Teaching Philosophy

Professors DeWitt and Pipinich place heavy emphasis on teaching HOW to practice. Our goal is for each student to graduate with a firm understanding of how to continue their own journey of mastery of the bassoon. We believe progress needs to begin from a place of strength and confidence in order to lead to success.

We both come from the Herzberg/Kamins reedmaking tradition, and place high value in teaching how to make reeds, all the way from tube cane to the final finishing steps. The UMKC Bassoon Studio offers a full suite of reedmaking machines for students to use while they attend the Conservatory.

While at UMKC, you can expect to have input from both teachers regularly, as we co-teach each studio class. You can also expect to be able to move between primary teachers, as we come from similar backgrounds, and will approach topics in complimentary ways.