Hello, New Oboe Students and Parents! After reading my studio policies, contact me via the form on this page to start lessons.
Lessons are $30 per 30-minutes, and students attend weekly. Payment for each month is due bythe first lesson of the month – cash, check, Zelle, and Venmo are all accepted. Lesson holidays are listed at www.rachellanders.com/scheduling.
Students need to have 3 working reeds at all times. Reeds need to be handmade and ordered from one of the sites listed here. It is wise to order extra and often!
Students need to bring the lesson binder I provide and their assignments to every lesson.
Students should be practicing lesson assignments most days of the week in order to show improvement. During your lesson is the time to show me what you have already practiced. 15-30 minutes of practice per day is appropriate.
Lessons are year-round. Each student will be allowed 2 free absences per fall and springsemester, and summer is more flexible. Payment is expected for any additional absences in order to keep your lesson time reserved. Make-ups for multiple absences are not guaranteed.
Lesson holidays I list on my website’s scheduling page, anytime I cancel a lesson, or participation in an honors music event (District honor band, All-State, UGA Mid-Fest, JanFest, etc.) will not count as an absence.
If you arrive late to a lesson, it is still over at the scheduled time.
No-shows and last-minute cancellations are not made up.
Yes, there are summer lessons – serious students only! School-year lesson times may be reserved after a student’s summer lessons are scheduled.
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 - fingerings (B-flat to high F), two-octave major scales, Gekeler/Rubank method books, beginning reed-scraping, GMEA audition preparation, standard oboe literature
9th/10th - Barret/Gekeler II oboe method books, mastering vibrato, reed-making, GMEA audition preparation, intro to English Horn, standard oboe literature
11th/12th - tying reed blanks and reed adjusting, college/GHP and other audition repertoire, advanced standard oboe literature
Virtual lessons (via FaceTime, Google Duo or Skype) are also available. 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 right 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.
My home studio
Below is a printable copy of my studio policies to sign/return.