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Be inspired! Make fantastic oboe reeds!
The Dynamic Reed Maker is a 10 week group coaching program designed to guide you into new dimensions of competence for confident oboe reed making.
The Dynamic Reed Maker provides you with skill development practices, accountability, support and best of all, direct access to some of the world’s best reed makers in The Oboe Reed Master Zoom Reed Room Series. This is the perfect program if you know how you want to feel and how you want to sound when you play the oboe.
I know what it is like to suffer from Reed Anxiety. You make reeds but you know you could do better. Sometimes you don’t know what will improve your reeds and even when you think something might work, you don’t always follow through. This could be because you lack time, courage, skill or materials. You want clarity and confidence and you want to have a reliable and constant supply of fantastic reeds
Are you ready to make fantastic reeds? Registration will open soon for the next session of the Dynamic Reed Maker. Members of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) are eligible for discounts.
“Working with Jeanine is a very positive experience. Above all you will learn about your own abilities and how to tackle them. A closed, private group for working together is a brilliant idea. People feel free to speak more openly about their doubts and problems.”
Principal Oboe, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, Spain.
Included in the Dynamic Reed Maker Program:
The Oboe Reed Master Series
This is fantastic new way to dive deep into the reed making questions that have always baffled you. Ask the expert!
This is a 10-session series, live and interactive in the JK Double Reed Making Zoom Reed Room. You learn from the world’s top reed making experts.
Each expert will be joining twice with at least a week between the two sessions. This gives you a chance to digest the topic and try things out so that you can return to the second session to share your own results, ask questions and dive even deeper into the topic.
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Oboe Reed Masters:
Do you want to work directly with the Oboe Reed Masters? Now you can!
Here’s how it works
The Dynamic Reed Maker
After enrolling you will receive an email with instructions for joining a private and dedicated online community of reed makers and a link for the Zoom Reed Room Live Sessions.
Your enrollment in The Dynamic Reed Maker includes
- 10 weeks of curated reed making content addressing reed making issues such as
- Cane and cane selection
- Fundamentals of great blanks
- Staples and Shapes
- Reed making machines and doing it by hand
- Reed styles
- Fine Adjustments
- access to the program resources for 12 full weeks
- replays so you can go through everything again and again
- Skill development support
Skills are easy to teach and challenging to learn
- access to all 10 Oboe Reed Master Series live sessions AND the replays.
- One emergency Reed Crisis Management one-on-one call with Jeanine
- One week of break and 13 weeks of access.
Each week you get
- Weekly goal setting, reed strategies and accountability
- One Oboe Reed Master Zoom Session — ca 60mins
- An additional Q & A Zoom Reed Room (Group) Session with Jeanine — 30-60 mins as needed
It is also possible to book ONLY The Oboe Reed Master Series.
Each of the guest Oboe Reed Masters will be giving two 1-hour sessions with at least week’s break between to allow you to digest and try out new techniques. When the Reed Master returns for the second time you can share results, ask questions and go even deeper into the topics.
Further Program Information
- All live, interactive Zoom sessions including The Oboe Reed Master take place via Zoom (you are going to love Zoom!) on a rotating schedule to accommodate various time zones all over the world. Replays are available in the private Facebook Group if you miss the live sessions.
- Early in the Dynamic Reed Maker program, you will visualize your ideal reed and use this to set goals and develop strategies which will make your individual and daily tasks clear and easy to execute.
- You will work at your own pace. Each week we will dissect specific topics one at a time but you will be continually make reeds in the tempo and number of your choice.
- According to equipment and scraping style (European short scrape, American long scrape, historical reed making styles, etc) you will be divided into self-led “consorts” to tackle the tiniest nuances and details specific to your common equipment and style.
- You will commit to your own goals and get reminders and support so that you are inspired and motivated to follow through.
What you need for the program
You will need a computer, laptop or mobile device with camera, microphone and speakers, stable internet connection and reed making supplies and materials or access to a reed making supplier.
The 2020 Dynamic Reed Maker Spring Session was a huge success! Sign up soon for the next Session. Receive a 20 % refund after enrollment if you recommend a friend/colleague who signs up. Discounts also available for IDRS members.
“DO IT! You will learn from others and about yourself — not just reed making. Are you willing to go first? Are you willing to take the risk of changing a habit that might not be helpful. What is your reed superpower!! (Love it- mine is tying.)”
Avid Amateur Oboist, English Horn, actor/musician Mozart in the Jungle
Tell me about your current reed making needs. Schedule a Discovery Call
Enrollment for the Fall session of the Dynamic Reed Maker opens soon. Schedule a call to find out if this program is a good fit for you.
You may be eligible for discounts.
Is the Dynamic Reed Maker program right for me?
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m a professional/amateur/beginning reed maker.
The Dynamic Reed Maker is an intense course designed for experienced reed makers. If you have a solid sense of sound on your instrument and have the basic skills and equipment for making an oboe reed, you will find what you need here in this course. If you have never had an oboe reed making lesson, this is not the right course for you. Whether you are a professional player or an amateur player has no bearing on your participation here as we are all looking for intense musical expression. If you are highly experienced, you will find new depths and possibilities.
I play the American long scrape/European short scrape/historical oboes.
This reed making program is holistic and all-encompassing. The scope of this program allows us to discuss the nuances for the short and long scrape methods and we will also be expanding your fundamental understanding of reed making by examining the universal nature of the cane and the influences of the individual parts. I have been conscientious in choosing experts for the Oboe Reed Masters Series who represent different scraping style preferences. I was trained in the American long scrape mostly by students of Tabuteau and Mack. I learned the European long scrape from Jürgen Krebs, producing finished European short scrape reeds for Kreedo Shop. Furthermore I am specialized in historical performance practice and have worked with a number of experts in historical reed making techniques including Bruce Haynes, Steve Hammer, Gonzalo X. Ruiz and Jennifer Harris.
Do I need a Facebook profile to participate in The Dynamic Reed Maker?
Yes. The real magic in this course happens inside the private Facebook group. Ultimately, I would like to host our private community discussions and resources on a separate platform. I am aware that many people have good reasons for not wanting a presence on Facebook and because I respect this choice, I am exploring a number of alternatives for future iterations of this program.
I am new at oboe playing and reed making. Should I sign up?
This is not a beginner’s course. However, as long as you have a solid sense of sound, know how you want to feel when you play the oboe, can tie a blank independently and have basic knife skills, you will be able to participate in this course
I’ve been making reeds independently for many years and want to hone my skills.
Yes! Absolutely. I have designed this course for you. You will be able to dive very deep into those topics that are yet mysterious.
I am a professional/amateur oboist.
For three years now, I have been interviewing reed makers at all levels, professional, amateur, hobbyists, young and old. It has been my experience that all of us confront exactly the same reed issues. This course is designed to serve the interests of oboists who make their own reeds, regardless of your age, gender and whether you consider yourself professional or amateur. If you are a life-long learner and have a concept of the sound you want to make on an oboe and how you want to feel when you make it, this is the right course for you.
How much time will I need to invest?
In this program you will work at your own pace and on your own self-selected timeline. Each week you will have access to one 60 min Oboe Reed Master live session and an additional 30-60 min Zoom Reed Room Q & A session. The times of these live sessions will be set on a rotating schedule to accommodate time zones all over the world. You will have access to all live session replays to view at your leisure.
Am I eligible for a discount?
You are eligible for a discount on your registration fee if you are already an IDRS member or if you join now. If you recommend this course to a friend or colleague and that oboist signs up, you receive an additional 20% reduction to your fee. If you participated in another event through JK Reed Making you may also have received a coupon code for a discount.
May I pay in the course fee in installments?
Please contact me to discuss the possibility of setting up a payment plan that fits your situation.
Do I have to have all my equipment and supplied before the program begins?
No. We will get organised in the first week. You will have time to place orders for any supplies and materials. So far, online-order reed supply vendors are largely unaffected by the current Corona situation.
Still not sure?
Click the button and use registration form to book a discovery call with Jeanine. Find out if the Dynamic Reed Maker or The Oboe Reed Master is a good fit for your needs and interests.