Woodwind instruments tradtitionally were made out of wood and one produced sound by blowing air into or across a cut hole or reeds. The hole and reed split the air stream and gives each instrument a certain timbre that is unique to the method of tone production and body make up. Woodwinds make up their own musical family of instruments including the recorder, flute, clarinet, oboe, english horn, saxophone and bassoon. Here at Bravura, we begin very young students on the recorder due to its small size, light weight and close finger spacing and low cost. A woodwind student can learn the fundamentals of music reading, breath control, finger techniques and tonguing techniques before moving to one of the larger, heavier and more expensive wind instruments. Older children whose arms and finger spans are grown, may skip the recorder step and begin on their instrument of choice. We offer lessons in recorder, flute, clarinet, saxophone and bassoon. We use a compilation of scale studies to develop finger flexibility and articulation, solo repertoire to develop memory and tone technique and ensemble method books to develop their reading skills so that they can play in ensembles.
Chelle Hawkey has been teaching these woodwind instruments for 26 years. She has had extensive study in the flute, clarinet and saxophone while in her youth and college years. Chelle has won district, regional and state solo and ensemble competitions on the flute, clarinet and saxophone. Her interest in the bassoon came much later in college during a woodwinds pedagogy class, where she first held "the monster." Her abilities in the other woodwinds, made learning this instrument very easy.