Oboe Reed Classes

Take Charge of Your Own Destiny

About Oboe Reed Classes

I can create a playing reed from shaped cane in 3 minutes. I can rejuvenate a reed that feels nearly dead. I can take a reed that someone else made and refine it to my comfort level. I can adjust one of my own reeds to suit a new acoustical or environmental situation. Wouldn’t it be nice to have that much efficiency and competence?

I enjoy making reeds, and I love to teach. I feel that this crucial skill is best learned in small group settings – students can collaborate and learn from each other, and more advanced reedmakers can help beginners, and everyone can have more fun than they otherwise would have.  Whether it’s a friendly Reeding Circle or a more intense twelve hour Reed Boot Camp, I am ready to help you improve your speed, competence, and comfort.  For those who aren’t local, I have a new Reed Repair Service – analysis, help, and advice from a distance!

Social Reedmaking!

I offer “Reeding Circles” once or twice a month.  Bring your own tools and materials, or use mine.  Bring reeds in progress, or bring blanks, or bring a knife and a smile and we’ll start from scratch.   Oboists are social creatures – we should embrace that!  Classes are only $25 to attend (free to current students and recent Boot Camp participants- just email me to register!) and cane and staples are available for purchase on site.  I have tools to loan as well, and participants have full access to my collection of shaper tips and thread colors! I’m as hands-on as you need, no more.  Specific location information given out upon reservation.

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Check out Reed Repair Shop #1: Anthony!

Reed Repair Shop!

Maybe you are making your own reeds. And maybe you are not having as much success as you would like. Sometimes you take one small step away from what used to work, and then you start having to compensate for that new step, and then you can’t find your way back to normalcy. Sometimes it takes an outside eye to see the obvious solution. Sometimes a variety of annoying issues can be traced back to one consistent error, that YOU can’t see because you are too close, and too frustrated. Sometimes you just need some nonjudgmental feedback from someone else, someone with years of experience in “making it work”.

I can help. Send me one or three representative reeds that you have made and don’t love. I will look at them, give you my impressions, work to improve them, and capture all of this process on video for you to see.  I will send them back to you – hopefully improved, certainly diagnosed, complete with advice to take you forward!

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Oboe Reed Boot Camp

  • Are you the reedmaker you want to be?
  • Are you a reedmaker at all?
  • Do you spend more time scraping and cursing than making beautiful music?
  • Do you spend a small fortune on reeds that MIGHT work for you when and if they arrive?

When you make your own oboe reeds, your goal is to have control over the sound you make and the ease with which you produce it. My goal at Oboe Reed Boot Camp is to give you the skills to QUICKLY construct a reed, assess its potential, and finish it to your own specifications. If you would like to take more control over your reed life, develop your skills, be able to quickly assess whether a reed will work or not, tweak it to your satisfaction, and MOVE ON to the more fulfilling things in your life… You may be ready for OBOE REED BOOT CAMP!

Spend a weekend this summer with expert reed-maker Jennet Ingle and a special guest Master Reedmaker in this super-interactive day camp. You will learn and review fundamentals, participate in winding and scraping drills, play games and compete, and make more reeds than you ever thought you could. ALL MATERIALS ARE INCLUDED – so you can ruin as many pieces of cane as you have to to LEARN.

Dates: Watch this space for 2019 Dates!

If this doesn’t work for you, please contact me about an Oboe Reed Boot Camp in YOUR community – if we can come up with five or more interested oboists, a date, and a venue, I will come to you!  Talk to me even if you don’t think you have quite enough participants – I am happy to work with you to fill the date!

Update: As of July 1 2018, my South Bend ORBC is AT CAPACITY and no longer accepting registrations. Please contact me if you are interested in a wait list or if you think I should try to schedule MORE of these in the future!

Cost: $275; includes ALL CANE, STAPLES, and THREAD, and free admission to Reeding Circles for a full year!

Recommended tools:  Knife, Plaque, Cutting Block, Mandrel, Ruler. I’ll have a limited number of these available to use at Camp, but you will certainly want your own to move forward with thereafter.  You can find these items on my site, for the most part, or see my recommendations HERE.  All other materials will be provided!

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Boot Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Can’t find your answer here?  Email me at jennetinglereeds@gmail.com

I’m coming in from out of town – where can I stay?

I don’t have specific deals to offer, but let me suggest that Northern Indiana is a lovely place to be. South Bend has a beautiful riverfront path, and a Saturday morning Farmer’s Market to die for, and neighboring Mishawaka has all of the shopping that there is to have. My home is just a few miles south of Niles MI, and once you get up into Southern Michigan you could even look at St. Joseph, a fun touristy town on Lake Michigan only 35 minutes from here. Breweries, wineries, orchards…

I generally use Priceline.com and just search for the best deals.

What equipment do I need to bring?

I will supply all of the cane, staples, thread, and incidental supplies that may be needed. I’ll also have sharpening stones, pencils, handouts, and even some spare knives and mandrels to experiment with. You will want to bring your own knife, plaque, mandrel, cutting block, and ruler (See my recommendations).  These links don’t lead to required items, but they are the ones I recommend and use myself.  Have a reed case ready to accommodate what you produce. For your future reed-making, you will need thread and a sharpening stone, but NOT for this camp.

My schedule has changed! Can I drop out?

If you should find it necessary to withdraw from this excellent learning experience, I will be sad. But I will return your payment in full if you withdraw before July 6.  After that time, I can refund only half your tuition.

Can I take an oboe lesson, too?

Absolutely! I love oboists, and I would love to hear you play, before or after any of the class periods. While you are in town we can set up as many private sessions as our schedules can handle.

Can I take one with your Guest Master Reedmaker?

I don’t know, but I’ll ask for you.

Can’t I just learn to make reeds in my regular lessons and by coming to your monthly Reeding Circles?

Yes, of course. But here’s my thought.

Reed-making is a skill unrelated to playing the oboe, but you’ve got to have good reeds to play. Good reeds cost money, or they take time. Most of the learning curve is just about experience, and knowing what to do once your reed is close to being great. There’s no real shortcut. You just have to make a whole bunch of reeds.

Boot camp will get you making a whole bunch of reeds. Monthly reeding circles will get you making about one or two reeds a month. That might go up to two to three with a little time in lessons.

In other words, boot camp is a faster way to the goal of having more control over your own reeds.

I want to make English horn reeds, not oboe reeds. Do you teach that?

Absolutely! Just warn me ahead so I can be prepared with lots of EH cane. Or specific shapes on the oboe cane. Or d’amore cane. I can do anything.

Jennet Ingle


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Recent ORBC participants wrote:

Before arriving in South Bend, I was not a knowledgeable or practiced reed-maker but after the two-day, intensive Boot Camp to which I travelled from Canada, I feel much better equipped to build in what I want to hear in my reeds. Jennet and Erika both demonstrated an extraordinary combination of teaching skills and performance ability.  The teaching at Boot Camp was creative, and for learners included working with others on reed-making, as well as a variety of games to keep us hopping (partnered reed making, time trials, and challenges). Whether in reed-making, teaching oboe, or instrument repair on the fly, Jennet is a master diagnostician.  It was a congenial, social, group of people of varying abilities: Erika and Jennet handled with aplomb learners from beginner to advanced including reed-making teachers. I now feel confident making reeds, in fact, I enjoy it. I doubt very much that anyone has ever been to a Boot Camp which is such fun!

I can now make a reed from scratch in less time than it used to take me to adjust (badly) a fully finished store bought reed.

…I loved the individual working time. It gave me a chance to feel like I know what reed style worked for me and gave me my own little sense of accomplishment.

I enjoyed the individual time that you spend with us and the unlimited amount of supplies. I also loved listening to oboe music all day long! I had a wonderful time!

Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine I would be able to cut down my reedmaking time! OMG…….the boot camp was the solution!! Jennet and Erica are true educators as well as amazing performers. Their patience, organizational skills, flexibility, willingness to share knowledge, and expertise is a true blessing! I will be attending future workshops in many years to come!!!

Kathy from Ontario

I found the whole experience very helpful. Viewing the others’ reeds, and yours, and talking about issues as they occurred was instructive as was trying to diagnose and remedy problems in our own and others’ efforts. The group experience in this way is more rich than a private reed-making lesson.

…having a professional reedmaker at our disposal for any questions was very positive in a reassuring sort of way that we could make reeds and ask questions whenever we needed. Also having so many resources in reed supplies at our disposal was quite comforting.

Reed boot camp was an excellent learning opportunity. Your approach to reed making was methodical and step-by-step, resulting in a working reed, and the ability to diagnose shortcomings in reeds that can be adjusted and fixed. I enjoyed working with other reed makers and the team spirit that resulted in. You gave thoughtful feedback that helped fixed problems without making student reed makers feel foolish.

I really loved the boot camp and want to come back next year, but you did such a good job that I don’t know if I’ll need to! I went from not being able to make a reed i would play on to hopefully never having to buy a reed again. 10/10 highly recommend

Between my job, family, musical groups, and other obligations I never seem to have enough time to practice and also work on reeds. Oboe Reed Boot Camp gives me a chance to create a big batch of reeds that will last me for months so I don’t have so much stress about reeds. When else can I spend 12 hours over 2 days just focusing on oboe and English horn reeds! I loved meeting so many different oboe players from all different backgrounds, of all ages, and all skill levels.

Boot camp gave me a lot of confidence to continue reed-making on my own.

I have worked on a reed or two nearly every evening since attending the Reed Boot Camp and with greater success I feel more confident in my reed making/adjusting abilities

Loved your Oboe Reed Boot Camp this weekend. Wonderful to meet other oboist at all levels and ages. Fun discussing oboe/EH reed issues. Exchanging knowledge and solving reed making problems was so helpful.