Kristilyn Woods

Kristilyn W.

Tempe, AZ
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I'm a professional, classically trained bassoonist that plays with orchestras, chamber ensembles, and rock bands. I've been teaching private lessons for over 15 years and I'm available to work with students at any age and skill level including beginners, intermediate students who want to improve their skills (or are picking up the bassoon after time away), as well as advanced students looking for audition and performance coaching. Lessons with me are always positive, supportive, and tailored to each individual's goals and needs.

My method of teaching is motivating and rewarding, and my students always succeed on their scale tests, Region and All State auditions, and college auditions. We can work on major and minor scales, beginner to advanced etudes, solo literature, audition etudes, orchestral excerpts, contemporary music and extended techniques, music theory, and more.

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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Kristilyn is an excellent, knowledgeable, kind, helpful, and extremely professional instructor....looking forward to more lessons with her!!

Posted Nov 17, 2020
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Time flies so quick. I was looking back at and realized that my son had his first bassoon lesson with Kristilyn on Oct 8 2017. Now he is a high school senior and planning to pursue his music education at the college – that is a testimony to Kristilyn’s contribution.

Posted Sep 3, 2020
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Posted Jul 28, 2020
Faith W.
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Great teacher. She was very knowledgable and very personable. Looking forward to the next lessons

Posted Jul 14, 2020
Alyse Stehl
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I can’t say enough good things about Kristilyn. She is very inviting, extremely knowledgeable and is the perfect teacher for me. I would highly recommend her for in person lessons!

Posted Mar 3, 2020
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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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Posted Jan 14, 2018
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Good lesson.

Posted Dec 10, 2017
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Great teacher and knows a lot of what she is doing

Posted Nov 18, 2017
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Posted Oct 8, 2017
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super helpful!! thank you so much :)

Posted Sep 21, 2017
Michael L.
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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.

Posted Sep 4, 2017
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Posted Aug 16, 2017
Lisa Gutting
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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.

Posted Jul 28, 2017
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Posted Jul 7, 2017
Jordan P.
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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.

Posted Mar 31, 2017
Aiden P.
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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.

Posted Feb 23, 2017
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Elijah R.
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She was patient and helpful with my son and gave him suggestions to make it easier

Posted Sep 15, 2016
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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.

Posted Jun 24, 2016
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Great first lesson!

Posted Apr 13, 2016
Jodi T.
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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.

Posted Mar 4, 2016
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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. :)

Posted Jan 9, 2016
Nikolaus F.
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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.

Posted Dec 18, 2015
Andrew P.
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Kristilyn is a great teacher! I am looking forward to continuing!

Posted Dec 10, 2015
Emma Stephenson
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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!

Posted Nov 30, 2015
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Kristilyn is fantastic! Very patient and knowledgeable.

Posted Sep 30, 2015
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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.

Posted Jul 2, 2015
Caleb L.
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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!

Posted Feb 19, 2015

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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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