Bassoon for Beginners

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Bassoon for Beginners takes place in one 45-minutes lesson each week over the duration of 10 weeks. This course, designed by instructor Monica Schwartz, is for students just beginning their musical career as well as developed musicians seeking a review of the basics. Students enrolled in this course will receive foundational instruction including bassoon anatomy and care, basic scales, and beginners bassoon music and will progress to more advanced topics including notation, rhythm, and style. Bassoon for Beginners is open to hobbyists and aspiring professional musicians alike.

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Chester, VT
United States

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10 Weeks
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30 Years Experience
From: United States
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Bassoon Performance
Peabody Conservatory
Music Composition
Peabody Conservatory
Music Education
Johns Hopkins University
Music Composition
Peabody Conservatory
Music Education
Johns Hopkins University
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Peabody Institute Preparatory
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Howard County Public Schools
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Course Details

Instructor Schwartz will begin this course with lessons on bassoon anatomy and handling including anatomy, cleanliness, reed care, proper assembly and storage. Once students are confident with their instruments, the course will progress to include playing techniques, embouchure, fingering, pitch and vibrato. Learners will then begin to explore and practice the F and Bb scales. Instructor Schwartz will guide students through practice and impart proper practice techniques to ensure the success of each learner. Students who successfully complete this course can expect to play beginner songs including “In the Hall of the Mountain King”, and will be prepared to play solo or as part of an ensemble.

As a beginners course, there are no required prerequisites before enrollment. The required learning materials will be provided, however each student will need an instrument of their own and pen and paper for taking notes. Enrolling students will need to ensure they have the time to commit to the 30-minute online lessons, as well as the independent practice time required to master a new musical skill. Instructor Schwartz’s lesson plan is built to accomodate learners of all ages, no prior musical education necessary.

About the Teacher: Instructor Monica Schwartz attended the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University where she earned three undergraduate degrees in 2001, (Bassoon Performance, Music Education, and Music Composition). In 2014, Shwartz continued her musical career at Peabody and achieved her masters in Music Composition and Education as well. Schwartz gained her experience studying with musical exponents including; Linda Harwell, Terry Ewell, Truman Harris, and Barrick Stees. A regular freelancer, Schwartz performs occasionally as a solo artist or with her current chamber group Venteux. Schwartz has performed with many organizations including the Columbia Orchestra (2007-2012), Londontowne Symphony, Columbia Chamber Winds, and Gallery Winds. Today along with performing, Schwartz is ensuring the continuation of bassoon by teaching students in her own music studio, Orchard Music.Now, instructor Schwartz has extended her reach to include international students across the globe through her online bassoon courses.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more

Course Specific Benefits

Students will master the basics of the bassoon setting them up for success. For those especially geared towards joining a performing ensemble: younger students will gain necessary skills to play with their school band and adults community ensembles.

  • No skills are necessary.
  • The student must have the required equipment: bassoon, bassoon reed.
  • Prior to first lesson, the teacher will provide resources for buying a quality reed (very important!).
  • Music and method materials will be provided digitally by the teacher during the course.

Weekly Schedule

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Beginning Bassoon
Sun 7:00am - 12:00am America/New_York
Mon 7:00am - 12:00am America/New_York
Tue 7:00am - 12:00am America/New_York
Wed 7:00am - 12:00am America/New_York
Thu 7:00am - 12:00am America/New_York
Fri 7:00am - 12:00am America/New_York
Sat 7:00am - 12:00am America/New_York
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+91-97400-50326 for any questions.


How much time should a student enrolling for this course practice everyday?
Students should practice a minimum of 30 minutes every day. If they can devote more time to practice, they will learn better and faster.
What if a student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two days prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.
How long will the teacher take to revert to a query raised after class hours?
The teacher will try to revert back to queries raised after class hours within a 24 hour period.
Can this course be customized?
Yes, the course can be customized.

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