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Bachelor Degree: Grambling State University , Master Degree: University of New Orleans
Whether in the studio, on stage, or on TV, Evan W. is an ambitious, multifaceted bass player that continues to deliver exceptional music. After playing several instruments and winning All County and All State honors throughout elementary and middle school, he was first introduced to the bass at age 13. Evan assimilated his musical understanding and developed his keyboard proficiency to further his understanding of the bass guitar. Taking his scholastic career to Grambling State University, he graduated with a bachelors in Music Performance on Classical guitar then graduated with his masters in Jazz Studies on Bass Guitar from the University of New Orleans. Evan has shared the stage with many New Orleans favorites including Aaron Neville, Caren Green, Brassaholics, Gina Brown, Josh Kagler, Vegas Cola, Zena Moses, Calvin Johnson, and CoolNasty to name a few. His name also appears on many records as producer and player, as well as a composer for the New Orleans Film Festival award winning film ‘She Was Famous’. Currently, Evan is the bass player for New Orleans funk band ChapterSoul and the corporate band SouledOut. Be on the lookout for his name as he matriculates through the entertainment industry!
Teaching has always been apart of my career whether on the bandstand, the studio or in the classroom. When i graduated from Grambling State in 2013, i was hired as band director at MLK Jr High School in Ouachita Parish as well as two feeder elementary schools. I've learned that relating to the kids own musical experiences will help me expose them to detailed principles that they experience every time they listen to their favorite songs or watching their favorite movies. From that connection, their interests are piqued and lessons become fun and easy!
For my younger students, i would start with the simple lullabies like ABC's and Row Your Boat to get them familiar with the instrument and getting them used to playing what they want to hear. Then we'd move on to Hal Leonard's fundamental books to develop reading skills. For the older students, i'd get an understanding of what their listening to and how they want to play and start to introduce them to essential principles to be the musician they are imagining themselves to be. Engaging with each student on their uniqueness will go a long way!
Concept teaching is the most effective for advancing the musicians development. Teaching specific details and then showing how they can be moved and manipulated for a greater concept theme will give the students confidence that they actually understand what is happening musically from plenty angles and the ability to maneuver through the music and instrument as seamless as possible. Taking it bit by bit will allow for laying foundational bricks that will be an anchor for concept building. This will be a diving board for exploration!
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