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Instruments: Double Bass
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, R&B, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Showtunes, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Avant-garde

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Marlon M In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Double Bass
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, R&B, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Showtunes, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Avant-garde

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Ages Taught: 10-80
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MM, Colburn Conservatory of Music, Double Bass Performance BM, Colburn Conservatory of Music, Double Bass Performance

Awards:

2018 - Manhattan School of Music Merit Scholarship and New England Conservatory of Music Dean's Scholarship 2018 - Performed with Stewart Copeland at Long Beach Opera 2016 - Performed with Quatuor Ebène at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival and Academy with Stacey Kent 2013 - Performed with Gustavo Dudamel and the Colburn Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall 2010 - Performed with Charles Dutoit and Valery Gergiev at the Verbier Festival Orchestra for two summers

Overview:
I'm an enthusiastic instructor always seeking to discover what makes my students develop a personal connection to bass technique, which will further their love for making music. Jazz has always been my first love, although it was classical music that got me to play the double bass. In 2015 I graduated with a Master of Music degree in Double Bass Performance, at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. As a classically trained bassist I've performed with Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Yuja Wang, the San Diego Symphony and many more! I have toured with jazz/rock/classical artists such as Stewart Copeland, Jon Kimura Parker, Mike Garson, Stacey Kent and Quatuor Ebene. I also had the chance to perform with Ellis Marsalis in 2017 at Snug Harbor. I enjoy traveling the US, Canada and Europe to spread the joy of music.
EXPERIENCE
I've had unique experiences teaching in classroom and individual settings. I also have experience with coaching both jazz and classical ensembles. I've collaborated many times with the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles as a coach and collaborative performer with the students. Similarly, I've performed and coached with the EMMI Chamber Orchestra at Crossroads High School in Santa Monica, California. I've coached at various middle school and high school orchestra programs in the Capistrano Unified School District in California, since graduating from the Colburn Conservatory. This also included replacing my former bass teacher at my own high school as a frequent coach. In my private lessons I have taught aspiring classical and jazz bassists, from middle school ages to adult students, including professional musicians who play regularly on other instruments. I enjoy teaching electric bassists how to play the double bass as well. I have a passion for getting my students to relate double bass playing to everyday activities they might love to do, even outside of music. I love witnessing a student's inner discovery for the love of music and the desire to improve their skills.
METHODS USED
My teaching direction is generally based on the individual's needs/requests. However, an in-depth look at universal bass techniques is what I implement in a student's lesson and practice assignment. I use George Vance's book Vade Mecum for introducing the positions of the double bass, thumb position, scales and arpeggios. I have found Developing Virtuosity by Latham Music, and Essentials for Strings by Gerald Anderson to be resourceful for rhythms, bowing variations, etudes, and an introduction into performance application. I use fingering and shifting exercises, and intonation exercises handed down to me by my college/symphony teachers. I focus heavily on playing comfortably, to avoid developing physical tension due to bad playing habits. If my student is a jazz player I work on walking bass lines and melodic improvisation. My philosophy is that the bassist should be able to play high and low, fast and slow, with physical comfort, in order to play all styles of music. Repertoire can vary between technical etudes, jazz standards, orchestra class assignments to professional orchestra audition excerpts!
LESSON STYLE
The goal I aim for is that the student feels the desire to complete individual practice tasks, fueled with positivity. I love seeing a student develop a personal drive for the music (or technique) they are learning. The way I approach this is getting the student to relate what they learn in bass lessons with everyday thinking, choices and activities they do outside the practice room. The idea is that the instrument can become an extension of themselves, if they choose that path. If a student can grasp at least one or two concepts in one full lesson, and be able to internalize what they learned, I'm very pleased and inspired to discover how that concept sticks with them in the following lessons. I love developing new, positive brain patterns off of musical experiences that the student resonates with the most. I congratulate a student when they've corrected a negative habit, or if they've improved or tried something new, and that inspires them to keep trying. I also strive to set goals they can manage to reach, in every lesson.
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Marlon is an excellent, qualified, patient, caring teacher who will never give up on you. His enthusiasm for helping students develop a personal connection with bass technique is powerful. He has also recorded and toured with many celebrities. It is an incredible and powerful experience to work with him.

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