Had my 5th oboe lesson today. Lots of fun. We laughed over how “I hate half holes!” Went over C, F, & G major scales as planned, and a couple of others, E flat and A major.

I read that at T’s blog.

Woo hoo! A teacher who is pushing scales. I was beginning to think I was the only one; so many of my colleagues have told me they don’t have their students play scales. Some don’t believe they are important. Others say they don’t have time. I’ve had university music majors who couldn’t manage to play scales, and appeared to continue to neglect them the entire time I taught. Fortunately I’m blessed with diligent students now, so that isn’t the case at the moment.

My students learn their scales. Even the young ones. I’m sorry to say that I have a few middle school students who know their scales better than my former university students. Amazing, isn’t it?

If you study with me, practice your scales! I think they are important, and I’m not backing down. 😉


  1. Hilda Ramirez

    T. makes me do scales at every lesson!  And she definitely doesn’t back down on it hehe.

  2. Patricia Mitchell

    I’m delighted to hear this, Hilda. I just can’t believe that some instructors ignore them.

    I had a university student quit taking lessons from me (and try to sneak them in for credit with an outside teacher) because I required scales. I was stunned.