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Blaire K. S. Koerner

Name: Blaire K. S. Koerner
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Location: Rochester, New York US 14605

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Additional Info: Lessons​ - Bassoon

Whether creating adaptable life-skills or forming a powerfully beautiful bassoon tone, Blaire’s private bassoon lessons are packed with information and enthusiasm. The underpinning of her teaching relies on a balance of instrument discovery, bassoon fundamentals, reed maintenance and growing the student’s repertoire and listening skills. Blaire also understands a student’s need to play and perform, encouraging them to bring pieces they wish to learn, to listen to cross-genre works, and learn by ear and through reading music. In her lessons, she uses motivation and relatable substance to keep students engaged and enthused.

These practices have been an integral part of over a decade of bassoon teaching, including in her current roles as adjunct bassoon instructor for Syracuse University's Setnor School of Music and for Eastman Community Music School (ECMS). By applying these principles students have successfully navigated their way through a variety of music-related and life challenges.

Chamber Coaching
In addition to individual bassoon lessons, Blaire has coached a variety of wind chamber groups - from duets to octets. With professional chamber ensembles needing to rely on each other to guide rehearsals and improve as a group, she highlights the necessary skills in coaching sessions. Together, students work on collaborating as a team, providing constructive feedback, developing acute listening skills, and developing presentation skills to interact with audience members. Currently, she is the woodwind coach for the Music Horizons Camp for Summer@Eastman for high school musicians. She has also been the chamber coach for the ECMS honors woodwind quintet, Music for All course at Eastman, and at the Luzerne Summer Classical Music Camp in the Adirondacks.

Since starting the bassoon in 2005, Blaire has been in the studios of Mark Gigliotti of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Lisa Alexander from Hofstra University and Glickman Ensemble, and two Eastman School of Music professors - John Hunt and George Sakakeeny. In addition, Blaire has had the opportunity to take lessons or master-classes with world-renowned bassoonists including Roger Birnstingl, Loren Glickman, Marc Goldberg, Peter Kolkay, Philip Kolker, Judith LeClair, Frank Morelli, Mark Popkin, Barrick Stees and Richard Svoboda.

Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
- D.M.A. Bassoon Performance & Literature, 2019
Collegiate Teacher Certificate, anticipated 2018

- M.M. Bassoon Performance & Literature, 2015
Arts Leadership Certification, 2015

Hofstra University
- M.S. Elementary Education, 2012
New York State Certification, Elementary Education 2012

- B.S. Bassoon Performance, 2011
Departmental Honors w/ High Distinction, Performance Bassoon,
Hofstra University, 2011
Cynthia E. Toddings, Unusual Musical Ability & Academic Excellence, 2011
Dorothy B. Hoag, Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Music, Honors Recital, 2010 & 2011

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Fees: Fees are negotiable and range from $25 - $45 per hour.
Will Teach: Beginners, Intermediate Grades, Advanced Grades, Diploma / Higher Levels, Adult Beginners
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