*Note to Parents: Please read the information on this site before renting/buying a instrument or reeds. Double reed instruments and equipment are not all created equal, and it will be less frustrating this way, I promise. :)
Oboe or Bassoon lessons are $25 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 for oboe, high G for bassoon), two-octave major scales, Rubank method book, beginning reed scraping, audition preparation
9th/10th - fingerings (up to high F for oboe, high B-flat for bassoon), Gekeler II oboe method book, Weissenborn bassoon 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.
Payment (cash or check payable to Rachel Landers) is due before each lesson. You may pay for 1 or several lessons at a time.
If you arrive late to a lesson, it is still over at the scheduled time.
Students should be practicing lesson assignments (not only band class music) most days of the week in order to show improvement. Lessons are not the time to practice - it's the time to show me what you have already practiced. Thirty minutes of practice a day is appropriate.
Students should bring all lesson materials each week (my assignment sheet, method book, etc.). If your instrument is being fixed, you may bring a reed to your lesson and play my instrument.
Attendance and Cancellations:
Lessons are year-round. Each student will be allowed 2 free absences per fall, spring, and summer semester. Payment is expected for any additional absences (which can be made up) in order to keep your lesson time reserved. Your lesson might occasionally happen on school holidays. It is a good idea to look ahead in your calendar and make-up as you go. 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 be made up before the end of the semester during my availability. No-shows are not made up.
Yes, there are lessons in the summer - I am rarely asked this, but yes, I only teach serious music students who wish to improve. During the summer semester my schedule is more flexible, so you will be able to move or combine into hour lessons to make sure you get all of them in.
Exceptions to the absence rule:
If I cancel your lesson for any reason, it will not count as one of your absences. I do cancel on many holidays during the year and occasionally for my own rehearsals/concerts.
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, or any summer band or oboe camp.
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, Brittany Grant, who is located in Suwanee. Her website is here: suwaneeoboelessons.weebly.com. Warren Stokes is a great bassoon teacher toward the South Forsyth and Gwinnett area. His email is email@example.com.