5th/6th - use of correct embouchure, intonation basics, fingerings for District requirements, one-octave major scales, concert music and graded band assignments, beginning solos with piano accompaniment
7th/8th - high-note fingerings, two-octave major scales, Gekeler/Rubank method books, beginning reed-scraping, GMEA audition preparation, standard double-reed literature
9th/10th - Barret/Gekeler II oboe method books, reed-making, GMEA audition preparation, intro to English Horn, standard double-reed literature
11th/12th - making reed blanks and reed adjusting, college/GHP and other audition repertoire, advanced standard double-reed literature
Virtual lessons (via FaceTime, Google Duo or Skype) are available in case of quarantining. However, I do not recommend virtual lessons as a weekly option due to the nature of oboe/bassoon lessons in general (adjustments/repairs, reed-fixing, etc.). Make sure to be ready/signed-in before your lesson time, and I will call you. Keep in mind that some students have back-to-back times - I will do my best to stay on schedule!
Tips for a Successful Online Lesson:
Play in a well-lit room. If I can see you, I can help you.
Make sure your face and fingers are visible on screen.
Have a strong internet connection.
If sending music from band class, do so 24 hours before your lesson.
Have a device-charging cable handy.
*Covid-19 note: My family and I are fully vaccinated and boosted, and we will continue to stay up-to-date as new variants emerge. Virtual lessons are available anytime, and I recommend these if your child feels sick, has been exposed to Covid-19, or has been quarantined. Stay safe!