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Degree in special harmony from the Macedonian Conservatory, 1998. Studies in E-bass and jazz harmony at the Conservatory of Art G.Fakanas Athens, 1999. Studies in E-Bass and Jazz at the Bass Collective of New York School USA, in 2000, with John Patitucci, Lincoln Goines, Mike Pope and more. Private bass lessons with Matt Garrison. Studied at the Latin Department of the Rotterdam Conservatory CODARTS. Admitted to the Master's program of Latin Department of CODARTS. Seminars with Garry Willis, Jeff Berlin, Anthony Jackson, Mike Stern, Tony Gimorosi, Adam Nusbaum, Roger Sadowsky, Antonio Sanchez, and more.
I am a professional performer and music educator with extensive experience in teaching private bass and guitar lessons. I firmly believe that each student is a unique individual with special abilities, interests, and skills. Therefore, i design each lesson according to each student's needs and desires. During each lesson you will receive the individual attention that you deserve.
In addition, my 35-year old international performing experience allows me to share with my students my knowledge on performance techniques and interpretation. Along with that, my theoretical studies and academic background will help you become a solid musician. I really enjoy teaching!!! My passion for teaching is apparent during each and every lesson. Please feel free to contact me for more information. I look forward to hearing from you!
The multifaceted expression of my musical curiosity lead to the path of teaching which I began early on by establishing at a young age the “Fillipos Conservatory of Veroia, followed by the “Contemporary Music Spoudastiri” in Athens, while at the same time I was teaching at significant music education establishments over the last 20 years. Some of those are:
Municipal Conservatory of Kalamaria, 2002, 2015
Filippeion Veria Conservatory, 2005.
Conservatory Polyrythmia - Modern Music School of Athens, 2008.
Conservatory of Art G. Fakanas Athens, 2009.
Municipal Conservatory of Peristeri Athens, 2006-2014.
Municipal Conservatory of Kozani, 2014-2016. Odeion School of Music, Skokie, Illinois, USA. 2016
Mastrer Classes/ Seminars at: Modern Music School, Athens, Greece.
Small Music Theatre, Athens, Greece.
Vocal Lab Music School, Halkida, Greece.
Musical Association Eleni Makri. Thessaloniki,
Greece Bikers Café / Bulk Strings, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Wright College, Chicago, IL, USA
The private lessons that I have taught include over 70 students many of whom have succeeded in the music scene and abroad.
Over the last few years and while feeling that some areas had been completed and other new ones were opening up ahead, I concentrated with much love, patience, persistence, and research in the writing of educational music books. My goal was to present my own views on music education since I discovered areas that lacked certain kinds of educational material. I tried to cover those areas in the most comprehensive way possible while at the same time sharing all my lifetime personal knowledge and experience.
My books include: a. Theoretical Treatise of Jazz & Contemporary Music (Published, ISBN: 978-618-5178-07-9), b. A comprehensive, clever, simple, and geometrical learning system which covers technical aspects of the bass as well as all types of guitar, Greek bouzouki, and other string instruments. This system includes approximately 20 books, c. A series of two books for beginners on learning how to play the bass. There are also future plans for additional educational material.
I would describe the overall style of my teaching philosophy as “personalized”. With all new students, I hold an initial interview in order to learn as much as I can regarding their musical background, knowledge, and experience, both in general and specifically to the instrument they wish to pursue. Through that initial picture, I begin to build a curriculum designed for the specific needs, goals, and desires of each student.
As I begin working with my new students and I develop a better understanding of their abilities and how they respond to my instruction, I try to discover what teaching methods are best suited for each student in order to help them improve and grow to the best of their abilities. During my teaching, I incorporate both music theory and instrument technique with the goal of maintaining some balance between knowledge and the interest and motivation of the student. Given my experience of teaching for over 30 years, with the majority of my students I am able to develop a specific lesson plan that I stay close to in order to achieve the best possible results within a given desired time frame.
At the same time, I think in flexible ways and adjust the lesson plans according to each student’s progress and needs. In other words, I maintain balance between following a plan and adjusting it as needed. Since I fully understand the importance of practicing and studying, I always do my best to keep my students engaged and motivated by rewarding their efforts, by pushing them towards higher standards, and by challenging their talent, interests and abilities. I take the time to get to know my students beyond their musical studies and I try to incorporate other areas of their lives in our music lessons in order to create meaningful contexts that apply to the uniqueness of each student. Depending on the personality of each student, I adjust my expectations and decide how tolerant or strict I should be. I truly believe that a teacher needs to view each student as a unique individual with unique needs and abilities, and adjust the teaching methods and ways of communicating the material accordingly.
My teaching philosophy incorporates what I would call a “holistic approach” that is based on discovering what each student needs in order to progress and reach the best of his/her abilities. A great teacher is not only a person who delivers knowledge, but also a mentor and guide who needs to work around each student’s learning, emotional, and psychological needs, understand in depth the unique needs of each student, and find the best teaching methods for each student, class, and educational setting.
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