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 Bassoon Dad in Search of German
Author: MitchGR 
Date:   2007-06-10 22:44

Hello Everyone--

I am the father of a high school bassoonist in Michigan. I am not altogether a neophyte as I have a Music Ed. degree with Clarinet performance so I can help my son with many different things. He has a great teacher who is principal of a major orchestra and is in a couple youth orchestras and university programs. He attends Interlochen Summer camp in Northern Michigan each summer and is a student member of IDRS.

He is looking to spend the year after high school (2008-2009) in Germany as a foreign exchange student "13th Year in Germany" and then return to his freshman year in college or conservatory afterwards. I'm just hoping he'll be able to be placed in a city that offers great teachers and the ability to play in a quality orchestra while he studies and learns the culture. He will have four years of German language instruction in school at graduation. Does anyone know the ins and outs of bassoon life in Germany?

Placement in homes is not up to the student but perhaps someone knows a good teacher who would be willing to take my son on and then we can find the family, home and school once that is done. Or maybe someone knows the perfect musical family who would like an American brother for a year.

Just some ideas of where to look would be great!

Best teachers for bassoon? Best cities for youth orchestras? Any special gymnasium schools for musical instruction? What level of playing ability and competition is he likely to find?

I'll be back with more questions if someone is gracious enough to share.


Post Edited (2007-06-10 22:45)

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