Welcome to the TCU oboe studio, housed in Foster Hall on the beautiful TCU campus. The focus of instruction is to train future educators and performers by developing their knowledge and understanding of music through a combination of lessons, individual and ensemble performance, studio and reed-making instruction, and academic study. The TCU School of Music offers degree programs in music performance and education at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The oboe studio also offers instruction to non-majors who wish to further develop their skills on the oboe and continue to perform with the high caliber ensembles at the university.
Lessons are given on a weekly basis to all studio members, and are individualized to address the needs of each student. In lessons, one can expect to learn technical studies, such as scales and etudes, and solo and ensemble literature covering all the musical genres and periods. In addition to these fundamentals, we also cover reed-making in a one-on-one environment. All oboe students are taught by Mrs. Belk; including music minors and non-majors (course-load and schedule permitting). Lessons are enriched, when possible, by group reed class, studio classes, and guest artist masterclasses.
Performance and Teaching Opportunities
TCU is nestled in Fort Worth, a thriving cultural center for music and the arts. TCU students are privileged to have access to many opportunities in the area for both performing and teaching. Not only can they take part in the premier TCU Wind Ensemble, Symphonic and Concert Bands, and Symphony Orchestra, but there is ample opportunity for chamber music and small ensembles as well. Outside of campus, there are many regional orchestras and groups across the DFW metroplex that are excited to have dedicated TCU students join their ensembles. For those with a heart for teaching, there is no better place to be than the greater Fort Worth area where there are hundreds of middle and high schools full of budding young oboe students, eager to learn. With such strong support for the arts, Texas school bands are some of the best in the nation.
Thank you for your interest in the oboe studio at TCU! We hope that you will consider a visit to our beautiful campus and invite you to sit in on a lesson or class and be a part of the TCU experience. The TCU school of music is a tight-knit, supportive community with a passion for fostering a love of music in future performers and educators. Come be a part of the TCU family! Go Frogs!