-Robert F. Kennedy (speech at Berkeley, 1966)
Oboists, let's make our world a little better (and smaller) starting today.
What if EVERY OBOIST who wanted to take oboe lessons with an oboe specialist had the opportunity to do so, regardless of location in the world or ability to pay ?
Would you like to take oboe lessons but either don't know how to find a teacher or can't afford the usual lesson fees? Or can you think of someone who might be able to benefit from this service? Or maybe you'd like a lesson or two to work with a topic I've written about?
If so, I am here to help. I am willing to provide 2 online lessons (30 minutes each) to you on a "pay as you are able scale." My usual rate is $30 per lesson, but please know that I am willing to teach you at a price that accommodates your budget, including free lessons. After those two lessons, we will either continue lessons or find a teacher (either near where you live or online) who can best match your needs. For those interested in virtual lessons who are able to pay a fair rate for lessons, I ask that you please do so--this will provide the resources to support teaching those who cannot.
This brings me to the second question:
Can I facilitate a network of oboe teachers, reed makers, repair specialists, etc. who might be interested in sharing their specialized skill set to those with limited financial resources?
Oboe teachers--would you be willing to take on a student either in person or online for a reduced rate in order to serve your community and profession? If so, I'd love to meet you!
College oboe majors--would you like to gain experience teaching beginning players? Fantastic! Let's connect:
First and foremost, please know I have no intention of taking students away from their current teachers by undercutting the price of lessons. Many musicians make their living by the amazing work they do as lesson teachers, and in no way do I want to steal students away from their teachers. It is my desire to provide the opportunity for lessons to those who, because of financial resources or current location, are unable to do so. For those interested in lessons who are able to pay a fair rate for lessons, I ask that you please do so. It is my hope that this network will assist in pairing qualified teachers with students either in their communities or online.
"How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment; we can start now, start slowly changing the world!" --Anne Frank (diary entry, 1944)
Oboe and out,