Jack Fanning

Jack F.

Greensboro, NC
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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.
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Jack delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

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 and high school students win positions in youth orchestras and honor bands in California and North Carolina.

Jack studied bassoon performance with Dr. David Wells in Sacramento, CA, and is currently studying bassoon performance with Dr. Michael Burns in Greensboro, NC. The tutelage of these great bassoonists fostered a love of music education and sharing the magic of bassoon playing with younger students.

Jack is an accomplished bassoon reed maker and makes his reeds available to purchase for his students. The importance of a good reed to a young bassoonist is paramount; it is key to making great music and being successful from day to day.

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Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2017 - Present
UNC Greensboro

Holds position as Graduate Teaching Assistant at UNC Greensboro. Duties include playing in the graduate wind quintet and the teaching assistant for the Intro to Musicology course.

Sep 2016 - May 2017
Auburn Symphony

Played one season with the Auburn Symphony in Auburn, CA before moving to North Carolina

2nd Bassoon
Sep 2016 - May 2017
Folsom Symphony

Played one season with the Folsom Symphony in Folsom, CA before moving to North Carolina

Sep 2015 - May 2017
California Youth Symphony

Played contrabassoon on multiple occasions for this prestigious youth orchestra in Silicon Valley, CA

Sep 2014 - May 2017
Camellia Symphony

Played multiple concerts over three seasons with the Camellia Symphony. Held a full time position for the 2016-17 season

Principal Bassoon
Aug 2013 - May 2017
Sacramento State Symphony Orchestra

Played 6 concerts per season as principal bassoon and occasional contrabassoonist

Principal Bassoon
Aug 2013 - May 2017
Sacramento State Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Played multiple concerts per year as the principal bassoonist and occasional contrabassoonist

Camp Intern
Jul 2016 - Jul 2016
Bocal Majority

Worked as camp intern for Bocal Majority, the only national bassoon/oboe summer camp in the US. Duties included coaching small chamber groups and working with the campers on reed construction and adjustment.


Master of Music - Bassoon Performance
Aug 2017 - Present
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Bachelor of Music - Bassoon Performance
Sep 2013 - May 2017
Sacramento State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Pi Kappa Lambda
Apr 2016

An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.

Photos & Videos

Me and my beautiful bassoon!

Post-concert photo after performing Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony

UNCG Wind Ensemble, Collage 2017
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6 Reviews

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Ali Oct 28, 2018
Bassoon · Online

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!

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Claire Jun 13, 2018
Bassoon · Online

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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Amy Jun 13, 2018
Bassoon · Online

Nicole Apr 25, 2018
Bassoon · Online

I couldn't be more happy with the bassoon lessons that Jack has with my daughter. The online lessons are so convenient and a great way to work with this fantastic teacher. Jack's teaching style is extremely positive and supportive. He encourages my daughter to push out of her comfort zone and grow as a musician. The progress that she has made with him is incredible. He is very knowledgeable about music and integrates music theory, sight reading, and rhythm studies into their lessons. You can see that he loves playing and teaching the bassoon and that excitement carries over to my daughter. She never wants to put her bassoon down after their lessons! Lessons with Jack have been the best thing we've done to support her playing bassoon.

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M. Apr 18, 2018
Bassoon · In studio

Jack is an AMAZING bassoon player and FANTASTIC instructor. He has taught my young son for over a year. We audited other music teachers who said they taught bassoon but really only knew the basics of teaching bassoon, their real expertise were other instruments. I was particularly impressed by Jack's ability to relate to my 11 year old son. He makes learning the bassoon not only informative but engaging and fun. Jack not only teaches classical bassoon music but is open to teaching modern pieces that my son wanted to learn. (I mean, how cool is it that my 11 year old kid busts out the Star Wars Cantina Song on his bassoon.) Jack plays bassoon regularly with orchestras which gives him real world experience that he passes on to his students. When I have seen him play professionally, it amazed me that someone so young could show such majority and skill with his musical instrument. Jack is also a great problem solver. When my son has problems with a piece, Jack is able to hear the problem and give my son techniques on how to fix them. When my son had problems with the instrument itself or the double reed, Jack was able to show my son HOW to fix them and not just fix it for my son himself. I highly recommend Jack has an instructor for students both young and old.

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Linda Apr 11, 2018
Bassoon · In studio

My daughter has been taking lessons from Jack since August 2017. Along with helping a student with performance, he educates the student on bassoon history and the unique qualities of the bassoon. He is great at starting at the student's level, but will challenging the student in subtle ways. At times he can be very entertaining. He shows his mastery of the bassoon (occasionally performing to demonstrate the nuances of a difficult piece of music). My daughter has enjoyed learning from Jack.

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