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Bassoon for Beginners by Monica Schwartz

by Monica Schwartz

Bassoon for Beginners by Monica Schwartz is an online, live course that takes place in one (45-minute) lesson each week over the duration of 10 weeks. This beginner course, designed by Schwartz, is for students who are just beginning their musical career as well as for those developed musicians who are seeking a review of the basics. Students enrolling 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 all, hobbyists and aspiring professional musicians alike.

  • Course Duration

    10 Weeks

  • Course Level


  • Instruction Language


Taught On

  • Skype

US$60(1-on-1 Class)

per class

(Tax Exclusive)

Recommended - 1 Week = 1 Class

1 Class = 45 minutes

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Educator Profile

Monica Schwartz

30 Years Experience

From: United States

  • Teacher Skill Keywords:

  • Education

    Bassoon Performance from Peabody Conservatory

    Music Composition from Peabody Conservatory

    Music Education from Johns Hopkins University

    Music Composition from Peabody Conservatory

    Music Education from Johns Hopkins University

  • Work Details

    Bassoon and Thoery Faculty - Peabody Institute Preparatory

    Instrumental Music Director - Howard County Public Schools

    Columbia Orchestra - Principal Bassoonist

    Tiber Winds - Bassoonist

Course Details

Your instructor for the course, Monica 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 accommodate 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, She has extended her reach to include international students across the globe through her online bassoon courses.


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