Jessica Allison's Double Reed Studio

This page serves as an online resource for both students and parents that are currently involved in the studio. It is also open to the general public.

Are you an oboe or bassoon player who would like some extra help in understanding the double reed world? If so, shoot me a message, and let's get started! I am an oboe player by trade, but can also teach bassoon. This is page is for current students, family, and friends of the studio. This page will be continually updated, and filled with plenty of materials to keep students involved and excited about their new found interest!

Mission: To provide a knowledge and understanding to those dedicated to learning a double reed instrument, and give all students an opportunity to excel in music.

[01/15/18]   No lessons today! 1/15

[12/18/17]   There will be no lessons today- I hope everyone has a great holiday break!!

[10/23/17]   Just a reminder- no lessons today! I’ll see everyone next week.

[07/10/17]   Lessons for tomorrow will be scheduled as normal- get those last lessons in before marching band begins! :)

[07/03/17]   Lessons for tomorrow will be scheduled the same as usual! Let's get our Independence Day oboe-ing on!

[06/19/17]   Just a quick reminder there are no lessons this week! Lesson resume next Monday as usual- thanks!

[05/08/17]   Just a reminder that there will be no lessons today! See everyone next week!

Mozart: Oboenkonzert C-Dur KV 314 ∙ hr-Sinfonieorchester ∙ François Leleux ∙ Andrés Orozco-Estrada

The ultimate oboe piece that every oboist, young and old, must know. Mozart's oboe concerto is asked at all professional auditions, and is the cornerstone of our standard repertoire. I encourage everyone to listen and purchase a recording of this piece. It's a must know!

Also, performed by one of my favorite oboists :), enjoy!

Allegro aperto ∙ Adagio non troppo ∙ Rondo. Allegretto ∙ hr-Sinfonieorchester – Frankfurt Radio Symphony ∙ François Leleux, Oboe ∙ Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Dir...

[02/16/17]   PSA:

With sickness being rampant throughout the area's public schools, I encourage everyone to take precautions and take some extra care with your reeds. Double reeds are quick to pick up germs and hold on to them.

Take your reeds and soak them for a little bit in a hydrogen peroxide/H2O mixture. You can also simply put a bit of antibacterial mouth wash in a water mixture and soak the reeds for a little bit. Make sure to leave the reeds out to dry thoroughly before returning to your cases.

Take care everyone, and don't forget to change out your toothbrushes if you've been sick! 😷

Beginning Bassoon Basics: Hand Placement and Posture

Bassoon Hand-Placement awareness month! I've been discussing the importance of posture with a lot of my students. This is a simple video briefly discussing the 'do's and don'ts' of holding the bassoon.

This video will teach you the basics of hand placement and how to properly sit when you play the bassoon.

What to look for when choosing an oboe. A how-to guide.

Brian Charles talks about a few of the important things to look for when choosing an oboe. There is so much to say about this topic, and only a small percent...

[01/30/17]   Just a quick reminder regarding inclement weather: If school is closed, then there will be no lessons. Lessons that are already paid for will roll over to the following month.

Everyone stay safe and warm!

Antonio Vivaldi Sonata for bassoon and harp in A minor.Roman Reznik Bassoon

A very lovely combination!

Roman Reznik, Bassoon Delphine Constantin, Harp This sonata is now available on CD along with other baroque sonatas :

[01/13/17]   This is just a reminder that all lessons at JSBHS (1/16), will be cancelled due to my surgery recovery.Those lessons will resume on January 23rd.

J.N. Hummel oboe by Yeonsu

Johann Nepomuk Hummel Introduction, Theme, and Variations, Op.102 Oboe by Yeonsu 11 years old, Kumho Prodigy Concert 2010, Korea

[11/06/16]   Lessons at JSB high school are cancelled for tomorrow (11/7).

Embouchure for low E and below on bassoon

A great video for some help in those lower registers of the bassoon!

From Music and the Bassoon by Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Unit 35:

Camerata Salzburg & François Leleux playing Pasculli

Leleux is one of my favorite oboe players. The Pasculli is a very fun piece, and it's so nice to see musicians playing in an 'everyday' type atmosphere. Check it out!

Paganini is back alive with François Leleux and Camerata Salzburg at Classic.Esterhazy (A. Pasculli concert after a theme from "La Favorita" from Donizetti)

Forming the Oboe Embouchure for Beginning Oboists

For beginners, professionals, and everyone in between! The embouchure is one of the most important components of your playing. When we spend time practicing and begin to get tired, our embouchure can quickly change without us even realizing it. Check out this short video, and incorporate it into your practice sessions this week. Also, don't forget to practice in front of a mirror when possible! No smiling allowed! :)

Forming the Oboe Embouchure for Beginning Oboists, Dr. Christa Garvey University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

Oboe World

An interesting little video- oboe for everyone!!

17 oboe students of Chatham, NJ-based teacher Lynne Cohen navigate the challenges of playing the oboe, which include making the instrument 'sound,' and learn...

[06/21/16]   Hello all! Private lessons will begin next Tuesday(28th) at Euclid Avenue Baptist Church from 1:00-5:00pm. This summer schedule is open to anyone interested, and will be 30 or 60 minute slots. If interested, please message me with your preferred time.

Happy practicing!

[04/19/16]   Due to a performance, all lessons today are cancelled.

[03/29/16]   All lessons at JSB today are cancelled.

Bassoon And Oboe Reeds Handmade

Reeds made by Zach Millwood, a fabulous bassoonist with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra! Check out the site and try some awesome hand-made reeds. Bassoon and oboe reeds handmade for professionals and students. Finely-finished Soft, Regular, and Hard reeds, mostly-finished reeds, and blanks.

Why would anybody want to play the oboe?

A funny little video, but very informative as to why we oboists are the way we are!

A video of interest to any oboe player. Made it to 100,000 views. I was surprised that this video wasn't loaded when I searched. From a 1997 broadcast. Thank...

[02/11/16]   Studio Contract: Why are they so important?

[02/11/16]   Hello everyone, and thanks for liking the 'JADRS' page. I will be slowly building this page as need be, but would like for all students, parents, and friends of the studio to provide any feedback you deem necessary.

This is another approach to reach out to students and parents to get everyone involved, updated, and continually enjoying life as a double reed player!

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Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
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