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What you need to know about taking private lessons

Most importantly: You will need to practice! The teacher is there to guide and instruct, but they can't practice for you. The more effort you put in yourself the greater the results. Consistent focused work will pay off over time; don't expect immediate results, but do trust in the process.

Philosophy: 
In addition to playing with other people (i.e. participating in a band or orchestra) I believe that the three most important elements of becoming a great oboist are diligent practice, effective lessons, and frequent listening.  As far as listening goes, you can go to live concerts, check out CDs, surf YouTube, and tune into the radio.  In this area, the classical stations are 90.9 WETA and 91.5 WBJC. It is also helpful to keep an "oboe journal" with your questions, realizations, and progress. I would also recommend regularly recording yourself to track your progress and to help you learn to become your own teacher.

A note about reeds: 
You need a well balanced reed in order to make a good sound.  As long as you play the oboe, you will always need to have a supply of reeds.  Unfortunately, reeds do not last forever and can break easily, so it is a good idea to have more than one working reed at all times. The better the reed, the better you will sound. Beginners generally purchase reeds from their teacher or other supplier, but eventually oboists should learn to make and play on their own reeds. I am happy to teach reed making to intermediate and advanced students.

Policy: If you cannot make it to your scheduled lesson time, you must notify me at least 24 hours in advance.  If you do not show up to a scheduled lesson, you will still be charged.