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Instruments: Double Bass
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Avant-Garde

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Austin L In Home In Studio
Instruments: Double Bass
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Avant-Garde

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Ages Taught: 7-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

Master of Music, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, Double Bass Performance (in progress); Bachelor of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Double Bass Performance

Awards:

2016 – Full-Tuition Scholarship to Rice University's Shepherd School of Music; 2015 – Stipendiat, Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie, Innsbruck, Austria; 2015 – Fellow, National Orchestral Institute (included professional release on Naxos Recordings); 2014 – Performance at Minnesota Orchestra Hall as a member of the Preucil Family Players; 2012 – Merit Scholarship to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music;

Overview:

I am a graduate student of Paul Ellison at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas. An alumnus of the Oberlin Conservatory, I studied previously under Scott Dixon of the Cleveland Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, I have served as Principal Bass for the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic and the Oberlin Orchestra. An avid interpreter of new music, I am a member of the Syndicate for the New Arts: a Cleveland-based collective which champions the works of Rust Belt composers. To that end, we put on concerts, lectures, and educational programming directed at underserved communities. Through my work with the Syndicate, I formed a duo with harpist Caitlin Mehrtens, another incoming graduate student at the Shepherd School. In May, we premiered five pieces by Ohio composers, and more commissions are on the way from Houston area composers.

EXPERIENCE

I began giving lessons through the student teaching program during my undergraduate studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. I have had the good fortune of studying with some of the greatest pedagogues of our time, and hope to pass along what I have learned! My lesson plans are heavily influenced by what the student wants to study, as I find that students (myself included!) will devote more energy to practicing what they enjoy. I am a capable performer, audition coach, and music theory tutor who can help students develop the skills they need to make music free of technical limitations.

METHODS USED

My teaching draws primarily from the methods of international soloist François Rabbath: students will work from his Nouvelle Technique de la Contrebasse, alongside repertoire from the solo and orchestral literature. Through this work, students will develop a free and beautiful bowed sound, an efficiently organized left-hand technique, and most importantly a calm and healthy posture. While I am primarily an orchestral bassist, I have additional training in jazz, free improvisation, and the extended techniques of modern compositions. Raised in the Suzuki method and educated at the Oberlin Conservatory, I can also provide ear training and lessons in music theory. I am knowledgeable of local stringed-instrument shops, and can assist students in finding quality equipment for rent or purchase.

LESSON STYLE

Joy and physical comfort are the two most important things to develop, for a musician of any age or skill level. To that end, my job as a teacher is twofold: 1. To promote a relaxed and efficient technique, so that students can trust in their ability and fully express their own musicality. 2. To inspire a love of music which will drive students to practice and improve. Students decide what repertoire they would like to study; I simply provide guidance to ensure that their education is well-balanced. Whether you would like to seriously prepare for a college audition, or simply learn the skills to carry a tune and make music with your friends, I can help develop a plan to get you there.

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