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BA Jazz Degree - Sep 2010 - Jul 2013 - Middlesex University, London - 2:1 with Honours
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Hello there. I'm a native of Manchester, England now living/working/teaching in Harlem, NYC. I am a professional working bassist who thrives on sharing my knowledge of my craft with others who wish to learn. I have been teaching bass for 13 years and playing for 18. I also teach beginner/intermediate guitar. I have had gigging experience both on land and sea, having played in the showband on Norwegian/Carnival/Seabourn Cruise Lines. I have also played in some off Broadway productions and regularly continue to perform with various ensembles around the City and Tri-State area.
I started teaching bass 11 years ago to fellow students (music/non music students) at South Cheshire College in the North West of England. When I began my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Jazz at Middlesex University (London), I continued to teach privately. I also have experience teaching ensembles. I taught a rhythmic awareness class for 6+ people over a summer at Middlesex University. When I moved to the US I resumed my private teaching classes. I have taught in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nashville, Tennessee and New York, New York.
I have a strong grasp of music theory and specialize in Jazz. I believe ear development to be the most important skill in music as the ear is what we use to enjoy music after all! However I am a confident reader and will gladly help my students to develop their reading skills. I am proficient in a wide variety of styles such as Jazz, Funk, Latin, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Rock, Pop, Blues etc. So just about anything you'll want to learn, whether you're an absolute beginner or a professional looking to add another string to their bow, whatever age or skill level. I will be able to help you.
My teaching style can be shaped around what the student is looking to learn. I do stress in my lessons the importance of consistency of practice. 15 mins everyday is much more rewarding than 3 hours in one day. I like to write out everything that I explain in my classes to my students so that they have a reference of what they are learning. Also, I am a strong believer of singing the notes that the student is playing, especially in scale studies. This helps the student connect the sound to the instrument and quickens the learning process. I also urge my students to ask questions until things make sense.
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