Bassoon Lessons

At the First Lesson 

Bassoon students who play in their school band or who have taken previous lessons should bring all of their music and books, their bassoon, reeds, a reed soaking cup, a pencil, and a notebook. Students who have never played the bassoon before should bring their instrument, at least 2 reeds, a reed soaking cup (empty film canisters or pill bottles work well), a pencil, a notebook, and a method book, which should be purchased from the teacher or a music store before the first lesson. Beginning bassoon students should communicate with the teacher about which reeds and method books to buy.

 

Method Books
If a beginning bassoon student is playing in a school band, we will not use their school band method, as they are usually already working from this method with their band director. Beginning bassoonists may use the Rubank method, along with Classical Solos for Bassoon. Intermediate and advanced bassoon students will be required to purchase “Practical Method for the Bassoon” by J. Weissenborn. Advanced bassoon students will also be required to purchase a book of studies or exercises. Intermediate and advanced students will also be working on standard solo repertoire, and while these pieces may be borrowed from the teacher, serious students will be encouraged to purchase their own copy.

 

At Every Lesson

Bassoon students need to have their instrument (including seat strap and bocal), at least 2 good reeds, a reed soaking cup, a pencil, all music, and a completed copy of the previous week's Assignment Sheet at every lesson. It may also be helpful to have a notebook to write down lesson notes. If the student has been assigned a worksheet, they should bring the worksheet to their lesson, whether it has been completed or not. If possible, reeds should be soaked and ready to go and the instrument should be put together before the lesson begins.

 

Other Expenses and Purchases

Every bassoonist needs to purchase reeds regularly. Each bassoon student will be required to have at least two good reeds at every lesson. All bassoon students will be required to purchase an electronic tuner a metronome. Tuners and metronome apps are becoming available for most mobile devices, but apps should only be used if the student has access to their own device. Small accessories like seat straps or neck straps, swabs and cork grease will need to be purchased from time to time. Serious students who are borrowing a bassoon from their school should look into buying their own bassoon. Bassoonists who own their own bassoon may need to purchase a new bocal if theirs is damaged. All woodwind instruments have pads, cork, springs, and keys that may go out of adjustment or need to be repaired or replaced. Your instrument should be brought into a repair shop at least once a year to be checked over, and when recommended by the teacher.