Welcome to Building a Bassoonist!

This site is dedicated to helping students feel confident and successful at playing the bassoon.  Whether you’re a student, a parent of a bassoonist, or a band director, there are resources and support here for you!

Hi, I’m Natalie!  Here’s my origin story…

I grew up in rural Montana where there wasn’t a bassoon teacher within 100 miles.  When I started playing the bassoon in middle school, I struggled A LOT!  I tried to teach myself to play, but I encountered many difficulties and even gave it up completely for awhile.  Long story short, I didn’t have the support I needed and ultimately developed many bad habits that had to be fixed later.

That’s why I founded Building a Bassoonist.

I want to help students who may be struggling like I did.  Are you a student who is the only bassoon player in your band class?  Maybe you’re a band director who needs some support helping your bassoon students.  Perhaps you’re a parent of a bassoonist who is looking for resources for your child.  No matter what your situation is, I’m here to help you!

If you’d like to learn more about my background and career, click here!

Here’s what BaB can offer you…

I completely understand that learning and playing the bassoon can be an expensive endeavor.  This is why I offer a lot of free content on this site and on my YouTube channel.  I address common issues and topics in bassoon playing and offer tips to help you out!

I would love to meet with you in a virtual lesson and provide you with immediate help!  Whether you’re just beginning and need assistance getting started or you’re well along in your bassoon journey, I will customize the lesson to meet your needs.  I also offer group lessons and sectionals for band programs.  If you’re a band director, contact me directly at info@buildingabassoonist.com for scheduling and pricing.

One of the most important factors to a bassoonist’s success is the quality of their reeds.  Oftentimes, students will struggle and think that it is their fault, but poor quality reeds are often a culprit.  I highly recommend that you try to purchase from a professional bassoonist if possible.  This is why I offer my own handmade reeds on this site and customize them to meet the needs of the student!

Upcoming Projects

I’m currently working to expand the offerings of Building a Bassoonist to make it more useful and accessible to more students.  The next project in the works is a first year course for beginning bassoon students.  This course will begin students at Day 1 and take them all the way through the end of the first year of study.  It will consist of tutorial videos, play-along vidoes, interactive games, exercises, and more!  Students will be able to submit recordings and receive feedback as they work at their own pace.  The course is currently in beta testing with a group of fantastic band directors and their bassoon students.  Once it is ready for launch, registration will be announced on this site.  If you’re interested in this course or other upcoming projects, subscribe to my email list below so that you never miss an update!

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