frequently asked questions

Where do I rent an instrument?

If your school or local music store doesn’t provide rentals, there are several online options. I recommend checking out Forrests Music, Midwest Musical Imports and RDG Woodwinds. These companies have specialized woodwind repair technicians on staff who can ensure your instrument will arrive in excellent playing condition.

Do I need to make my own reeds?

No, you don’t. I recommend students begin learning to make their own reeds in high school if they plan on continuing to play in college. Adults may choose to learn reed making so they have more adjusting options for themselves. Reed making requires a bit of a financial investment and a tremendous amount of time. I like to get students started with a focus on the oboe first and can provide reed adjustments for as long as needed. In the meantime, you can play on high quality handmade reeds.

What kind of instrument do I need?

You are welcome to contact me about what kind of instrument you should rent. Depending on your level, we can discuss which instrument would be best. For flute beginners, I generally recommend flutes with an in-line G. For oboe beginners, I generally recommend starting out on a plastic instrument with a left-hand F (such as a Fox 333).

What are the basic reed making tools I need?

If you want to explore reed making and reed adjusting, I have a list of essential items that you’ll find helpful in the process. Click here to view the list.

Do i need sheet music?

You don’t need any sheet music to get started! I can provide sheet music as we begin working together. As you progress, you may want to purchase your own copies, and/or some advanced music may require purchase from a third party sheet music provider.

What else should I know?

If you are looking to pick up the oboe, or have a student starting the instrument, I also recommend reading through my articles about getting started and general resources.

Have a question or want to work together?

Please feel free to send me a message using the form on this page, and I’ll respond within 24 business hours.

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