The bassoon is to the oboe what the bass clarinet is to the clarinet. It is the larger, lower sounding version of the double reed instrument. However, bassoon students will not play oboe before switching, instead they will begin on the bassoon itself. VERY few students will be selected to play Bassoon.
A slight overbite is okay for students wishing to play bassoon, however, a student with an underbite should avoid bassoon. Agile thumbs is a necessity for playing bassoon proficiently as well as a medium or greater hand span.
Like the oboe, the Bassoon is such a difficult instrument to master, only students with high academic performance records will be considered. Students with a history of disciplinary trouble will NOT be considered for oboe.
Students who choose (and are selected) to play oboe are REQUIRED to take weekly private lessons with the applied lesson teacher at North Richland Middle School. Private lessons cost $20.00 per week and scholarships are available based on financial need and demonstration of diligent work ethic.
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