Private Lessons

Private music lessons and reed making are available for students of all ages and levels in Durango, Colorado, which include the surrounding areas of Bayfield, Pagosa Springs, Telluride, Farmington, Aztec, and Cortez.

Now offering online lessons!

Oboe Lessons

Private oboe lessons are available for all ages and all levels, from beginning to Undergraduate levels. Lessons will help with foundational skills including correct embouchure, use of air, tone production, pitch, flexibility, reading music, and playing the oboe with confidence and ease. The materials covered in each lesson will be picked for each individual student and can range from band/ensemble music, music fundamentals, scales and etudes, solo pieces, and orchestral excerpts. I’ll always adjust your oboe reeds and check your instrument at the beginning of each lesson!

Preparing for your first lesson: If you have yet to purchase or rent an instrument, please feel free to contact me with questions. Otherwise, just bring what music and reeds you currently have for your first lesson- we will take it from there!  Read more about getting started and the essential information and accessories you will need. 

Reed Making

Reed AdjustmentReed making lessons and workshops are offered for intermediate and advanced students. I recommend students start learning to make reeds one year prior to college auditions. Adult students may learn reed making at anytime, but I recommend starting after at least a year of private study. Feel free to schedule a lesson or attend one of my workshops to go over a custom tool set up for yourself. Students do not need to be enrolled in regular lessons to participate in reed making. Read the Reed FAQ here or check out my start-up tool list!

Having a reed emergency? Reeds will always be adjusted in the first 5-10 minutes of a private lesson, but if you are not currently taking lessons and would like a reed adjustment, I offer reed adjustments starting at $25 for a 30 minute slot.

Bassoon Lessons

Private bassoon lessons are available for all ages and levels. Private lessons will cover reeds, correct air and embouchure placement, fingerings and alternate fingerings, music fundamentals, solo repertoire, technique, and band music. Most schools will provide an instrument to students, but rentals can be obtained through Midwest Musical Imports if needed.

Flute Lessons

Beginning and intermediate lessons are available for silver flute and will cover sound production, tone, pitch, fingerings, technique, music fundamentals, and all music repertoire. Offered for all ages, flute is a beautiful instrument that can cover a variety of musical styles.

Preparing for your first lesson: If you do not own an instrument, your local music store offers rental programs on silver flutes. If you are currently playing, please bring your instrument and any music you are working on to your first lesson.

Celtic Flute, Whistle, & Celtic Music Lessons

Celtic lessons are offered on silver flute, keyless flute, and penny whistle (tin whistle) for all ages and levels. Lessons can cover all celtic styles including Irish, Scottish, Scottish Baroque, and Cape Breton. Celtic music is traditional taught by ear, however, sheet music will also be provided. Come to learn common session tunes, ornamentation, celtic styles, ear training, and music theory fundamentals.

Preparing for your first lesson: If you do not own an instrument, a penny whistles can be purchased online or at the local music store for about $10. Local music stores also offers rental programs on silver flutes. For keyless flutes please contact me for suggestions on purchasing one of these instruments.

Lesson Policy & Prices

Please contact me for current lesson rates. Lesson length and frequency can be customized to fit each students needs. Please contact me for further details. There is a required 24-hour cancelation policy to change or cancel a lesson to avoid being charged the full lesson price. Payment due at time of service.

Location & Hours

Lessons are taught in my office at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Lesson days and times vary. Please contact me to schedule a lesson and check for availability.

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