On my website, I've posted some brief articles on oboe method books for beginners, intermediate, and advanced oboists. I've described several of the books that people have listed above. You might want to check out the descriptions of the books I've listed in "intermediate" and "advanced" categories. I've also listed the publisher information for each book.
overview article: http://www.oboeweb.com/2007/09/03/recommended-oboe-method-books/
For students similar in skills to what it looks like you have, I tend to use the articulation etudes and 40 progressive melodic etudes in the early part of the Barret book, and supplement with several other exercises based on the student, such as:
Melodious Etudes for Oboe by Bordogni: these are vocal exercises that have been transcribed for oboe. They're not terribly technical in nature - perhaps a little easier than some of the Barret 40 Progressive Melodic etudes. It is perfect for teaching students how to pay close attention to phrasing, and to make convincing phrasing decisions. The etudes work well on both oboe and English horn. I just discovered it last year, and it's been added to my personal regular practice rotation of etudes (along with Barret, Ferling, Prestini, Debondue, Salviani and Gillet.)
Salviani oboe method, volume 2: scale based exercises that are both technical and lyrical in nature. It makes good sense to start students on phrasing in the Barret articulation exercises, then apply the same phrasing structure and articulation styles with the Salviani studies.
Debondue etudes: see this terrific article describing each of the Debondue etude books from the IDRS Journal, written by James Lakin: http://www.idrs.org/Publications/DR/DR1.3/oboe.html
My personal favorite to invest in is the 24 Melodic Etudes book, but the 32 Etudes and 25 Etudes are also terrific books.
Andraud Practical and Progressive Method: ditto what Nancy said above! A treasure trove of great information.
Scales and Arpeggios by Ian Denley: a book of major, minor, and whole-tone scales, including broken thirds and arpeggios. This is a great, inexpensive resource for getting students to memorize those patterns.
Prestini etudes: these are terrific for those who need a bit of technique work, including up in the high Eb/E/F range. These aren't as hard as some of the Gillet technical exercises.
Vade Mecum (some etudes in here are particularly helpful for students learning English horn... for example, some of the lyrical etudes that have a lot of large leaps and slurs.
Gillet etudes: the scale-based "Exercises pur la Technique Superieure du hautbois" (Exercises for Advanced Oboe Technique) is very good for somewhat advanced intermediate-level players. The "20 Minute Etudes" requires further advanced technical skills. The challenging "Etudes pur l'enseignement superieur du hautbois" (i.e. "Studies for the Advanced Teaching of the Oboe") includes a practice method. A player will need to have enough technical and musical facility to have mastered Ferling etudes before getting to this Gillet book.
All that said, two caveats to consider:
First, I tend to be a little skittish of expecting non-performance major students to initially buy four or five different etude books - especially if they're very expensive. I'd rather them buy two books initially (usually Barret and Salviani, or Barret and Denley if they need less technically-demanding scale based etudes - substitute Gekeler 2 for Barret if money is an issue). I'll occasionally loan them copies of some of the books listed above if they contain specific studies that will compliment their skill development. Then, students can save their money for good reeds/reedmaking supplies, CDs, and solo literature!
Another thing to keep in mind is the age of your students. You might want to be careful about using Rubank books, as they tend to be viewed by many players as pre-college etude books. Both Rubank Advanced Book One and Advanced Book Two contain a great deal of outstanding content for early college players, including many etudes by Barret, Niemann, and Brod. However, because many students first start oboe lessons using Rubank Elementary Oboe Method books, there is a little bit of a "kiddie book" stigma I've noticed that older students have towards anything Rubank. It's never a bad idea to be a little cautious about assigning something that could make a student feel somewhat embarrassed or insulted because they perceive a book as remedial - even if the content is appropriate for early-advanced players.
Personally, I prefer use Gekeler Method Two for older students who haven't played Barret yet and/or aren't ready to invest in the expensive Barret book. Gekeler volume 2 seems more appropriate than Rubank for more mature students, and it contains both the first forty progressive Barret etudes and some terrific technical exercises that go up to high F6! Thanks to those exercises in the back half of the book, people don't look at this book and think it's a "kiddie book".
For complete oboe beginners, I use Gekeler One for all ages (with several edits of the text and musical suggestions). I then move to a specifically selected intermediate book based on a student's needs before advancing to Gekeler Two for the majority of intermediate to early-advanced students. Because of the hard technical etudes in Gekeler Two, I don't notice a similar "kiddie book" stigma associated with Gekeler Two, no matter the age of the student.
Lynne Marie Flegg
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