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Oboe Tuition

We now offer tuition in oboe. If you would like more information please contact us.

£40 per hour

£30 per 45 mins

£20 per 30 mins


A full fee cancellation charge is applicable for cancellations of 24 hours or less.


If you do not live within the Oxford area, I would be happy to provide you with an hourly rate- depending upon your location.

About Oboe

The oboe is a double reed instrument that belongs to the woodwind family. It first appeared in the 17th Century and was called a hautbois. Nobody is really sure who invented it or exactly when it came into existence.


The original oboe was quite simple, with only 3 keys in total (a great key and 2 side keys). Changes in pitch were acheived by overblowing (increasing the air stream) to reach the next harmonic. Over the years the oboe changed shape so that the bore was narrowed and  several more keys were added. A slur key is considered the predecessor to what was known as the octave key, and is now the modern key.


Modern oboes are usually made from African blackwood, although rosewood and cocobolo are also used. An oboe with a  full conservatoire (or key system) has 45 pieces of keywork. The keys are usually made of nickel silver. Reeds are also quite complex and can control tone and tuning of the oboe.