O ensino do Oboé na EPMVC e AMVC
: a importância da escolha da palheta na aprendizagem da performance instrumental

  • Paulo Jorge Verde Barroso (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The double reed is normally defined as consisting of a small, thin strip of cane Arundo Donax folded in two and attached firmly to a small metal tube (Staple). The folded part of the strip is cut and the two ends gently scraped to become a double reed. The metal tube fits later at the upper end of the oboe, and the musician to produce sound, should blow pressed air past the reed, thereby causing its vibration. The reed is for an oboist as the voice for a singer, it is an important and inseparable element for the performance of the instrument. For this reason the oboists tend to spend in the reed a lot of attention. It is essential that the oboists feel comfortable with the reed, in order to have the confidence needed to achieve a high level of performance. The reed should be an ally of the oboe student and not an enemy. However, learning how construct a reed may be an difficult obstacle to overcome due to their complexity. It is based in those difficulties, that with this dissertation intends to create a method to better achieve effectively regarding reed making. Three renowned specialists were interviewed in order to better understand all the questions related to oboe pedagogy and performance. For this dissertation a questionnaire was collected from students at the Professional School of Music Viana do Castelo (EPMVC) and Academy of Music in Viana do Castelo (AMVC), based in the research of Ole-Henrik Dahl, in which the best suitable reed for each student is investigated. As a central element for this research, it was created an initiation manual to reeds construction for students of EPMVC and AMVC with the objective of improving student autonomy in regard to reeds.
Date of Award4 Feb 2014
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorAna Sofia Almeida Sá Serra Dawa (Supervisor)


  • Reed making
  • Manual and pedagogy


  • Mestrado em Ensino da Música

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