For Oboe Teachers

Oboe Teachers:
Are you an oboe specialist teacher who wants to build your studio, give back to your profession,  possibly interact with oboists from around the world? Fill out the new teacher information form.  You tell us *briefly* your educational and professional background, if you want  to teach lessons online,  in-person, or both,  your location, what your usual fees are for lessons and if you would be able to take on students for less than your usual fee (or even free) if there is need,  what languages you speak, how many students you are willing to take, and what level of student (beginner, intermediate, advanced, etc) you are interested in teaching. When students who sign up meet your criteria, then they will receive your contact information for lessons.

If you are unsure about taking on students for less than your usual fee,  I encourage you to think outside the box   reed case.You don't need to take a lot of students to make a positive impact,  maybe just one or two as a service to your community and profession.  Or for students in your area,  possibly set up a barter system?  I fondly remember teaching a motivated student from rural Idaho who would pay me with fresh produce from their farm.  Finances were tight for them,  but they had plentiful food. So we bartered oboe lessons for amazing produce. Some of the best payment I ever received was a bag of perfectly ripe, absolutely delicious Italian plums from my student. Or, what about trading the service of lessons with a student willing to provide a service for you? Lawn mowing, leaf raking, etc could be bartered for lessons. Please note that any oboist who is willing to mow my lawn and help with pulling weeds in the summer and leaf raking in the fall can receive a full year's worth of lessons and reeds from me.  That way the time that I would usually use for my own yard work is instead shifted into teaching that person--a much better use of my specialized skills, in my opinion!

How does this work?

When a student signs up for lessons,  I compare their information with the list of teachers in the network.  If I can place a student with a teacher in their community for in-person lessons, I'll try that first.  If online lessons are the only option,  I look through the response forms to find a teacher whose criteria fits the student best (level interested in teaching, willingness to teach online lessons, etc, etc). If there is more than one teacher that fits the criteria,  I connect teacher/student on a "first come, first served" basis.  The teacher who signed up first gets the first opportunity to teach the student. Pretty simple and absolutely fair in my opinion. You have nothing to lose by joining our network of teachers.

Please realize that I do not receive any money from this service;  I simply connect students and teachers. For those learning and teaching online,  I encourage you to protect yourself and use a secure payment system  such as PayPal to set up any payments.  I've been absolutely humbled by the caliber of teachers who have already signed up-- with backgrounds ranging from performing in major symphony orchestras and graduates and teachers of  fine music institutions. Thank you! But we still need more help!

What's Next?

  PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD! Once you've signed up to be a part of the network,  you've taken the first step.  Now do your best to share this link:  to potential students,  to music teachers, youth symphony directors around the globe, the parents of school music booster organizations, your oboe colleagues,  advanced college oboe majors ready to teach young players, etc.  Share this link in person, on Facebook, Twitter, or any way you know how.  Let's GET THE WORD OUT and get busy making the world a better place by improving oboe playing.  It's one small step,  but it's a step in the right direction.


At the moment we have more teachers than students,  but I KNOW that there are many, many, many students who could benefit from a fine private oboe teacher.  We just need to get our information out to them.  

Oboe Instructors:  this is OUR SITE,  a place where we can share our teaching resources and contacts to enhance oboe playing and pedagogy. Do you have teaching videos, teaching materials, performance videos or recordings that you would like to contribute to our site? Please contact me at: to share. I look forward to hearing from you!

- Dr. Christa Garvey
Associate Professor of Oboe
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
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