BA, Elizabethtown College, Music Education
7+ Years of Teaching Music
Currently Playing Bass for the PA Army National Guard
Shared the stage with Marcus Miller, Bilal, Robert Glasper, The Wailers, Musiq Soulchild, Dr. Dog, The Roots and many more
Hello! I'm Clay and I love to teach Bass Guitar! In 2006, I graduated from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. I've played and toured many venues throughout the U.S. and have a great deal of studio experience as well. I've been able to meet and play with many great artists throughout my career and hope to continue to connect with many more!
I've been teaching for about 7 years at all skill levels and truly enjoy connecting with students through lessons. I have taught a wide variety of styles from Hip-Hop to Jazz to Rock to Funk and the list goes on and on. While I think that being very thorough in technique and skill in reading notation is an important part of getting better at playing an instrument, it can still seem like you're all by yourself in the process unless you have someone to connect with and that's what I like to bring to your lessons.
I like to tailor the lesson specifially with the students skill level, musical goals, and a combination of musical styles that the student enjoys as well as teaching through other literature that I pick out. Fundamentals of music notation sight reading are also incorperated into basic techniques in playing the instrument for beginners. Intermediate and Advanced players will continue to explore new techniques as well as have their skills challenged through appropriately assigned literature and modern songs. However, in any case you can be sure that you'll have a great time doing it!
My teaching style is is a combination of an active and exciting engagement with the student but with a no-pressure relaxed environment that the student can be comfortable in. I fully invest myself into each of my students and keep track of their progress diligently to be sure to cater to their needs. Overall, I have fun playing music and I want you to experience the same thing. Learning a new skill can be tedious and tough at times but if you can find a way to make it musical and fun then you will have something that you can treasure for the rest of your life whether you want to do it for fun or become a professional.