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Music in the hands of an Optimist.

Come join Lydia for fun, spirited lessons and a fresh outlook on learning the oboe and playing music.

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Photo by Stephanie Tubiolo


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    Student should bring to each lesson:

    • Oboe

    • 2-3 good reeds

    • Sheet Music for upcoming performances, auditions, etc. and Barrett Oboe Method (see MUSIC below)

    • Spiral Notebook - In this book, we will record special exercises, alternate fingerings, phrasing ideas, assignments for the next week, etc.


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    Students should practice oboe no less than five days a week for at least 30 minutes a day. It needs to have a priority similar to homework in order for students to progress.


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    Please purchase the Boosey & Hawkes edition of the Barrett Oboe Method. It is available from Amazon for $30, or it is free and printable on IMSLP. It is generally worth investing in your own books and sheet music, rather than using photocopies.

    Also purchase a daily scale book for the oboe, such as Whitney Tustin’s “Daily Scales for Oboe” available from Midwest Musical Imports for $28.


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    Lesson location to be determined.


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    You may text, call, voicemail, or email me. I do not keep my phone on during rehearsals, concerts, or class, but I am prompt with returning calls and responding to emails.


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    $40 for a 30 minute lesson.
    $60 for a 60 minute lesson.
    This includes time spent on bookkeeping and scheduling. Please try to do administrative planning in advance through email or by telephone.


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    Payments are due at the first lesson of each month for the full month, typically 3, 4 or 5 weeks. Missed weeks for holidays can be rescheduled or skipped. Extra lessons can be added for special performances. Try to discuss this before the first lesson of the month.

    30 Minute Lessons
    3 Weeks : $120 Month
    4 Weeks : $160 Month
    5 Weeks : $200 Month

    60 Minute Lessons
    3 Weeks : $180 Month
    4 Weeks : $240 Month
    5 Weeks : $300 Month


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    Scheduling conflicts should be disclosed as early as possible. If the student needs to cancel or reschedule, a minimum of 48 hours notice must be given to avoid paying for the missed lesson. An excused absence will be replaced with a makeup lesson if scheduling allows it, or with a credit for the following month.


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    Oboe Studio Finished Reeds are $28 each. Blank Reeds for students to practice reed-making are $16.

    There are a number of professional reedmakers that can supply you with quality hand-made oboe reeds. Students are encouraged to try various sources.

Lessons via Skype also available.

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