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Oboe Lessons

For over thirty years, I have enjoyed teaching oboists of all ages and skill levels. In addition to music of your choice, I will focus on orchestral excerpts, solo pieces, NYSSMA preparation, technical studies, scales, orchestra and band repertiore, chamber music passages, rhythm and articulation, sound quality, breathing, and proper embouchure. For advanced students, I teach reed making lessons upon request.
 
In New York, I am or have been on faculty for the following institutions: Bard College, Hartwick College, Dutchess Community College, ESYO (Empire State Youth Orchestra), Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, Mountain Laurel Waldorf School in New Paltz, New York Conservatory for the Arts, Children's Orchestra Society in Long Island, Montclair Kimberly Academy of NJ, Mannes Pre-College Division (sub), Sylvan Academy of Music, and New York State Music Institute in Oneonta. My private oboe studio is located in Stockport, NY (serving Columbia County, Greene County, Dutchess County, Albany region, Hudson Valley area, NY). I also offer Skype oboe lessons. Feel free to contact me at 917-882-0569, or AllisonRubinOboe@gmail.com to learn how you can get started.

Reed making Lessons

Reed making is a big step in your oboe learning journey. Many talented students play oboe for years before beginning this stage of their studies. When the time is right (and you do need to invest plenty of time), it can be both challenging and fun! I usually recommend reed making to my more serious high school and adult students who are training to enter a music conservatory or music education program in college. We begin with simple knife techniques and minor adjustments to the tip area of the reed. After the student's hand is steady and in control with knife technique, we move on to tying reeds, scraping blanks and so on.

Reed making tools and cane is quite expensive. In the long run, however, you will save money on reeds. Most importantly, you will learn to make custom reeds to your specifications. I have provided a list of recommended tools that can get you started, but, of course you would need a lot of guidance from a trained professional before being self sufficient. Serious oboe students may take specially scheduled reed making lessons (perhaps about once or twice a month) in addition to their regular weekly oboe lesson. Reed making must be practiced daily in order to strenghthen and reinforce your skills. I highly recommend Jay Light's "The Oboe Reed Book" and "The Art of Oboe Playing" by Robert Sprenkle and David Ledet as solid reference guides for reed making.

 

 

Oboe and English Horn Supplies

Forrests  Berkeley, CA   800-322-6263  www.forrestsmusic.com

Charles Double Reed Company  800-733-3847   www.charlesmusic.com

Stuart Dunkel 
Massachussetts   617-924-6127   www.stuart-dunkel.com

Reeds by Bethany Slater   www.bethanyslater.com
Principal Reeds
Reeds by Aaron Lakota   www.ALakotareeds.com
 
MKL ReedsChicago, Illinois   866-220-9811   www.mklreeds.com

Edmund Nielsen Woodwinds   630-833-5676   nielsen-woodwinds.com

Mark Chudnow Woodwinds   800-780-4340   mcwoboe.com


Hodge Products Inc.  Virginia   888-685-0548   www.hodgeproductsinc.com

Jeanne Inc. Woodwinds   800-831-7691   www.jeanne-inc.com

RDG Woodwinds, California   323-463-4930   www.rdgwoodwinds.com

Oboe Purchases
It is always extremely exciting when one purchases a new instrument. Over the years, I have performed on many oboes and english horns including Loree, Laubin, Buffet, Rigoutaut and Fossati. I listen for a rich and dark tone quality. When testing an instrument be sure to play on your best reed. Somes instruments are lighter in weight and some have "quick" key mechanisms. Ultimately, the thing to keep in mind when purchasing is your sound quality preference.  Since purchasing an instrument is an expensive investment, be sure to consult your oboe instructor before signing on the dotted line. Many oboe suppliers will allow you a trail period before making your purchase final. Keep in mind that some times, purchasing a high quality used instrument may be the better way to go for you and your budget.

Oboe Repairs
For repairs, it is necessary to bring your oboe to a double reed repair specialist. Many neighborhood music stores do not have specialists. It is important to keep your oboe in excellent shape. The instrument must be swabbed out (with a feather or swab) about every 20-30 minutes. The keys need to be oiled from time to time. Dust and debris must be wiped off the oboe daily with a soft cloth. For best mechanical results, you should bring your oboe to get a repair specialist check-up every one to two years. For quality repairs in the New York area, I recommend: Nora Post (Kingston, NY), Heidi Chisholm (Westchester), Kristen Bertrand (NY), or Nick Abel (NYC)

Lessons

Serving Upstate NY: Dutchess County, Columbia County, Albany region, Greene County, Hudson Valley, NY  917-882-0569 (text)
Lois Wann, my mentor at Juilliard