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Pedagogical Progression for Oboe

This page is intended to be an instructional resource for oboe teachers and students who are seeking information to supplement their oboe teaching or study.  It is organized in a progressive fashion, not limited to age or grade level, but in terms of the oboist's skill level (technical and expression development).  Many of the books are sequential and may be used at more than one "level." While this is not a definitive guide, the list has been compiled from and by experienced oboe teachers and professional performers who regularly visit Covey Oboes.   

Gekeler, Kenneth Method for oboe. Book 1: Beginning to Intermediate.
Edlefsen, Blaine Oboe Student Level 1
Edlefsen, Blaine Studies & Melodious Etudes Level 1
Rubank Method Volume 1: Beginner
Solo Repertoire  
Edlefsen, Blaine Tunes for Oboe Technic Level 1
Hinchliffe, Robert The Really Easy Oboe Book
Richardson/Craxton First Book of Oboe Solos


Gekeler, Kenneth Method for oboe. Book 2: Intermediate
Edlefsen, Blaine Oboe Student Level 2
  Studies & Melodious Etudes Level 2
Niemann/Labate Method for Oboe
Rubank Method Volume 2: Intermediate
Solo Repertoire  
de Haske Classical Solos: 12 Pieces based on famous themes
Edlefsen, Blaine Tunes for Oboe Technic Level 2
Richardson/Craxton First Book of Oboe Solos
Warner Brothers Classic Festival Solos, Volume 1


Sellner, Joseph Etudes for Oboe
Salviani, Clemente Volume 2: Scales and Etudes
Barret, A.M.R. Method for Oboe
Solo Repertoire  
Edlefsen, Blaine Oboe Soloist
Richardson/Craxton Second Book of Oboe Solos
Arnold, Jay Oboe Solos with Piano Accompaniment
Salviani, Clemente Volume 1: Duets
Ferling, W. 48 Famous Studies, Parts 1 and 2
Andraud, Albert Vade-Mecum of the Oboist
Gillet, F. Studies for the Advanced Teaching of the Oboe
Vingt Minutes D'Etude
Solo Repertoire  
Albinini, Tomaso Concerto in d minor
Concerto in D major
Concerto in Db major
Barlow, Wayne Winter’s Past
Cimarosa, Domenico Solo du Concert
Faure, Gabriel Piéce
Handel, G.F. Concerto in Bb major
Concerto in g minor
Sonata in c minor
Sonata in g minor
Head Three Pieces
Marcello, Benedetto Concerto in c minor
Mozart, W.A. Concerto in C major
Samartini, Guiseppe Sonata in G Major
Telemann, G.P. Partitas
Orchestral Excerpts  
Brahms, Johannes Symphony No.1
Beethoven, L. Symphony No.3
Mozart, W.A. Concerto in C (first page)
Ravel, Maurice Le Tombeau de Couperin
Rossini, Gioacchino La scala di seta


Methods see advanced
Solo Repertoire  
Bellini, Vicenzo Concerto
Hanson, Howard Pastorale
Haydn, Joseph Oboe Concerto
Hindemith, Paul Sonata
Jacob, Gordon Sonatina
Mozart, W.A. Concerto in C (last 2 movements)
Nielsen, Carl Fantasy Pieces
Paladilhe, E. Solo de Concert
Saint-Saens, Camille Sonata
Schumann, Robert Romances
Telemann, G.P. Sonata in a minor
Vivaldi, Antonio Sonatas and Concerti
Orchestral Excerpts  
Bach, J.S. Concerto No. 1
Beethoven, L. Symphony No. 6
Beethoven, L. Symphony No. 7
Bizet, Georges Symphony in C
Brahms, Johannes Violin Concerto
Mendelssohn, Felix Symphony No. 3
Stravinsky, Igor Pulcinella Suite
Strauss, Richard Don Juan


Methods see advanced

Solo Repertoire

Bach, J.S. Cantata No.56
Cantata No. 82
Cantata No.202
Bach, C.P.E. Sonata
Bartok, Bela Three Folk Songs
Bozza, Eugene Fantasy Italian
Britten, Benjamin Six Metamorphoses After Ovid
Francais, Jean Flower Clock
Hummel, J.N. Adagio Theme and Variations
Arnold, Malcolm Sonatina
Mozart, W.A. Concerto in C
Oboe Quartet
Poulenc, Francis Sonata
Telemann, G.P. Partitas (with ornamentation)
  12 Methodical Sonatas
Varrust Solo primier
Orchestral Excerpts English horn excerpts
Berlioz, Hector Roman Carnival
Dvorak, Antonin Symphony No. 9
Franck, Cesar Symphony in d minor
Rossini, Gioacchino William Tell


Methods see advanced

Solo Repertoire

Bach, J.S. Concerti
Sonata in g minor
Bach, C.P.E. Sonatas and Concerti
Dutilleux Sonata
Goossens, Eugene Concerto
Graun, Concerto
Kalliwoda, J.W. Concertino and Marceau de Salon
Strauss, Richard Concerto
Telemann, G.P. Sonatas and Concerti
Vaughan Williams, R. Concerto
Vivaldi, Antonio Concerti
Martineau Concerto
Pasculli Concerti
Orchestral Excerpts  
Bartok, Bela Concerto for Orchestra
Beethoven, L. Symphony No. 6
  Symphony No. 9
Berlioz, Hector Benvenuto Cellini
  Romeo and Juliet
Brahms, Johannes Symphony No. 2
Brahms/Haydn Variations
Debussy, Claude La Mer
De Falla, Manuel El amor brujo
Haydn, F.J. Surpirse Symphony
  Oxford Symphony
  Miracle Symphony
Mahler, Gustav Das lied van der erde
  Symphony No. 3
Mozart, W.A. Symphony No. 25
  Symphony No. 36
  Symphony No. 41
Mussorgsky, Modest Pictures at an Exhibition
  Prelude to Kovanchina
Prokofiev, Sergei Romeo and Juliet
  Classical Symphony
Ravel, Maurice Daphnis and Chloe
Rossini, Giaocchino Italian in Algiers
  La Scala di Seta
Schubert, Franz Symphony No.  9 in C major
Schumann, Robert Piano Concerto
  Symphony No. 2
Shostakovich, Dmitri Symphony No. 1
  Symphony No. 5
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilych Swan Lake
Wagner, Richard Ziegfried Idyll


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