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Spring 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Oboe/Bassoon for the Music Teacher


February 12-May 3, 2024

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits*


$1,125 is due in full with registration. A $15 Early Bird Discount will be applied until January 14.


Group study of the oboe and bassoon. Playing techniques are studied with an emphasis on solving special problems faced by beginner through advanced oboe players. This course is designed for practicing music teachers who want to learn more about playing and teaching the oboe. Students will learn breathing, tone, intonation, articulation, embouchure, vibrato, posture and scale patterns. Students will submit weekly recorded assignments and receive individual asynchronous feedback. Playing level is intended for beginner to intermediate, with the option for more advanced study as applicable.


Bassoon information TBD.


*Students enrolled in the MMEd degree program at VanderCook may register for this course at the 500-level through the student portal. Please contact Dean Sinclair at [email protected] if academic advising is needed.


Chat Session

This course is asynchronous. Please contact the instructor to request a meeting.


Access to an oboe and bassoon.

Required Text(s)

edited by David Hite 1992.  Foundation Studies for Oboe: Scales, Chords and Intervals for Daily Practice patterned after Carl Baermann, Op. 63. Southern Music Company (Recommended)


A.M.R. Barret 1850. A Complete Method for the Oboe. Boosey and Hawkes.


N.W. Hovey 1989. Rubank Elementary Method Oboe. Rubank Publications.

Learning Platform Information (Online Courses Only)

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

The evening  before your class begins, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. 

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

More information about Schoology can be found at

Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


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Julie  Popplewell

Applied Oboe

Julie Popplewell received her Bachelors of Music in Oboe Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at UIUC, she won the Smith Music Competition, earning a full tuition scholarship. Julie has studied with renowned oboists — Dr. Nancy Ambrose King, Daniel Stolper, and Scott Hostetler. Additionally, she has studied with Grover Schiltz, Deb Stevenson, Jelena Dirks, Lora Schaefer, Gordon Hunt, and Richard Killmer. After post-graduate work done at DePaul University, Julie quickly became an active freelance oboist and teacher in the Chicago area, maintaining an oboe studio consisting of 30+ students in the western suburbs.

Julie’s orchestral experiences include Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra and the Chicago Camerata among others. She also is an active soloist and chamber ensemble member with Bel Sonore Chamber Ensemble and Duo Voce. Julie has also been a featured soloist with the Elmhurst University Symphony Wind Ensemble and at the 2023 IMEC.

Julie has a unique pedagogical style and prides herself on her reed making skills. Many of her students have earned youth symphony chairs, collegiate scholarships, and have professional careers. Julie has been an adjudicator for ILMEA district 9 since 2007 and guest artist at Illinois Summer Youth Music Pre-College Camp since 2018.

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