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Steps to Take    16:30 on Monday, August 16, 2010 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

LibbylovesOboe
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Hi! I was wondering if anyone has any tips on getting into conservatories, becoming a professional oboist, etc. I am really passionate about playing oboe and have about a year and a half before I start applying to college. I would really appreciate some tips on how to make my oboe dreams come true

thanks,
Libby

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Re: Steps to Take    18:17 on Monday, August 16, 2010 Vote for this post Vote against this post 1 vote

Canadian
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Glad to hear you'd like to go to music school. I'm not sure if I'm the best person to aid you in regards to auditions and such but I can try.

1st off, take private lessons on your instrument. (I think this is obvious...)

Start becoming an independent reed maker. In college you'll have to rely on your own reeds and your going to want to have good reeds to play on. You may want to start shaping your own cane before you get to college. But certainly you will want to be able to tie + make reeds which vibrate properly and play in tune at the very least.

Get a head start on Theory. I'm not sure how things work in other countries, but in Canada we have RCM exams for theory... Start learning basic rudiments, harmony, analysis, counterpoint, and history.

Be part of chamber groups or a local Youth Orchestra.

You may want to consider taking some piano lessons as many universities require oboe performance majors to complete class piano, you may however be able to "test out" of class piano if you are proficient.

Enter competitions, local festivals and get involved in your local music community.

Start a rigid practice schedule and stick to it. You do not need to play for 5 hours a day, but scheduled daily practice is key. Keep good posture, be relaxed, and remember to stretch before you play to get the most out of your practice sessions.

Hope this helps somewhat.


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Re: Steps to Take    19:20 on Monday, August 16, 2010 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

LibbylovesOboe
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thank you!
i am doing most of those things.
i think i will organize my practice schedule because mine is NOT strict and not as focused as it should be.

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Re: Steps to Take    19:49 on Monday, August 16, 2010 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Canadian
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Check your private messages, Libby.

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Re: Steps to Take    10:06 on Wednesday, November 03, 2010 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

oudblreeder
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Check out Martin Shurrings site at Arizona State. It has a lot of oboe info, plus an excellent artical on choosing and preparing for college http://www.public.asu.edu/~schuring/

   

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