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Bachelor Degree: Sonoma State University
Distinguished Graduate in the field of Jazz- Sonoma State University
Hello and welcome to the beginning of your new music journey! My name is Jack Buller and I am a bassist, guitarist, composer, and arranger. I graduated from Sonoma State University in California in 2020 with a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies. Although my schooling has been in the field of jazz, I have acquired years of real world experience playing all genres, including Funk, Country, Rock, Metal, Latin jazz, and Folk. I have led my own groups, been in many different kinds of bands, and have played shows for a wide variety of audiences. While not playing music I enjoy cooking, digital art (although I just started so I'm not that great) and reading.
I started teaching music lessons privately in my early college years, and subsequently was hired as the bass instructor for a local music school. There I taught one-on-one lessons, as well as group band lessons. I like to approach teaching by finding what style of music the student identifies strongest with and then finding ways to incorporate theory, exercises, and technique into what the student already enjoys. taking music lessons should never be boring, and the easiest way to avoid that is to teach what the student enjoys. I also encourage students to try to listen to as much new music they can each week and find something that stands out to them, in order to grow their musical knowledge.
For beginning students, we will first spend time getting acquainted with the instrument. It takes time for a beginner's fingers to get used to playing a fretted instrument, so getting comfortable is key. I will also start with the basics of reading music. As students progress into the intermediate range, we will start to train our ears with listening exercises, and we will also dive in to more difficult material. Advanced students will be taught theory, abstract but very important concepts of music, advanced material, and we will have discussions on playing music in the real world such as performances, playing for a living, and what to expect in the music performance lifestyle.
I like to keep a relaxed environment when teaching. Nothing is more disappointing to me than when I hear that somebody has decided to give up music because they had a bad experience with a teacher. As a teacher I am here to support, encourage, and have fun! The last thing I want to do I be an intimidating teacher, and have my student dread lessons. Music is all about having fun, and expressing oneself. For those who want to put their nose to the grindstone and get as far as they can as quick as they can, I am all for it, but I do not force my students to be this way. Practicing hard must be a personal choice, because it is hard work. The more you practice, the better you will become, but if a student is forced to practice for long periods of time, From what I have seen they will most likely not want to continue.
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