Promethean Studios offers beginning, intermediate, advanced, and professional level oboe lessons, bands, and camps for all ages; kids, teens, and adults, in classical and other styles. We offer private instruction in oboe and woodwinds, from experienced, friendly, awesome oboe teachers. We also teach bands and music groups for all ages in Classic Rock, Modern Rock, Praise & Worship, Jazz, and Classical (repertoire classes) - oboists are welcome members of these groups. And in the summer our teachers offer camps for performance as well as bands. Our students’ lessons are customized for their desires and abilities, balancing progress and fun. We serve the entire Dallas area, with students from Addison, Allen, Carrollton, Farmer’s Branch, Frisco, Garland, Lewisville, McKinney, Park Cities, Plano, Richardson, Rowlett, Wylie, and their outlying communities.
We are the premier location in the Dallas Metroplex for oboe lessons, camps, and bands, at prices 20% less than comparable quality instruction. Lessons in studio or live over the internet.
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Oboe is an amazing instrument, the prima-donna of the orchestra. As you probably know, world-wide, orchestras tune to the oboe (hautbois, meaning "high wood") and thus oboists must develop an excellent ear. And the conical bore of the oboe causes it to cut through the crush of all the orchestral instruments - if an oboe is playing, you'll be able to hear it. What you probably don't know is that there are jazz oboists!! Jean-Luc Fillon and others are representative of jazz oboists. As teachers we recommend the hautbois (oboe) for many musicians, teens, and adults. We think it is best that a student perform the kind of music they love: classical, classic or modern rock, jazz, pop,or whatever, but obviously most oboe players are performing classical pieces. All of our oboe students will learn to read well and develop great technique. Any oboist has the ability to play by note (typically, classically) or improvising (playing what you make-up). All music, even the stuffiest, most difficult woodwind piece, started out life being made up by a composer, and improvising is creating your own micro-composition. Obviously most oboe players will be in a band or orchestra, but there are many opportunities for the oboe soloist and many excellent CD accompaniments available.
We have oboe teachers at Promethean Studios for beginning, intermediate, advanced, and professional oboists. Our instructors customize our teaching to the music each oboe player loves, with personalized instruction going on right now in classical, classic and modern rock, pop, praise & worship, and smooth and traditional jazz styles. Each lesson includes learning technique (to make the learner’s fingers work for them), instruction in music theory (to use the learner’s brain to help make music easy), and half of each lesson is devoted to the student’s songs.
Most of our oboe students take private, one-on-one lessons. We offer consultations (one session without obligation to continue) and coaching sessions (multiple sessions without obligation to continue). We also offer elessons, which are online lessons conducted through the internet. We have gift certificates for all of these musical experiences. And twice a year we have exciting music seminars (master classes, workshops) for all students that allow them to hear big ideas about music and their instrument. These increase their knowledge and abilities to play. In these music seminars (again, like workshops or master classes, in-depth teaching on your instrument) we might talk about improvisation, or ear-training, or specific skills for the instrumentalist or how to interpret impressionist-period pieces – but all to give you, the performer and player, teaching you can use right now. And they’re fun! About 40% of our students are adults and 60% are children, kids, and teens.
As teachers, we know it is essential musical coaching be enjoyable. This is a key for all students, not just children. That’s one of the reasons we let students pick their music within a few guidelines and why, along with playing by note and reading music, we encourage students to playby ear and/or improvise. We don’t want to be a stuffy academy or music conservatory; we want our school of music to be filled with happy, amazing performers having a blast. Whether reading music, playingby note, or learning to improvise, our students steadily learn things that interest them, coached by their instructor. We believe it’s best to allow students to playtheir favorite music, not their instructor’s.
Our teachers take your goals seriously, so, as the wise mentors they are, they look ahead to teach you all you'll need to get where you want to be. It’s vital that musical educators coach each learner on how to grow as much as possible, whether that person just wants to learn chopsticks, goof off at home, be in a concert band, teach at a music conservatory, or be the soloist in symphony concerts. So, coming from Addison, Allen, Carrollton, North Dallas, Farmer’s Branch, Frisco, Garland, Lewisville, McKinney, Park Cities, Plano, Richardson, Rowlett, Wylie or anywhere within 50 miles of here in Texas (or worldwide over the internet online through elessons) we are committed to your personal success.
While we never require anyone to play in public, we believe performing is one of the most important factors in producing someone who can actually playinstead of someone who just takes lessons, and so we provide woodwinds two opportunities a year to be in a recital or concert. We also put bands together with current students and people who don’t take courses with us, with a coach to mentor and lead, in jazz, classic and modern rock, and praise & worshipstyles. Dedicated woodwind students of all styles may also be eligible for our performance clubs, in which students perform for their fellow learners with a master musician to critique, advise, and mentor on improving abilities. We also encourage all our musicians to participate in any musical competitions, concerts, contests, festivals, improvisations, master classes, and performances we can find – BUT we never force anyone to perform. Performing is great to improve your skill level, but we encourage you to do it, not demand you do it.
Our goal for oboe students is to allow them to play by note and also by ear, and for them to be able to read music awesomely; to be able to improvise if they want to (make stuff up), or just playspontaneously with another musician by listening. This is a well-rounded instrumentalist. Bach and Liszt were famous as improvisers. A school of music should enable "hautbois" instrumentalists to be able to be the soloist or be the foundation of their section – but at our “academy” we base everything on what you want to and how to best get you there. Therefore, the technique exercises oboe players do in our courses fit the kind of music they like and the way(s) they want to play as a performer.
Music theory (brain work) is one of the most misunderstood and undervalued short cuts in the world of learning. Usually educators ignore it entirely, treat it as a necessary nuisance, or act like it’s the entire purpose of music. Basically it’s one of the three easy tools you can use to make your kind of music as quickly as possible (the other two tools are your ear [ear-training] and your fingers [technique]. And this isn’t just for beginning oboists but intermediate, advanced, and professionals as well.
Though slow starting at first, in a few months students with an understanding of music theory will begin to surpass their peers and continue to progress more and more over students who don’t actually comprehend what they’re doing - and oddly enough many classical oboe players don't really know what they're playing, they're just sort of an animated ipod, just reproducing what they see on the page. Knowledge actually makes even performanceby ear or improvisingeasy, explaining what to do and what to listen for. The parts of theory we commonly work on in lessons are ear-training, sight-reading,rhythm counting, and music knowledge. Reading music is just the foundation; we’re talking about knowing what chords are normal in each key or cool style, or being able to use one scale pattern to play in all keys and modes, etc – that is, taking a little info and making it go a long way, for playing and improvisation.
To the student who says “teach me to play the oboe",we would say this is the best school of music in the Metroplex. Our educators have made your success and enjoyment their goal. We are trying to cross the attitude of a music conservatory or woodwind academy, even a university, with just jamming with your buds or playingby earin your room – getting better and having fun. Coming to lessons, improvisingat home, impressing yourself and your friends, mastering your orchestral solo, attending cool workshops and music seminars, learning great songs, cutting albums - we want to produce students who learn and enjoy, all across Texas.
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