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30+ years performing experience: baroque, classical, jazz, orchestral, march, gospel, blues, folk, bluegrass, big band, country, rock, metal, theater, pop, punk, Americana, avant-garde, grunge; Solo, small combo, large band, and orchestral experience. 20+ years teaching experience: guitar [Spanish, acoustic, electric], electric bass, voice, piano, keyboard, woodwinds [specializing in saxophones], percussion, violin, brass, composing, arranging, songwriting, recording, management; A long roster of satisfied clients. Excellent professional and personal references available.
I'm a musician who is as passionate about teaching as I am performing. I graduated from the University of Texas with an honors degree in Philosophy with a Music minor. Since then, I've been working as a performing musician and teacher, playing in various groups around town and at festivals.
Playing music is awesome, and I love sharing the experience of performance with students. My greatest former teachers made always two things clear - 1) it is important to strive to be better than than you were yesterday, and 2) playing music should be fun! Whether big or small, it is important to me that each student see measurable progress with every lesson. All lessons are tailored to the specific needs and learning style of each individual student.
No matter the age or experience level of the student, I like to get them playing steady, complete sounding music within the first month. It may sound a little daunting at first, but I truly believe anyone is capable of playing music. For the beginning guitarist I typically use Hal Leonard method books, for the beginning pianist, the Alfred series. For the advanced levels I use (and have used myself) the Berklee Guitar Method and for piano, either the Easy Classics to Moderns series or First Lessons in Bach. When I teach double bass I start with the Progressive Repertoire series of method books. For the more advanced double bassist I teach the techniques of Simandl, Rabbath and common orchestral excerpts. I am very fond of teaching solo repertoire for the bassist, such as Eccles, Dragonetti and Bach.
Mel Bay's first 2 bass books were my first but there are many to choose from. Starting slow is imperative for the beginner. This prevents injury because bass is a physically demanding instrument at times. I teach warm ups, breathing, posture, hand and arm positions, stretches, and cool downs. Practicing with a metronome must be a daily routine for the evolving bassist because they are the beat no matter what style.
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The teachers in our network create a customized lesson plan for every student. Many teachers will recommend a commercial method book or two full of exercises and techniques for practice, and may also bring in many supplemental materials for you to study as well. Topics covered during Musika's bass lessons may include, but are not limited to: learning the notes of the bass, proper fretting, fingering, and plucking technique, how to read music, how to create solid bass lines for rock, pop, jazz, and blues, and most importantly, how to have fun playing the bass!
The bass is a great instrument for adult students of all skill levels. Those unfamiliar with music can learn basic fundamentals, as the bass provides the backbone for many musical pieces. Soon enough, you'll be playing alongside your favorite pieces and learning more advanced techniques with teachers in our network!
There are many popular brands of bass guitars, including Fender, Gibson, and Ibanez. All will offer a you quality instrument. 4-string basses are standard, and are what most beginners will choose. If you are more advanced, or interested in heavier rock music, a 5 string bass may also be a good option.
Bass can be a really fun instrument for older children to start. If the student is interested in rock or jazz groups, bass is a great option. While older students are able to handle the large instrument and the thicker strings, many younger students under 10 tend to have difficulty. For this reason, we recommend that our younger students wait until they are older to begin bass lessons.
In home lessons are great for both adults and children alike. Everyone has a busy schedule, and by choosing in home lessons, learning an instrument becomes extremely convenient. There is no need to spend time and money traveling to a studio when you can have the teacher come right to your home.
Review by Kristin
Ted S. is teaching clarinet to one of my children, and piano to two others. He is extremely knowledgeable, and very encouraging. His teaching methods are keeping my children enthused about their lessons, and without that, you have nothing. Two of my children were taking piano lesson from another teacher for the past year, and not progressing. Ted has been able to evaluate their skills individually, determine what was missing in their music education, and begin again with some early basics they seem to have missed. I am convinced we are finally moving forward, and am very happy about that. I wish I would have made this change much earlier.
Review by Suzette
She is amazing! My daughter, Isabella (7 yrs) is totally engaged in the lesson. Lilly's definitely has a gift with teaching young children!!! A great talent of hers is making the content interesting, current to today's music and most of all fun! She has a knack for taking the material and translating it in a way that is relatable to Isabella. My daughter really enjoys her lesson's and has moved along rather quickly with the material. Thanks Lilly!
Review by Ryan Piveteau
Amber is personal and cares about her students. She is flexible in her schedule and maintains a professional attitude in her lessons. Her want for her students to succeed makes her excel as a teacher. She is very knowledgeable about music and extremely experienced. Additionally, she includes external activities aside from lessons for the students who wish to advance themselves externally. Really a great teacher who offers great opportunity.
Review by Vanessa
Eduard is an amazing teacher. (Coming from someone who previously knew the basics of playing and music.) He is not to harsh with his words and is extremely nice. Eduard has a great amout of experience and displays it through his teachings. Specifically by making it easy to follow along with his words to actions. As a person with a wondering mind whom is distracted easily, it is easy to pay attention.
Review by Debbie E.
I had always wanted to take vocal lessons, but was very nervous about it until I had the opportunity to have Ali as my instructor. She made me feel very comfortable and helped me realize my strengths while giving me other areas to work on and strengthen. I liked how Ali had me sing out of my "comfort" zone to realize my vocal range. It is obvious that Ali loves music and sharing that love with her students. She is very good at what she does and works well with both male and female voices. I highly recommend Ali and give her solid 5 stars
Review by Shelonda
Henry is teaching my daughter how to play piano. Henry is an excellent teacher, we really like and appreciate him. His teaching style works very well for my daughter, she is comfortable which makes learning enjoyable. Henry is very patient and I can see that he is passionate about teaching music. Great teacher for sure.
Review by Heather Berest
I started my 5 yr old daughter with Karleen this Fall. Karleen has a calm and honest disposition. My daughter adores her and cannot wait for her arrival. I was concerned because my daughter is not so willing to "practice" during the week. Karleen advised me to allow her habits of practicing to evolve naturally as her love and understanding of piano increases. She emphasized how nurturing my daughter's love of music is most important. This was music to my ears :)
Review by William Klepatsky
Very knowledgeable on every aspect of music theory. I listen to recording artists playing various classical pieces, Dan's playing is much like a recording artist's playing. Always on time. Winning happy personality, a great role model. Puts me at ease when I am playing. Have two friends who hold music degrees, I count him a third, something special about the minds and personalities of good pianists. Thanks Dan.
Review by Brooklyn
Laura is a fabulous teacher. She explains concepts to me using concrete examples so that I can understand changes that I need to make to my posture, breathing, phrasing, etc. She makes warm-up exercises fun, and she's got a great sense of humor over all. Her teaching style is collaborative, more egalitarian (she respects what I already know and meets me at my level), tailored to my particular interests and strengths, and I always look forward to our lessons!
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