Jack Fanning
Greensboro, NC
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Jack Fanning

Jack F.

Greensboro, NC
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I actively perform with orchestra, wind ensemble, and small chamber groups and enjoy sharing my experience of music making in all different environments.

About Jack F.

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 at California State University, Sacramento and studied bassoon performance with Dr. Michael Burns at University of North Carolina, Greensboro. The tutelage of these great bassoonists fostered a love of music performance and education and sharing the magic of bassoon playing with younger students.

Jack holds a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Theory from University of North Carolina, Greensboro. His training specifically focused on pedagogy of music theory and the study of current trends in music theory.

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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Cindy S.
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Posted Jul 27, 2020
Denisa B.
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Posted Jul 19, 2020
Jessica M.
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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!😁👍

Posted Mar 11, 2019
Ali
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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!

Posted Oct 28, 2018
Claire
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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!

Posted Jun 13, 2018
Amy
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Posted Jun 13, 2018
Nicole
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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.

Posted Apr 25, 2018
M.
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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.

Posted Apr 18, 2018
Linda
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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.

Posted Apr 11, 2018

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Experience

Bassoon Instructor
Jul 2018 - Present

UNCG Summer Music Camp

Worked as the faculty instructor for America's Most Popular Music Camp in the summers of 2018 and 2019. Instructed approximately 20 young bassoonists of middle school and high school ages

Bassoonist/Contrabassoonist
Jul 2018 - Present

Long Bay Symphony

Played bassoon and contrabassoon with the Long Bay Symphony

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2017 - May 2019

University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Held position as Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Duties include playing in the graduate wind quintet, the university wind ensemble, and the teaching assistant for the Intro to Musicology course.

Bassoonist/Contrabassoonist
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

Contrabassoon
Sep 2015 - May 2017

California Youth Symphony

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

Bassoonist/Contrabassoonist
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.

Education

Master of Music - Bassoon Performance
Aug 2017 - May 2019

University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Bachelor of Music - Bassoon Performance
Sep 2013 - May 2017

Sacramento State University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Theory
May 2019

University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Affiliations

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.

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