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.

Hello and welcome to my lesson page!

I received my Bachelor of Music in Music Business with a certificate of performance in oboe from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in 2018. Since graduating I have gained extensive experience in educational outreach, teaching, and leadership through various organizations I've been a part of. I held the position of Testing Supervisor at Jones Double Reed Products; I've given reed-making presentations and assisted in teaching/coaching at Illinois Summer Youth Music; I've also traveled and worked at industry gatherings like The NAMM Show and the International Double Reed Society Conference.

When you take lessons from me you can expect to learn and grow on main concepts each week, but you can also expect to gain a well-rounded understanding of the oboe. I've spent time with double reed industry leaders, visited oboe makers in France and Germany, and even toured a cane field. I can't wait to share my experiences with you so you may expand your view of the oboe!

Whether you are new to the oboe or have prior experience, I will help you get you where you want to be. Through warmups and scales to repertoire and reed-making, I'll guide you to become a better oboe player and a more well-rounded musician!


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Reed Testing Supervisor
Jan 2018 - Aug 2019

Jones Double Reed Products

During my time at Jones Double Reed Products, I had a wide array of responsibilities. I oversaw a group of reed testers to manage quality control before the products were shipped. I met with K-12 band teachers to facilitate conversations about reeds and their band programs. I was able to travel to Illinois Summer Youth Music and offer reed-making presentations, as well as coach a woodwind quintet and provide supplemental lessons to campers.


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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