Sloan Creek Intermediate

Oboe/Bassoon

Oboe

The oboe is similar in its appearance to a clarinet, but it is played using a “double reed” instead of a single reed and mouthpiece.

Physical Characteristics: Students with profound overbites or under bites would have EXTREME difficulties producing good sounds on the oboe since the embouchure (mouth position) requires equal pressure on both sides of the reed at the same placement.

Other Considerations: Because the oboe is such a difficult instrument to master, only students with high academic performance records will be considered. Students who choose to play oboe are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to take weekly private lessons with the applied lesson teacher at Lamar. Private lessons cost around $17.00 per week and scholarships are available based on financial need and demonstration of diligent work ethic. The financial trade-off for having to take lessons and keep a stock of working reeds is that Lovejoy ISD provides oboes for students for a maintenance fee for an entire school year payable to LISD for routine maintenance.

Private Lessons HIGHLY Recommended.

Oboe players are required to maintain a supply of 3-4 high-quality reeds at ALL times. Reeds can cost $14-$16 each.

School Rental Available.

Bassoon

The bassoon is to the oboe what the bass clarinet is to the clarinet. It is the larger, lower sounding version of the double reed instrument. However, bassoon students will not play oboe before switching, instead they will begin on the bassoon itself.

Physical Characteristics: A slight overbite is okay for students wishing to play bassoon, however, a student with an under bite should avoid bassoon. Agile thumbs is a necessity for playing bassoon proficiently as well as a medium or greater hand span.

Other Considerations: Like the oboe, the bassoon is such a difficult instrument to master. Students who choose to play bassoon are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to take weekly private lessons with the applied lesson teacher at school. Private lessons cost around $17.00 per week and scholarships are available based on financial need and demonstration of diligent work ethic. Students are required to maintain a supply of 3-4 high-quality reeds at ALL times. Reeds can cost $10-15 each. The financial trade-off for having to take lessons and keep a stock of working reeds is that Lovejoy ISD provides the bassoons for students for a maintenance fee for an entire school year payable to LISD for routine maintenance.

Private Lessons HIGHLY Recommended.

Bassoon players are required to maintain a supply of 3-4 high-quality reeds at ALL times. Reeds can cost $10-$15 each.

School Rental Available.

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