Rhiannon Fanning is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a bachelor’s degree in bassoon performance and music therapy. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in music education and bassoon performance at UMass Amherst where she has been a member of the wind ensemble, orchestra, and the graduate wind quintet.
Rhiannon has taught privately, coached chamber ensembles, and led master classes in New York and Massachusetts. She has worked with many ELL students of all ages and various playing abilities. Although bassoon is her primary instrument, she also teaches clarinet and saxophone.
Her current studies focus on making music education a richer experience. She believes music made by all people and cultures should be given equal treatment in the classroom, and that students should have a say in what they wish to learn. Rhiannon sees lessons as a place where students can help form their own curriculum. This allows them to create a space where they will progress on their instruments, excel in ensembles, examine music beyond the instrument (composing, arranging, improvising, etc), and have a well rounded experience where the student has a voice in the material they study.