Reeds and Teaching

As a teacher, Tim's teaching philosophy is that students must learn how to teach themselves. Most students receive (at most) one lesson a week, but are then on their own to practice the other six days a week. Through asking his students questions and to self-reflect on their own playing, Tim hopes to teach his students how to best use their own practice time.

A prolific reed maker, Tim has sold over 2000 oboe and English horn reeds to students, amateurs, and professionals through his online store at www.ihateoboereeds.com and through working with Midwest Musical Imports.


Recently, he was awarded the New England Conservatory Alumni Award to help expand his reed lesson website, www.howtomakeoboereeds.com to include guest lessons with other professional oboists. Check out www.howtomakeoboereeds.com for online reed making lessons and don't hesitate to ask any questions!

Tim has a variety of teaching experience, from teaching private oboe and piano lessons to teaching general music to large classes of general music. In addition to his performance degrees, Tim received a Concentration in Music-in-Education from New England Conservatory which included teaching internships and pedagogy classes. He was an oboe teaching assistant at the Yale School of Music, piano faculty at The Conservatory for Music and Dance in Eagleville, PA, and the woodwind instructor at Siena Summer Session Music Festival in Siena, Italy in 2014. He was twice a teaching intern at MusicLaunch, an "innovative community-minded music education lab," where he taught weekly music classes to students in the greater Boston area. While a student at the New England Conservatory, he was a research assistant for the Center for Music-in-Education for a study on the benefits of arts education. He has taught several interactive guest programs to schools and libraries in the greater Philadelphia and Boston areas and has maintained small teaching studios in the New Haven and Philadelphia area.