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David S In HomeHome Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Music, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Salsa, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova, Soul, Avant-Garde

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David S In Home Teaches Online
Instruments: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Music, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Salsa, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova, Soul, Avant-Garde

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

Bachelor Degree: New School University

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2003 - New School University Merit Scholarship

Overview:

I am a dedicated and passionate instructor and have spent over fifteen years refining my teaching style in order to deliver a comprehensive learning experience. In 2008, I graduated from New School University in New York City with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in jazz performance with the double bass as my primary instrument. I spent ten years in New York, playing in the NYC jazz, hip hop, R&B and indie rock scenes and pursued classical studies with Mark Helias. I've toured all over the United States with various groups and have also performed in Australia.

EXPERIENCE

I began teaching guitar and electric bass when I myself was in high school and have continued to teach over the years ever since. I've taught everyone from pre-teens to retirees and have done my best to instill a sense of discipline and an understanding of the role of both instruments in the rhythm section. My aim in teaching is to prepare my students for real-world scenarios, with an emphasis on how to "lock in" with other musicians.

My beginning students are prepared and encouraged to jam with others as soon as possible, as I feel that this is where true music education happens. I have successfully prepared students for college auditions, as well as provided those looking for a way to enrich themselves with a new skill a clear path to reaching their goals. I truly love the process of teaching and thoroughly enjoy fostering moments of discovery in my students!

METHODS USED

For beginning guitar students, I start with Alfred's Basic Guitar Method. Once a foundation is established, I gauge where the student wants to go stylistically and tailor lesson plans from there. There are a plethora of guitar methods available, but I find it most valuable to learn parts from recordings of the guitarists whom they most want to emulate.

For bass guitar students I typically use my own materials. I'll begin with scales and will draw from classic fundamental bass parts that are derived from early R&B and Rock & Roll. Double bass students will be encouraged to use the George Vance methods.

LESSON STYLE

In every lesson, I will check in with the student to see how they are progressing and will address any issues that have arisen during their practice sessions. I try very hard to tune into the individual student's learning style and to figure out the best way to communicate my philosophy. I like to start with an example from whatever musical style from which the student wishes to learn and from there I will look to derive a greater understanding of how and why the music works the way that it does.

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