David Coons
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David Coons

David C.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
My teaching philosophy centers around you, the student! Learning oboe is a wonderful journey to embark upon and I am here to get you started. We will go over the fundamentals of oboe and music overall. But most importantly, we will focus on what you want to get out of your lessons. Do you want to play a piece of music for your family? Perhaps work on making your very own reeds! I am excited to be your oboe teacher, and I can't wait to begin.

About David C.

David, a native of Syracuse, NY, has been playing oboe for over 10 years and earned his B.M. in Music Business and oboe performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. He is currently working on his M.M. in Music Performance at Northern Illinois University where he studies oboe with Emily Fagan.

David has performed with the Spokane Historical Concert Orchestra and the Central Winds Wind Ensemble in Syracuse, NY. He has also been a substitute musician in the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra in Coeur d’Alene, ID and has performed in the pit orchestra of Spokane Civic Theater’s production of Mary Poppins. Most recently David has been a finalist in Northern Illinois University’s Concerto Competition and has performed with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL.

While working in the music business, David visited oboe manufacturers in France, Germany, and the USA to gain valuable insight into the oboe. With his knowledge of the double reed industry, David has given seminars on manufactured reeds at SUNY Potsdam.

As an instructor, David has taught private and group lessons, as well as coached small woodwind ensembles at Illinois Summer Youth Music and Northern Illinois University.

David brings a supportive and upbeat approach to teaching oboe. He strives to guide his students to be better oboe players but also better musicians as a whole.


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Leela P.
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Leela learned more in that first 45 minutes than she has in weeks of lessons at school. Her confidence was boosted and she is super excited about the next lesson. David is kind and thoughtful and patient.

Posted Dec 9, 2020

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Educational Sales Representative
Aug 2019 - May 2020

Music & Arts

– Managed relationships with music educators from 15 districts – Provided support to band, orchestra, and general music programs – Offered weekly visits to schools for product delivery and instrument rentals

Reed Testing Supervisor
Jan 2018 - Aug 2019

Jones Double Reed Products

– Supervised a small team of double reed testers – Maintained quality control over multiple products – Assisted the General Manager with administrative tasks – Met with K-12 band directors to assist with double reed needs

Guest Artist
Jun 2019 - Jun 2019

Illinois Summer Youth Music

– Taught group reed making classes – Assisted with private lessons for oboe campers – Gave presentations on the double reed music business


Master of Music in Music Performance (oboe)
Aug 2020 - Present

Northern Illinois University

Bachelor of Music in Music Business
Aug 2015 - May 2018

The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam



Fluent / Native Proficiency


NAMM Innovation Award
May 2018

National Association of Music Merchants


International Double Reed Society
Jan 2015
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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