*Note to Parents: Please read the information on this site BEFORE renting/buying an oboe or reeds. For beginner oboe accessories needed, click here.
Oboe lessons are $30 per 30-minute lesson (taught from my home music studio), and students attend on a weekly basis. Aside from teaching music theory and improving overall tone, my curriculum is as follows:
5th/6th - use of correct embouchure, intonation basics, fingerings for District requirements, one-octave major scales, concert music and graded band assignments
7th/8th - fingerings (B-flat to high F), two-octave major scales, Rubank method book, beginning reed scraping, audition preparation
9th/10th - fingerings (up to high F), Gekeler II oboe method book, mastering vibrato, reed-making, audition preparation, intro to English Horn for oboists
11th/12th - tying reed blanks and reed adjusting, college and other audition repertoire
Reeds: Please have 3 working reeds at all times. Parents, beginners will break reeds often so it is best to order extra. Reeds need to be handmade and ordered from one of the sites listed here. The reed is responsible for 90% of our tone, so if you want to sound great, get a great reed!
Payment for each month (cash, check, Zelle, Paypal, etc.) is due at or before the first lesson of the month.
If you arrive late to a lesson, it is still over at its scheduled time.
Students should be practicing lesson assignments (not only band class music) most days of the week in order to show improvement. Your lesson is not the time to practice - it's the time toshow me what you have already practiced. Thirty minutes of practice per day, 5+ days per week is appropriate.
Helpful Practicing Tips:
Setup a practice schedule - do whatever works for your family. If your child feels that music is a priority in your home, he/she will be more likely to succeed!
Students show play SLOWLY and CORRECTLY, not fast and messily. Their fingers will remember everything they do, whether it's right or not. It takes many correct repetitions to undo a bad habit.
If a student repeatedly comes to lessons unprepared, his/her time will be offered to another student on my waiting list. I will contact you if this becomes an issue.
Students should bring all lesson materials each week (reeds, my assignment sheet, method book, etc.). If your instrument is being fixed, you may bring a reed to your lesson and play my oboe. If your child has no reeds you may buy one from me for $20, or we will practice rhythms, learn music theory, and eat broccoli.
Attendance and Cancellations:
Lessons are year-round except for the holidays listed on my scheduling page. Each student will be allowed 2 free absences per fall and spring semester, and summer is more flexible. Payment is expected for any additional missed lessons in order to keep your lesson time reserved. If regular attendance is an issue, then your time will be offered to a student on my waiting list.
If advance notice is given for a 3rd (or additional) absence, that lesson may possibly be made up before the end of the semester during my availability.
I do not make up last-minute cancellations (ex: 4:30pm on the day of your lesson) or no-shows.
Yes, there are lessons in the summer - I only teach serious music students who wish to improve. Students need to attend at least 6 summer lessons (3 hours).
If I cancel your lesson, it will not count as an absence.
If you miss a lesson for an "honors" music activity beyond school band, it will not count as an absence. Examples are: District Honor Band, All-State Band, UGA MidFest, JanFest, 6th Grade Honor Band, GMEA invitations, etc.
Reserving school-year lesson times: Priority is given to my most serious students (taking lessons long-term, always coming prepared to lessons, pursuing honors music activities like district/all state, youth orchestras, etc.) and those needing certain days due to marching band practice. Students will only be allowed to reserve a fall time once their summer lessons are scheduled.
Note: I am located in the northern part of Forsyth County, GA. If this is too far of a drive, there is another excellent oboe teacher and my co-CROW camp director, Brittany Grant, who is located in Suwanee. Her website is here: suwaneeoboelessons.weebly.com.
Here is my policy form to sign and bring to your child's first lesson as well as a "getting started" info sheet.