Kristilyn Woods

Kristilyn W.

Tempe, AZ
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About Kristilyn W.

I am a classically trained bassoonist with a passion for all types of music. I received my Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in bassoon performance from the Ohio State University, and my Masters of Music in bassoon performance from Arizona State University.

In addition to holding faculty positions at Grand Canyon University and Paradise Valley Community College, I teach a large studio of both online and in-person bassoon students. I also perform with symphonies and classical chamber music groups all over the country. Outside of the classical world, I am a founding member of the band Dry River Yacht Club, which has gone on tours, played music festivals, and recorded 3 studio albums.

I love working with students on an individual level, finding out what motivates and inspires them, and helping each one accomplish his or her personal goals. Lessons with me focus on technical precision while also developing listening skills, focus, sensitivity, and appreciation for refinement and beauty.

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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2001
  • Teaches students 8 and up

Reviews (36)

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Nicolae (Nic) B. Dec 30, 2019
Bassoon · Online

Michael L. Oct 15, 2019
Bassoon · Online

Felix Apr 14, 2019
Bassoon · Online

Michael L. Apr 13, 2019
Bassoon · Online

Holden R. Mar 31, 2019
Bassoon · Online

Ping Dec 21, 2018
Bassoon · Online

Adam Nov 18, 2018
Bassoon · Online

Caryl B. Sep 23, 2018
Bassoon · Online

Am a beginner with musical background on other instruments. Have only had one lesson so far, but it was great. Kristilyn communicates concepts simply and clearly and puts you at ease. A true educator, she understand where you are having problems and knows how to help you fix them. She not only explains the 'how,' but also the 'why,' and teaches with comparisons to common every day actions to illustrate concepts as they relate to playing the bassoon. She answered questions before my lesson, which greatly aided me as I was deciding which brand and model bassoon to buy. I feel lucky to have found such a person to take on a bassoon beginner. Can hardly wait to advance to be able to mine the knowledge and experience of this resource in more depth.

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Felix Aug 12, 2018
Bassoon · Online

Adam May 3, 2018
Bassoon · Online

Ping Apr 13, 2018
Bassoon · Online

Debbie Jan 14, 2018
Bassoon · Online

Owen Dec 10, 2017
Bassoon · Online

Good lesson.

Janet Nov 18, 2017
Bassoon · Online

Great teacher and knows a lot of what she is doing

Adam Oct 22, 2017
Bassoon · Online

Felix Oct 8, 2017
Bassoon · Online

Tracy Sep 21, 2017
Bassoon · Online

super helpful!! thank you so much :)

Michael L. Sep 4, 2017
Bassoon · Online

I feel that my first lesson went well. Dr. Woods had me feeling comfortable and her online instruction was very informative. I'm looking forward to working with her and hopefully I'll be playing like a pro in no time.

Zachary H. Aug 16, 2017
Bassoon · Online

Lisa Gutting Jul 28, 2017
Bassoon · Online

Kristilyn is clear in her instructions, supportive and constructive in her feedback, and attentive to my progress and how I can improve. She has helped to make progress on the bassoon feasible and enjoyable for me.

Danielle Jul 7, 2017
Bassoon · Online

Jordan P. Mar 31, 2017
Bassoon · In home

Kristilyn is a great teacher. I have only been playing bassoon for four months and she has taught me several things that have helped me to play better. Even though I have had only one lesson from her I know by her instructions I will improve. I plan on continuing lessons with her and recommend her to anyone needing bassoon lessons.

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Aiden P. Feb 23, 2017
Bassoon · Online

My son has been taking lessons from Kristilyn for about 6 months now and she has been amazing. My 16 year old is always over scheduled and Kristilyn has been more than willing to work around his schedule when the need has arisen. She has also helped him choose appropriate music for several auditions and practice for the auditions. She has stretched his limits on the bassoon with out frustrating him. We highly recommend Kristilyn as an instructor.

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Danielle Dec 16, 2016
Bassoon · Online

Harry L. Oct 29, 2016
Bassoon · Online

Elijah R. Sep 15, 2016
Bassoon · Online

She was patient and helpful with my son and gave him suggestions to make it easier

Owen Jun 24, 2016
Bassoon · Online

Kristilyn is very positive and encouraging, while guiding her pupil to be better. I was nervous about doing music lessons on line, but finding a local bassoon instructor was proving very difficult. I'm glad we found Take Lessons and Kristilyn.

Lora Apr 13, 2016
Bassoon · Online

Great first lesson!

Jodi T. Mar 4, 2016
Bassoon · Online

I was impressed after one lesson - clear, concise explanations, attention to how I learn (visual, memorization, or through physical learning) so that lessons and instructions could be tailored to my learning style. Encouraging, energetic and profesional. I couldn't be more excited to have her as a teacher and suddenly this all seems a lot less anxiety-inducing and far more enjoyable. Totally banished the bad memories of grade-school music classes, which put me off learning an instrument for many decades.

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Ian Jan 9, 2016
Bassoon · In studio

Kristilyn was my first bassoon instructor and has continued to be my favorite! She took me from being a mediocre, subpar high school bassoon player to a proficient bassoon player in under a year! She helped me audition and qualify for my high school regional honor band, as well as making me want to continue playing bassoon in college. I owe much of my improvement and love of the bassoon to Kristilyn. :)

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Nikolaus F. Dec 18, 2015
Bassoon · In studio

Kristilyn is a fantastic teacher and musician. I have know her for many years and everytime we get to work together it is always top quality and great time. I highly recommend Kristilyn for all your bassoon and music theory needs.

Andrew P. Dec 10, 2015
Bassoon · Online

Kristilyn is a great teacher! I am looking forward to continuing!

Emma Stephenson Nov 30, 2015
Bassoon · Online

Kristilyn is a great instructor. She has helped my daughter get back to playing bassoon for high school band after a one year hiatus, and she is doing great! The one on one instruction and ability to do the lessons from home make things super flexible for our busy family. I wasn't sure at first how the online lessons would work, or if it would be as effective as meeting with someone in person, but the lessons have definitely exceeded my expectations!

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Quentin Sep 30, 2015
Bassoon · In studio

Kristilyn is fantastic! Very patient and knowledgeable.

natalie Jul 2, 2015
Bassoon · Online

Kristilyn is an amazing teacher, she very kind and helps me understand my instrument, along with all of the necessities to caring for it correctly. She has helped me grow and is very interactive with me. Sometimes we would have trouble connecting but she was flexible with our times, and dates.

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Caleb L. Feb 19, 2015
Bassoon · Online

Kristilyn is great at teaching, listening and explaining. She knows everything there is to know about playing the bassoon, and I feel as though I have learned so much from her. I was unsure that online lessons would work, but they are awesome!


Adjunct Professor - Bassoon and Chamber Music
Aug 2016 - Present

Grand Canyon University

I teach private bassoon lessons, coach the woodwind chamber ensemble, instruct the chamber music literature class, and teach a variety of other music classes

Substitute Bassoon
Dec 2015 - Present

Phoenix Symphony Orchestra

Principal Bassoon
Sep 2012 - Present

Arizona Pro Arte

Principal Bassoon
Sep 2012 - Present

Scottsdale Philharmonic

Bassoon and Founding Member
Sep 2007 - Present

Dry River Yacht Club

Dry River Yacht Club is a gypsy-rock-folk band from Phoenix, AZ. A group of friends and I started this band in 2007, and since then we have toured the country, performed at music festivals, and recorded 3 studio albums. Check us out on YouTube!

Freelance Musician and Private Lesson Instructor
May 2001 - Present

Dr. Kristilyn W.

Active performer and teacher

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Bassoon Studio)
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011

The Ohio State University

- Undergraduate bassoon and reed making lessons - Chamber music coaching - Bassoon Methods (class for music education majors aka future band directors - basic playing technique and fundamental knowledge of the bassoon)


Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in Bassoon Performance
Sep 2008 - Aug 2011

The Ohio State University

Masters of Music (MM) in Bassoon Performance
Aug 2005 - May 2008

Arizona State University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Best Horn Player
Feb 2015

Modern Times Magazine


International Double Reed Society
Jan 2007
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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