Big Double Reed Day 2019
Rachel teaches in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Junior Department along with Oakham School (Rutland), St Johns College School (Cambridge), The Leys (Cambridge), Beechwood Park School (Hertfordshire) and also some private students. Overall Rachel teaches about 35 oboists each week ranging from beginners to post diploma level students. Many of her students have gained music scholarships to their secondary schools, have gained places in National youth orchestras like the National Children's Orchestra and the National Schools Symphony Orchestra and she has had numerous students gain Scholarships to Music College to continue their studies to degree level. Rachel's ethos for teaching is ensuring her students are having fun while learning essential technique to make the oboe as easy as it can be while passing on a love of music and encouraging musicianship and emotion to come through a students playing. Rachel enjoys giving consultation lessons so if you would like a one off lesson or something more long term do get in touch.
Rachel has coached at the Big Double Reed Day for the past 9 years giving adult masterclasses, Cor Anglais workshops and coaching the junior oboes and bassoons teaching them an ensemble piece to perform at the end of the day. Rachel has also coached at Benslow Hills (Hertfordshire) and on the Music for People Summer Course at Giggleswick School (Yorkshire) working with adult amateur players on chamber music playing. In 2015 Rachel was invited to Portugal to coach the woodwind players from the Yovem Orquestra Portuguesa (Portuguese Youth Orchestra) in preparation for their performances of The Rite of Spring.
When a student at Birmingham Conservatoire Rachel also studied the Recorder to a very high level. Since then she has taught individual recorder lessons at many schools and coached a number of recorder ensembles.
Big Double Reed Day 2019
Oboe demonstration, Cokethorpe School, Oxfordshire
In 2020 Rachel set up a series of online workshops, www.oboeworkshops.co.uk for oboists of every level and standard. These were full day workshops covering warm ups, scales, technique, reed making, a virtual concert and a virtual ensemble. Visiting schools to demonstrate musical instruments, alongside working with students on creative projects are are also a big part of Rachel's work. She has taken part in many woodwind demonstrations as a member of a variety of chamber ensembles and has taken part in many schools music projects as part of the Brandenburg Sinfonia. In these workshops a variety of activities take place, musical story telling, listening, percussion, improvisation, body percussion, working as a large group and in smaller groups all lead to the students performing their own atmospheric story based improvisatory composition.
An important part of teaching is giving regular demonstrations in schools to encourage the next generation of oboe players. Rachel has given demonstrations as part of class lessons, school assemblies, and last year was invited to be part of an endangered species event at the South East Derbyshire Music Centre where students got to hear about the instrument, heard it being played and then were able to come and try the instrument.