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Guide to Finding a Summer Music Camp for Adult Woodwind Players

Are you an adult amateur musician who plays flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe or bassoon? Are you starting to think about what you wanna do this summer to hone your musical skills? ​​ Since our program Virtual Woodwind Academy was originally a summer program (and now it's go-at-your-own-pace, so you can do it anytime...), we wanted to share our 2 cents on what you should look for to get the most bang for your buck! ​​Here's what you should look for:​​​ 1. Lots of individualized support.​​ Themed classes and community bands can only take you so far. You NEED individualized support when you're learning an instrument, because everyone's needs are different! ​​​ 2. Teachers who both teach AND perform (not just just famous names) ​​Have you ever been super excited to study with someone only to find that they're not helping you very much??? Not every great performer is a great teacher too. You shouldn't reading the Rubank book over and over in your lessons. ​​​ 3. A program made specifically for adults​​ As I'm sure you can guess, teaching kids is WAYYY different than teaching adult amateurs. Ana and I have worked with over 200 adult amateurs now through woodwind academy, and can attest that the learning style is totally different. Seek out a program that caters to your specific needs, not one made for "any age/ability."​​​ 4. Teachers who actually CARE about your progress, and who check in with you throughout the program ​​ One of the hallmarks of working with adult musicians, is that y'all require check-ins and accountability! We've found in our programs that check-ins and individualized homework assignments really help to maintain progress, mostly because you guys are doing so much awesome work on your own anyways.​​ And..... if you can't find a program that checks all the boxes for you, shoot us an email at Virtual Woodwind Academy and we'd love to help you out! If you'd like to find out more about our go-at-your-own-pace program for adult amateur woodwind players, you can join our waitlist/enroll here.


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