Shawn, it seems you haven't had any replies to this very pertinent query; I'll venture a reply to keep the dialogue going. I believe far too many oboe instructors teach the way they were taught, and so we (over)use Gekeler, Barret and Ferling etudes in the studio. One recent innovative alternative was developed by my former student Linwood "Chip" Zoller as part of his doctoral dissertation requirement at Louisiana State University. He began this line of inquiry when we were both at the University of Georgia (jump in if you read this, Chip.) The monograph is now free online at http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-11112011-090013/ and takes 13 fine etudes from under-represented method books written during the period of common practice to develop a new edited compilation.
You may also wish to have students compose or arrange their own music. This may develop other relevant skills and be an engaging exercise.
Last edited by Dwight Manning (2014-08-27 18:21:47)
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