Oboe Lessons

At the First Lesson

Oboe students who play in their school band or who have taken lessons before should bring all of their music and books, their oboe, reeds, a reed soaking cup, a pencil, and a notebook. Students who have never played the oboe 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 oboe students should communicate with the teacher about which reeds and method books to buy.

Method Books

If a beginning oboe 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 oboists will usually use the Gekeler Method for Oboe Level I, along with Classical Solos for Oboe volume 1 and/or 2. Intermediate oboe students will be required to purchase either the Gekeler Method for Oboe Level II or the Barrett Oboe Method. Advanced students will be required to purchase the Barrett Oboe Method, and may 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

Oboe students need to have their instrument, 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 each 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

The oboe is an expensive instrument to play. Every oboist needs to purchase reeds regularly until they learn how to make their own. Each oboe student will be required to have at least two working reeds at every lesson. All oboe students will be required to purchase an electronic tuner and a metronome. Tuners and metronome apps are also becoming available for most mobile devices, but apps should only be used if the student has access to their own device. Small accessories like swabs and cork grease will need to be purchased from time to time.  Oboes go out of adjustment more easily than other instruments, and oboe students should make a trip to the repair shop at least once or twice a year to get their instrument checked over. Intermediate oboe students who own a basic student model oboe will need to purchase an intermediate or professional model oboe, and serious advanced oboe students will need to at some point purchase a good professional model oboe.