Benjamin Coelho, Associate Professor

Room 2033 – (319) 335-1673
Office Hours: By appointment


There are as many different ways of making a reed, as there are bassoonists. Perhaps the reed is the single most important feature that can influence the quality of a performance. In this course we will study the many different ways in making a bassoon reed in a practical and historical approach. We will have a weekly reed making class as well as special scheduled meetings with individual students as needed.


• Cane tubes. It is recommended that each student experience as many different types of cane tubes as possible.
• Sand paper – 320, 400 and 1000 grid
• Forming Mandrel (Rieger mandrel recommended)
• Short Mandrel
• Reed Pliers (Rieger pliers recommended)
• Files
• Plastic Reed Plaque
• Reed Thread (FF)
• Reed wire 22 gauge or .6 mm
• Reed Knife (Vitry, Landwell, Boosys)
• Exacto knife
• Razor blades
• Tube forming twine
• Ruler in inches and mm.
• Duco cement
• Clear nail polish
• Workshop light. Please see me for details!


Since every student has a different background and abilities in reed making, the final grade for this course will be determinate by the following criteria:

• Improvement from the beginning to the end of the semester. 40% (Fall) 30% (Spring)
• Mid-Term – Show of at least twelve working reeds by October 12. 20% (Fall) 15% (Spring)
• Final – Show of at least twelve new reeds since the Mid-term. 20% (Fall) 15% (Spring)
• Class presentations. 20% - In the beginning of the semester special topics for class presentation will be drawn from the course bibliography list. (Spring semester only)
• Self-evaluating – 10%
• Attendance – You may have one unexcused absences. Every absence beyond that will lower your grade by one letter grade (e.g. if the student have an A and a third unexcused absence occurs the grade will be lowered to a B, and so on).


• Advanced Reed Design and Testing Procedure for Bassoon. Mark G. Eubanks. Arundo Resarch Company. Portland Oregon. 1998
• The Art of Bassoon Playing. William Spencer. Summy-Birchard Company. 1969
• Bassoon Clinic Series. Lewis Hugh Cooper. Handout, 1989.
• Bassoon Reed Making. Mark Popkin and Loren Glickman. The Instrumentalist Publishing Company. 1987.
• Bassoon Reed-making: A Basic Technique. Christopher Weait. McGinnis & Marx Music Publishers. Third Edition, 2000.
• The Bassoon Reed Manual, Lou Skinner’s Theories and Techniques. James R. McKay and others. Indiana University Press. 2000.
• Selected Articles from the Double Reed Journals.


“This course is given by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This means that for undergraduates, class policies on matters such as requirements, grading, and sanctions for academic dishonesty are governed by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Undergraduate students wishing to add or drop this course after the official deadline must receive the approval of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Details of the University policy of cross enrollments may be found at:”
Missed exam policy. The University policy requires that students be permitted to make up examinations missed because of illness, mandatory religious obligations, certain University activities, or unavoidable circumstances. However, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor as soon as the student is aware that the exam will be missed. Please note that University policy also requires excused absences to be documented. Excused absence forms are available at the Registrar web site:

Student Classroom Behavior
Students have the right to a classroom environment that encourages learning. The ability to learn is lessened when students engage in inappropriate classroom behavior, distracting others; such behaviors also is a violation of the Code of Student Life ( When disruptive activity occurs, a University instructor has the authority to determine classroom seating patterns and to request that a student exit the classroom, laboratory, or other area used for instruction immediately for the remainder of the period. One-day suspensions are reported to appropriate departmental, collegiate, and Student Services personnel (Office of the Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students).

Academic Fraud
All forms of plagiarism and any other activities that result in a student presenting work that is not his or her own are academic fraud. All academic fraud is reported to the departmental DEO and then to the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Services. See Academic Fraud at for the complete policy.*
Be aware that almost all instructors at The University of Iowa check for plagiarism using the plagiarism detection system:

Making a Suggestion or a Complaint
Students have the right to make suggestions or complaints and should first visit with the instructor, then with the course supervisor if necessary, and next with the departmental DEO. All complaints must be made as soon as possible. For more information visit,
Note the following CLAS policies and procedures for complaints involving grades: Complaints should be brought to the attention of the instructor, department, and if necessary the CLAS Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Services (120 Schaeffer Hall) as soon as possible. Only in extraordinary cases may a procedure involving a complaint begin more than six months after the time of the incident. Students with grading grievances are responsible for providing all documentation except for grade records. According to College policy, grades may not be changed by the College without the permission of the department concerned.

Accommodations for Disabilities
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, instructors provide reasonable academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. Students seeking academic accommodations first register with Student Disability Services and meet with a counselor in that office who reviews documentation and determines eligibility for services. Students approved for accommodations arrange to meet privately with course instructors. Visit Student Disability Services at
"I would like to hear from anyone who has a disability which may require seating modifications or testing accommodations or accommodations of other class requirements, so that appropriate arrangements may be made. Please contact me during my office hours."

Understanding Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is reprehensible and will not be tolerated by the University. It subverts the mission of the University and threatens the well-being of students, faculty, and staff. Visit this site ( for definitions, assistance, and the full University policy.Sexual Harassers
Sexual harassers can include (but aren’t limited to) professors, teaching assistants, research assistants, supervisors, co-workers, classmates, other students, acquaintances, friends, partners, dates, and strangers.
A sexual harasser may be anyone who automatically has power over you because of their position of employment, or other people who do not have an official position but try to take power and control over you by threats, coercion, force or other deliberate actions of a sexual nature.
What makes someone a sexual harasser isn’t based on what they do for a living, their status as a high profile person, or where they hang out. What makes someone a sexual harasser is behavior, (including words and actions) that uses sex to be disrespectful, hurtful, embarrassing, haumiliating, intimidating or frightening to you or another person.

Important University of Iowa Deadlines for Off-Cycle Courses
[Use only for off-cycle courses. To find the deadlines for a particular course, visit this Registrar site and type in the course number and title:




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Miller Marketing Co.
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Midwest Musical Imports
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phone: 1 800 926 5587
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Charles Double Reed Company
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