vivaldi's Concerto in G minor with the Foothills Philharmonic, conducted by Laszlo Veres

Sep 2012 - Dec 2017


Garage classical chamber ensemble in Tucson, AZ.

Founder, Bassoonist
Dec 2013 - Jan 2015

Church of Beethoven Tucson

Curate performances of music and spoken word in a community environment.

Principal Bassoon
Aug 1998 - Oct 2008

Catalina Chamber Orchestra

Personnel Manager
Jul 2001 - Jul 2007

Catalina Chamber Orchestra

Arranger of chairs, stands, musicians, and rehearsals for the Tucson/Catalina Chamber Orchestra.

Principal Bassoon
Sep 1996 - Jul 2002

Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra

Bassoon Soloist
Apr 2002 - Apr 2002

Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra

Bassoon Soloist for the Elgar "Romance for Bassoon and Orchestra" with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Warren Cohen.


Masters in Bassoon Performance
Aug 2008 - May 2011

University of Arizona

Bassoon Performance
Aug 1993 - May 1999

University of Arizona



Limited Proficiency


Master of Music in Bassoon Performance
May 2011

University of Arizona


New Works Project Grant
Jun 2019

Arts Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona

Concerto Competition Runner-Up
Mar 1994

Tucson Symphony Women's Association

Most Likely to Be Fed to the Javelinas
Jul 1988

Arizona State University Middle School Band Camp


American Federation of Musicians
Oct 2009
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.
International Double Reed Society
May 1997
The International Double Reed Society (IDRS) was established in December of 1971 and is a world-wide organization of double reed (oboe and bassoon family) players, instrument manufacturers and enthusiasts. The society has over 4,400 members from 56 countries. Within the United States, 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are represented.

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