Category Archives: Education

The Myth of ‘Practice Makes Perfect’

By Annie Murphy Paul How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice. In a groundbreaking paper published in 1993, cognitive psychologist Anders Ericsson added a crucial tweak to that old joke. How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Deliberate … Continue reading

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Purchasing an Oboe – where to buy, brands, types and more questions answered

There are so many things to consider before going out and purchasing an oboe: What grade are you in school? Is this instrument your step up because you are going to college? Will you be majoring in music? Is this … Continue reading

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How To Prevent Cracks In Your Oboe

No one wants to see a crack in their beautiful wooden oboe but they are prone to them. While the steps listed below will help prevent cracks, it is not a guarantee as it is still possible for a crack to … Continue reading

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How To Care For Your Oboe

Here are the key points I make sure I tell my students and their parents about keeping their instrument playing great. General Maintenance for the Oboe: 1. Have a silk swab. I have seen many students take apart their instrument … Continue reading

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How to Practice Effectively, Efficiently and Make It Stick

Why the Progress You Make in the Practice Room Seems to Disappear Overnight by Dr. Noa Kageyama  Have you ever been frustrated by the fact that you can take a difficult passage, work on it for a bit, get it sounding … Continue reading

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How To Practice With A Metronome

I haven’t encountered a beginning musician yet who enjoys playing with a metronome. I know how they feel because I still remember those days of struggling to practice with the dreaded contraption and wondering why my teacher insisted on torturing … Continue reading

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Oboe Reeds – How Long Do They Last?

How long does an oboe reed last? The average consensus is 10 -15 hours of playing time or about 1 month, whichever comes first. No two oboe reeds are exactly alike no matter what steps are taken to ensure they … Continue reading

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