Thank you to our 2019 participants for an action-packed week of double reed fun! Stay tuned for more information on the 2020 workshop, which will take place August 24-28, 2020.

Join Margaret and her husband Graham Mackenzie, oboe instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University and principal oboist of the London Symphonia, Windsor Symphony, and Niagara Symphony, for an intensive five days of bassoon and oboe escapades. Warm up every day with your double reed peers and learn more about the intricacies of playing your well-chosen instrument. Play dainty and daunting double-reed chamber music. Participate in special sessions on breathing, practice techniques, vibrato, posture, and intonation. Turn a piece of cane into a crowing reed. Resonate your reed in an all-double-reed concert on the last day of the workshop! All levels welcome.

Congratulations to Hanna Ke and Russell Seck for earning 'First Class Honours with Distinction' on their Royal Conservatory of Music Bassoon exams!

Click HERE to listen to the grand finale from the final concert at the 2015 Double Reed Workshop. 

The 2018 Double Reed Workshop participants following their performance of the second movement of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.


  • Bassoon
  • Piano
  • ​Recorder (soprano and alto)
  • Music Theory (Elementary, Intermediate) 
  • Harmony (Level 9, 10, ARCT)
  • Music History (Level 9)

Margaret has fifteen years of experience teaching private music lessons to bassoon, piano, and music theory students aged 4 through 75. She currently teaches bassoon at Western University, and has taught as a sessional instructor at the University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University. She has helped students start the piano or bassoon from scratch, prepare for exams and university auditions, learn music in a variety of styles, and return to music as an adult. Her students consistently perform well at the Kiwanis Music Festival and on RCM exams, typically earning First Class Honours or  First Class Honours with Distinction. Margaret is determined to make lessons fun, engaging, and tailored to the goals and interests of each of her students!

​ Qualifications

  • Doctor of Music in Bassoon Performance, Indiana University
  • Master of Arts in Music Theory, University of British Columbia
  • Master of Music in Bassoon Performance, Ithaca College
  • Grade 10 Piano, Royal Conservatory of Music
  • ARCT Theory, Royal Conservatory of Music

Where do lessons take place?

Lessons take place in Margaret's home studio, Tumble Reeds Music Studio, near Riverside Drive and Wharncliffe Road in London, Ontario.

How long are lessons?

As long as you want them to be! Typical lessons are 30-60 minutes long. A 30-minute lesson is a great length for a young beginner, but not usually enough time for more advanced players and older students. 

What are Margaret's lesson rates?

Bassoon and Music Theory

30 minutes - $30
45 minutes - $40
60 minutes - $50

Piano and Recorder

30 minutes - $25

45 minutes - $33

60 minutes - $40

Questions? Interested in getting started?

Send Margaret a message through the contact form or check out the Tumble Reeds Music Studio website for even more information!