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BM, Berklee College of Music, Electronic Production and Design
2007 - Berklee College of Music World Scholarship Tour Recipient for Double Bass 2013 - New England Music Awards Band of the Year (as member of Adam Ezra Group) 2013 - Became an endorser of Equilibrium Basses 2016 - New England Music Awards Song of the Year (as member of Adam Ezra Group) 2017 - Became an endorser of Curt Mangan Strings
I graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Electronic Production and Design. Following my graduation, I began working in the Boston area as a freelance session bassist and educator. From 2013 - 2017, I was a member of the Boston based roots rock band the Adam Ezra Group, with whom I toured internationally and opened for artists such as Willie Nelson, the Wailers, Alison Krauss, Robert Randolph, Rusted Root, the Gin Blossoms, and Robby Krieger, among others. As an educator, I most recently wrote and filmed a series of instructional bass guitar videos for the National Music Centre in Calgary, Alberta, and currently teach private lessons for both bass guitar and double bass in the Boston area.
I have been a professional bassist since the age of 17, performing and giving private lessons in lieu of a traditional after school job. Throughout my career, I have played in a variety of different projects across a wide spectrum of genres and have a solid understanding of most styles of music. I impart on my students a strong set of musical and technical fundamentals that apply to any and all styles of music, and only teach concepts and exercises that I myself have personally benefitted from. I have a strong desire to see all of my students succeed, and I feel that I have crafted a well-rounded curriculum that gives my students all of the tools they need to take their playing and musicality to the next level.
Beginning students are taught to read bass clef and are given introductory exercises to familiarize them with the strings and fingerboard. From there, I begin to teach more advanced music theory to build off of the established foundation. Some of the books I use for theory study are the Real Books and Dover Music's Bach Keyboard Music for jazz and classical theory respectively. Additional materials for intermediate and advanced students include Oscar Stagnaro's Latin Bass Book, Jimmy Haslip's Melodic Bass Library, and the Charlie Parker Omnibook depending on the student's genre of interest. Double bass students will work out of the Simandl Method to build a solid technical foundation, with additional studies in their preferred style of music to follow.
My number one priority as a teacher is making sure that my students develop a solid understanding of music theory in addition to honing their skills as bass players. Building upon that foundation, I then tailor the lessons to suit each student's musical goals and interests. As students begin to see the theory behind their favorite bass lines and melodies and start to understand why the music works the way it does, their understanding of each genre of music will grow. The ultimate goal is to give each student all of the knowledge necessary to begin writing their own music, and to help them develop their own voice as an artist.
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