About Ariel. Ariel Detwiler is a freelance musician, reed maker of ACDC Reeds, and private teacher in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area of Minnesota and in western Iowa. She is currently bassoon instructor at Augsburg University, North Central University, Dordt University, and Northwestern College of Iowa, and has been featured as a soloist with the Encore Wind Ensemble, the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, and Minnetonka Orchestra. Due to the current COVID-19 dangers, Ariel is currently holding exclusively online lessons, which have been very successful. Detwiler Studio is currently open to new students at any level and any age.
Student Success. Detwiler Studio currently has many students who have auditioned successfully for local youth ensemble programs like GTCYS and MYS, MMEA All-State ensembles, Solo-Ensemble competitions at local schools, and summer programs and workshops around the country. All of these successful students are, surprisingly, under the age of 16. Ariel also offers lessons to local amateur adult bassoonists.
Opportunities. Students in Detwiler studio enjoy many opportunities:
- Personalized support for specific interests
- A shared google drive folder of help with bassoon techniques, reeds, practice techniques, and full calendars of reference
- Incorporation of Music Theory concepts
- Help with arranging music for chamber groups
- Encouraged to set audition goals if desired
- Recommendations to high quality musical workshops and masterclasses
- Access to high quality handmade, personalized reeds -- and reed making skills to learn!
- Guaranteed 2.5 octaves (low B-flat up to high F) in the first 3 months of weekly lessons
Philosophy. Ariel makes a point to play for her students as needed in order to provide a basis for great quality sound in every musician. She also strongly enforces a positive mindset in all her students. Constructive criticism is used both by the teacher and the student to make sure the student is understanding their own progress, with prompting from the teacher. Bassoonists in Detwiler Studio are molded into problem solvers of every kind, given the ability to understand why mistakes happen and how to fix them in the future without the negative stigma of perfectionism looming overhead. Students in Detwiler Studio are encouraged to practice as much as they are able, and most students want to practice due to their positive view of their own abilities, rather than due to a specific practice regimen or requirement. All students in Detwiler Studio are known for their rich, warm tone quality and musical definition.
ACDC Bassoon Reed
Handmade, high quality beginner, advanced, and blank bassoon reeds
*****Shipping Update: Due to extremely long wait times from the USPS, I will be shipping through UPS for the time being to ensure a quality product -- reeds shouldn't be waiting for long periods of time in a warehouse that is not temperature controlled!