Are you interested in taking oboe lessons but don't have an oboe teacher yet?
Follow these simple steps!
1. Contact the nearest university or college that has a music program.
2. Most college level music programs have a website with a list of faculty by instrument, so look up the oboe professor's contact info and email or call them.
3. Ask them if they can share the contact information of their current oboe students who could teach you, or graduates of their program who live nearby and teach oboe.
4. You can even try asking if they take on private students and if they have room for you in their private studio.
Oboe professors are used to receiving requests like this ALL. THE. TIME. so they'll likely be able to suggest someone who lives near you if they are unable to teach you. Ask the price of lessons and if the cost is prohibitive ask if they have an advanced student who they can recommend to teach you. Or, ask if they would be willing to barter yard work/house work for lessons, babysitting, etc. Often times teachers are willing to take on a VERY HARDWORKING AND MOTIVATED STUDENT for a reduced fee if there is demonstrated need. Again, oboe professors are used to receiving requests like this ALL. THE. TIME.
5. Even you live in a rural area, contact university or college programs in the region and look up the oboe instructor----they likely know of graduates of their program or other fine oboists within a VERY WIDE region of where they work and can possibly give you some leads for a nearby teacher.
If you have gone through ALL of the above steps and are still unable to find a teacher, fill out and submit the new student information form and we'll try our best to connect you with an oboe specialist teacher/performer for lessons. We'll do our best to connect you with someone in your community for in-person lessons, but please note that online lessons might be the only option available.
It the mission of the OboeForEveryone network to provide lessons to anyone wanting to learn how to play the oboe, regardless of their ability to pay. If you are unable to pay for lessons, we can often find you a teacher who will teach you for free if you are a VERY HARDWORKING AND MOTIVATED STUDENT. We also have teachers willing to teach for reduced rates if a student is unable to pay full price but can contribute something for lessons. Some teachers are also willing to barter lessons in exchange for having a student help with tasks such as oboe cane preparation, lawn work (mowing, raking, etc), etc. If you want to learn oboe, we can work something out! Please note that for students who are interested in taking lessons and who are able to pay the full rate of a teacher, we ask that you please do so! We are certainly not in this profession to get rich, but the work we do as teachers and performers is how we put food on our tables and support our families. This is not like "Priceline.com" where you can get "bargain" or sale price lessons; discounted lessons are only for those with demonstrated need.
How does this all 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 of playing, ability to take 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.
Please realize that I do not receive any money from this service; I simply connect students and teachers. For those learning online, I encourage you to protect yourself and use a secure payment system, such as Paypal to set up any funding.
Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns that you may have: OboeForEveryone@gmail.com
Dr. Christa Garvey
Professor of Oboe
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire