Bassoon has been my main instrument and passion since 2007. I love teaching, and I've been teaching private lessons since 2015. I have taught both privately and as a coach in a few middle schools in San Francisco, helping my students learn the basics of bassoon playing (it's a tough instrument!) and musicianship through the use of etudes, solos, and band repertoire from school. I went to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and earned a degree in Bassoon Performance in 2016. Before that, I did my undergrad at the University of Wyoming (my home state) and earned my bachelors in Bassoon Performance in 2014. I'm a positive and caring person and my teaching style is energetic, yet patient, as well as supportive. I look forward to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be!
I had a private student who was a high school student. We had weekly lessons held at her residence. She really enjoyed playing the bassoon, and though she doesn't see it as a career option, she always had fun playing in band. Our lessons focused on improving her technique, especially fingerings, embouchure, and support. We worked on etudes from the Weissenborn method book as well as repertoire from her band class. She even had a few solos in her band pieces that we worked on together to improve her tone production and musicality.
Once a week for a few hours, I went to a middle school to act as a coach to supplement students' musical education. I either worked one-on-one with the bassoon students, or with a larger group of students that included oboe, saxophone, and low-brass students as well. We worked on their band repertoire and method books mostly, and I helped them work better together as a group as well as helped improve individually.