It is usually a good idea for a student to have one to two years of experience with another musical instrument prior to beginning the study of the bassoon. Because the instrument is expensive, many students play instruments provided by their band programs at the request of the orchestra or band director until they are advanced enough to make an informed purchase. This usually puts the student at about sixth grade or older when he/she begins to study a double reed instrument. Hand size and shape of the mouth also needs to be considered for these instruments.
Yes, the material covered in lessons is tailored to the respective instrument to help overcome the difficulties specific to that instrument and that student. While help can be provided with band music, other repertoire is introduced to help the student reach goals.
Bassoons for rent are difficult to locate because of their cost but are sometimes available at Music and Arts. Most bassoonists begin playing a school supplied instrument and then go on to purchase their own later. Because each instrument plays differently and bassoons are expensive, purchase is not suggested initially.
Yes, Southern Park will provide an accompanist for the recital, dress rehearsal, and one private rehearsal. The student may contract privately with an accompanist for additional rehearsals.
Yes, the student would need to have an instrument and should purchase a reed in order to have an interview lesson. Bassoon reeds are currently $16-$18 in 2017.