Topic: Mini-bassoons in teaching
I am looking for teaching experiences in using Guntram Wolf's mini-bassoons with younger children (6-9 years old and too small to hold and finger a full-size bassoon). Has anyone had any experience with these instruments? Do they serve as a good introduction to the bassoon and its sound production, support, embouchre, reed, fingering, and pitch? Do they provide a productive springboard for moving to the regular bassoon once the student is big enough? Can they contribute to, and be used in, beginning school ensembles? Any issues with the clef and pitch of the instrument(s)?
Did anyone attend the session on this topic at IDRS (Morgentown??) a few years ago? Is the session's discussion available?