Tuesday, February 19, 2013

It's HERE! Join The Oboe For Everyone Network

Hi Everyone-

Now's your chance to be a part of something really special. A few posts ago I wrote about this idea,  but here it is in all it's webpage glory:

What it's all about:

It is the mission of Oboe For Everyone to be able to provide lessons and resources to anyone wanting to learn how to play the oboe, regardless of financial ability or proximity to an oboe teacher. 

This project brings together oboe students, teachers, reed makers, repair people, and retailers to provide a network of opportunities and services for oboists. We are interested in connecting oboe students with oboe specialist teachers for either online lessons or for in-person lessons with instructors living in their area. On this site you will find teaching materials such as videos, writings, and exercises for improving your oboe skills, as well as helpful links connecting you to reed makers, sheet music sources, instrument repair, etc.  

So now's your chance to JOIN the Oboe For Everyone network.  You. Yes, you!

Oboe Students:

Are you a student looking for a teacher to help you learn how to play the oboe?  Fill out the new student information form and we'll connect you with an oboe teacher for lessons.  This is your chance to learn more about the oboe with lessons from an experienced oboe teacher. 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.

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? Such as lawn mowing, leaf raking, etc. 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 lawn work is instead shifted into teaching that person--a much better use of my specialized skills, in my opinion!

If you would like to contribute to the network as a reed maker, fill out our reed maker information form and we'll send oboists looking for reeds to you.

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.

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 funding.
I've been absolutely humbled by the teachers who have already signed up with backgrounds performing in major symphony orchestras and fine teaching institutions. Thank you! But we still need more help!

What's Next?


Share this link:  to your oboe colleagues, to advanced students ready to teach young players.  Share this link to potential students,  to music teachers, youth symphony directors around the globe. 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.

Oboe and out,

The Oboist

1 comment:

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