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 ten 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.

Register for upcoming classes: 

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.  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!

Here’s how to order…

Oboe Reed Boot Camp/Oboe EXTROBOE

  • 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.

NEW IN 2019: EXTROBOE!  I’ve been finding over the past few years that our enrollees come from all over the country for the reed making, and they learn a ton and grow close, but they crave EVEN MORE CONNECTION.  Because so many people requested extra lessons in past years, and because there seems to be a desire for more social oboe-ing, I am adding an expanded, enhanced experience – Oboe EXTROBOE! This will begin Friday at 6, with an ice-breaking craft session – Make your own Reed Case! Dye your own Thread! We’ll play some large group oboe pieces, then break up into trios and duos to select and rehearse oboe chamber music. Finally, Erica and I will present an Ask Us Anything masterclass – topics might include breathing, doubling on English horn, warm-up routines, extended techniques, alternate fingerings, vibrato – OR WHATEVER YOU WANT US TO TALK ABOUT.

On Saturday and Sunday, before and between Boot Camp sessions, we will run Lesson Classes – each EXTROBOE participant will have at least one opportunity to play for us, and you will be a fly on the wall watching us work with your colleagues. There will be value in EVERY SESSION, both in direct attention to YOUR issues and in ideas you can glean from other people’s problems and solutions.  There will be another opportunity to rehearse your chamber piece Saturday evening before Jennet and Erica’s joint recital, and the chamber works will be performed Sunday for all ORBC participants. EXTROBOE is an OPTIONAL add-on to Oboe Reed Boot Camp, and enrollment is limited.  Think about registering NOW!

2020 Dates: TBA, August, South Bend IN

If Indiana doesn’t work for you, please contact me about an Oboe Reed Boot Camp in YOUR community – if we can come up with five to ten interested oboists, a date, and a venue, I can 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! 

Tuition includes ALL CANE, STAPLES, and THREAD, and free admission to Reeding Circles for a full year!

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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 or Hotels.com and just search for the best deals.  Note that the Inn at St Marys and the Hilton Garden Inn South Bend are both RIGHT ON CAMPUS and walking distance to our Boot Camp building, 

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 mm ruler (See my recommendations).  These links don’t lead to required items, but they are the ones I recommend and use myself.  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 3.  After that time, I can refund only half your ORBC tuition.

Can I take an oboe lesson, too?

Not this year – I love oboists, and I would love to hear you play, but our added EXTROBOE program will not allow any spare time for private sessions.  Contact me at any other time of the year, or join us in the small group EXTROBOE experience! 

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 make you make a whole bunch of reeds.

Monthly reeding circles will probably only net you one or two reeds a month. That might go up to two to three with a little time in lessons, though that time then comes away from your playing work. 

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.  But not Baroque oboe reeds.  There I draw the line. 

What would I PLAY in your EXTROBOE lesson class?

Literally anything you want. Something you are comfortable with – a solo you’ve been working on, an etude that you already know and love, or something that you are struggling with.  No matter what the material is, Erica and I will identify something to talk about, to suggest, to improve, and to take away with you.  We are both experienced educators who work with ALL levels, and love ALL oboists.  And frankly, I’D love to have a coaching session with Erica myself.  You’re never too awesome to benefit from an outside ear!

Jennet Ingle


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Recent ORBC participants wrote:

ORBC was an invaluable experience — the perfect culmination to learning from Jennet’s reed-making videos. I started playing oboe and making reeds 35 years ago but life got busy, and I only seriously re-started playing oboe a year ago and making reeds this summer. Jennet has helped me come a long way in a very short time. At ORBC, I especially appreciated the hands-on assistance with my technique — I knew from the videos basically what to do, but the in-person interaction helped me to execute it so much better. Jennet, and her co-teacher Erica, have demystified reed-making for me. It really is possible to make a reed that plays better for me than any professionally made reed I’ve been able to find. The time trials were confidence-building — two days in a row, I succeeded in making a reed from winding to playing a two-octave scale in about 14 1/2 minutes! Knowing that I can pick up a reed (in fact a lot of reeds!) any time that will actually play with good response, appropriate resistance, relatively stable pitch, and a nice tone makes playing the oboe so much more enjoyable! And I find working on reeds fun and satisfying — a therapeutic break in my day. Thanks Jennet and Erica!!! 

Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D.

Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University

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!

The ORBC is life changing. I was on a plateau with reed making until I attended the reed camp for the first time last year. Jennet and Erica’s straight forward and creative approach changed my own playing, teaching and reed making – a no fussy approach!!! I use to spend hours on reeds, and now, I am able to spend more time practicing with the ability to make a reed in a short amount of time. I love their descriptive terms – chimney, gutter, rooftop,etc. It finally makes sense – I now love to make reeds, due to their reed camp!!!!

Kathy Beatty - Ontario

Oboe Reed Boot Camp was a wonderful experience! The teachers gave expert guidance that I could try out instantly. Because I could make another reed using what I learned, I felt like I began to understand what I was doing in a way I didn’t previously. I feel much more confident about making reeds! And it was fun!! Jennet and Ericka were kind, encouraging, and enthusiastic. They LOVE the oboe and making reeds! I highly recommend Oboe Reed Boot Camp!

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.

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.

EXTROBOE was better than I dreamed it would be. I loved making music with other oboists. We had great discussions about playing techniques, and I came home with much to think about and to practice. No matter the playing level, the experience was positive and nurturing. The teachers and the participants were friendly and helpful. Having two teachers gives you different ideas on how to be successful. I am so glad I went. I didn’t want it to end!

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.