May 9, 2018
You've probably heard me use the term "doubler" when referring to myself. I always find this a funny nickname for multi-instrumenta...
March 4, 2018
"When I left you I was but the learner. Now I am the Master." --Darth Vader
By now, I think everyone knows my "story" of learning to...
January 30, 2018
This month's blog post comes out of a conversation I had with the parent of one of my 7th grade oboe students. "Can she train her l...
November 27, 2017
As an oboe student progresses, store bought reeds just don't cut it anymore. At some point in high school, we begin to purchase han...
September 27, 2017
As a teacher, I get only two reactions to the news that all students must participate in their school band or orchestra concerts: E...
August 26, 2017
Congratulations! Your child has decided to join the school band or orchestra! Every year, we encourage students to choose the instr...
May 29, 2017
So your student claims they want to be a music major? Never fear! This isn't a dead-end job, they aren't going to starve, but there...
April 29, 2017
Every year, our beginners get their first taste of orchestra and band at their schools. For some, this can be a fun experience, but...
March 31, 2017
"I'm so sorry for her behavior today."
"I am so embarrassed that he didn't sit better for you today."
"I just don't know what to do...
February 25, 2017
The second in the "tone production" series deals with the flute.
Unlike all the other woodwind instruments which use a reed, the flu...
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Everything You Wanted to Know About Making Oboe Reeds, But Were Too Terrified To Ask
To Buy or Not To Buy. That is the Question
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Lost In Translation
Flowing through the Flute
Practicing for Success, Part 1: How Long To Practice?
October 2, 2016
My, What a Big Oboe Sound You Have!
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