Method Books for Bassoon

Are you a new teacher wondering where to begin? Or perhaps you have a current student who is not progressing. Placing your student in the right method book can revolutionize your teaching experience. It took me a few years to understand that not every student must begin with Weissenborn. In this post I will highlight the Read More …

Easy Christmas Solos

If you are looking for easy Christmas music for a student, look no further. Here are some resources that will get your kids practicing! Who can resist playing Christmas music? First Year Players For my new beginners, I use easy piano music. Piano music at this level has teacher duet parts that work just as Read More …

Bassoon Etudes used by Norman Herzberg

Norman Herzberg (a premier bassoon pedagogue of the 20th century) assigned standard bassoon etude books in a specific sequence. He had every student work through every etude—in order. He required his students to use standard fingerings on every note because “There is no point in trying to avoid a technical difficulty by changing a fingering. After Read More …

orchestralbassoon.com – A Review

Once in a while I find a resource that is excellent in every way. Orchestralbassoon.com is one of those resources. It contains performance scores, autograph scores, audio examples, historical notes, harmonic analyses–and the list goes on. It is a clean, thorough, and intuitive website that I return to again and again. I always learn something new. Read More …

Managing a Music Lending Library

There is a way to loan music to students without saying goodbye to it forever. I use a combination of a personalized stamp, personalized stickers, and a very handy app (Who Has What 2) to keep track of my stuff. I also have a built-in reimbursement program should my items never return. More about that Read More …

How to Plan a Recital

Recitals are a lot of work, I admit. But they are necessary if we hope to train future performers. A violinist friend of mine has written a very helpful post about planning a recital. Check out her website for the full rundown and even a free downloadable recital planning checklist. Her post covers finding a venue, hiring Read More …

Simplify Your Studio – Charge a Materials Fee

Do your students buy their own music? Do you wait weeks for them to actually order it? Do you buy it for them? Do you wait weeks for them to pay you back? Are you frustrated with the time and energy this takes from you? The two best policy changes I ever made were moving Read More …

The Bassoon Archives – A Review

I don’t know what I’d do without this collection of PDF sheet music compiled by the Clarinet Institute of Los Angeles. Don’t let the clarinet part throw you off. This is a huge collection of bassoon music—650 works. Most of the music is in the public domain and is available elsewhere on the internet, but I Read More …