Every oboist will eventually need to learn how to make their own reeds. Reed making can be overwhelming for beginning students, so I do not teach it until I feel the student has reached a certain level of playing. This can vary widely depending on the student, but it will usually be 1-3 years before a beginning student will learn to make their own reeds. In my personal experience, I have found reed making to be both fun and challenging. It will eventually open the door to more creativity and self-expression as the oboist learns how to adapt a reed to suit his or her own style of playing. It will also save the oboist a tremendous amount of money in the long run. An average professional oboe reed can cost 20-30 dollars and it may last a week; depending on weather changes, how much it is played on, etc. Compare that to around 40 dollars for a dozen pieces of shaped cane which will most likely produce several decent playing reeds.