Benefits of Online Oboe Lessons
Online music lessons offer some unique advantages. The most obvious is that learning a musical instrument with all its benefits – physical, intellectual and psychological – may continue while we have to socially distance and self-isolate. Beyond these times of COVID-19, I am sure many students and parents will opt for a combination of face-to-face and online lessons. There are times when parents are too unwell to drive their child to a lesson, or they have a schedule clash that would make it hard to drop off or collect their child, or for a myriad of other reasons – online lessons will always be available for convenience and ease of access.
I am excited to offer online lessons on an instrument for which there are few teachers in rural areas. As a teenager living in country Queensland I had to travel a five-hour round trip to access oboe lessons in Brisbane. Online lessons would have made many of these long drives unnecessary. Woodwind generalists do a great job giving rural and remote students their first lessons, but will be supported by students also having access to online lessons from a specialist teacher.
There are other interesting benefits to online music lessons. Lessons may be recorded by the student to play back during their practice and reinforce the lesson – it is like having the teacher there with you all week reminding you of the particular aspects on which you should focus! If the student has their lessons on a tablet or phone that does not have recording capacity, I am happy to provide the links to the Zoom recording at the completion of the lesson via email.
I also write notes during each lesson that are sent on to the student/parent. As I cannot write anything into the student’s music in an online situation, these notes provide the information they need to mark fingerings, definitions of terms, counting of rhythms, and ways of approaching technical challenges. It also clearly defines the work that has been covered in the lesson and should be practised during the week, something many parents greatly appreciate!
I am also able to provide audio recordings of myself playing the music students are studying so they have an aural reference of the tempo, rhythms and phrasing. These can be sent via text or email outside of the lesson time at no extra charge. I have found this to be a valuable tool in assisting the speed and accuracy of learning.
Creative Kids Vouchers NSW are able to be redeemed for Online Lessons just as they are for face-to-face lessons - please go to https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/creative-kids for details.
Students are advised on the purchase of oboe reeds suitable for their particular needs, taking into account their playing level, the instrument they are using and their playing situation, for example solo work or ensemble playing.
Tuition is also available in all aspects of reed making and reed adjustment as the student advances.
AMEB Music Craft, Music Theory and Musicianship
Tuition in Music Theory and Musicianship (up to Grade 4) are available as an add-on to oboe lessons – please add 15 minutes to regular lesson time. I also teach Music Theory and Musicianship to Grade 4 level as stand-alone lessons.
Guidelines for lesson length
30 minutes: suitable for a beginner to AMEB 3rd grade
45 minutes: suitable for AMEB 4th and 5th grades
60 minutes: suitable for AMEB 6th grade and above
Tuition Fee Structure – Online Delivery
Online lessons are generally taken in as a ten-week block, invoiced per term. However, during these uncertain times, I am also offering to schedule regular ongoing lessons but with the flexibility to withdraw during the term and be invoiced for only those lessons given.
Introductory, holiday and casual lessons are available on request.
Terms and Conditions for Online Lessons
1. Students may opt to have a set number of lessons per term or to be billed for the number of lessons taken at the end of term.
2. Students with a set number of lessons per term will receive their invoice mid-term, with a two-week payment window. It is greatly appreciated if notification to discontinue online lessons in the following term is given by the last week of the previous term, including the intention to discontinue lessons in the following calendar year. For Saturday students, the final lesson of the term may fall on the first Saturday of the school holidays. An alternative time during the week may be arranged in advance if you are not available on this final Saturday.
3. Students opting to have regular ongoing lessons without a fixed number of lessons will be billed when they complete their lessons for the term. Payment will be due within two weeks of issue of invoice. Notice of discontinuation of lessons would be appreciated a week in advance to allow for scheduling adjustments.
4. Introductory, casual or holiday lessons must be paid for on the day of the lesson via bank transfer. The only exception to this would be a regular student that required an extra or holiday lesson that could be added to their invoice.
5. In the case of illness or other reason a student cannot attend their scheduled time, a makeup lesson will be given at a mutually agreeable time. In the same way, if I cannot attend a lesson for any reason, a mutually agreeable time for a makeup lesson will be arranged. Please give me as much notice as possible for known events, however I will accept rescheduling for illness or injury before 9.00am on the day of the lesson. Unfortunately, cancellations after this time will result in a forfeit of the lesson fee.
6. In the case of technical or connectivity issues during a lesson, a makeup lesson will be scheduled at a mutually agreeable time.