Terry Keevil

Oboist – Performance – Instruction


Ethan Ramcharitar

Ethan Ramcharitar

Students who I work with learn to play with a beautiful sound, develop a complete, effective technique and feel at ease while performing.   Many of my students have gone to All State festivals and some have participated in the in the Julliard Pre-college program and gone on to study at top music schools such as Eastman, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music.  A number of my students are playing or have played in the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, the Long Island Youth Symphony and the Gemini Youth Orchestra, and several of them have played with the New York Youth Symphony.  One of them performed in the National Orchestra of Puerto Rico for three years.

Marty Lipnick

Marty Lipnick

I appreciate the quality of the students that show up for lessons. I feel that there’s something about the nature of the oboe that tends to attract students of exceptional ability and intelligence. I find that most of them have a special connection with the instrument and a strong motivation to learn and improve their playing.

Because of my teaching ability and extensive experience, I am able to offer effective solutions to the particular challenges of oboe playing, such as embouchure, breath support and reeds.  I’m happy to work with beginners all the way to very advanced.  Over the years, I have taught a number of adults, in addition to students from 3rd grade to college age.

I am glad to be involved with such inspiring work.  It’s uplifting and meaningful to hear a student improve and play beautifully.

I offer private instruction at my studio in Stony Brook, NY.  I can be reached at 631-689-3415 or at keevil1oboe@gmail.com

Playing One Sound

  • Sit or stand tall and balanced.
  • Bring the oboe up to you.
  • Place the reed half way up the red part of the lower lip.
  • Relax the eyes, face, shoulders and on down through the entire body, as if you are disappearing.
  • Imagine a huge sphere without contours, with your body at the center.
  • Breathe easily through your mouth  and feel that the entire sphere is filled with breath.
  • Form the embouchure, like an “anteater snout”.
  • Touch the tip of the reed with the tip of your tongue.
  • Say “too” to begin the note.
  • Feel the sound vibrating throughout the entire sphere.

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