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Instruments: Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Tuba
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Musical Theater, Swing

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Ron S In Studio
Instruments: Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Tuba
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Musical Theater, Swing

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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BS,THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK MAT,HERBERT H. LEHMAN COLLEGE

Overview:
I have devoted my whole adult life to both performing music and teaching music. When I was first starting in private teaching I was given excellent advise by my high school band director Clem DeRosa for getting into this field. It was an easy task for me as I had mentors on all my instruments. I was taking private lessons from William "Bill" Barber on tuba. If you look him up on the internet he was the tuba player on the Miles Davis Birth of the Cool recordings. My string bass teacher was Charles "Slats"Sladovnik who was a carpenter by trade and played in the Great Neck symphony orchestra, and what we called club dates in that era. I was busy practicing and playing jobs. I normally didn't use the word gig as I felt it didn't give the total respect to all musical work. In my case I soon learned that practice was taking one task at a time and trying to perfect it. I graduated from the Walt Whitman High School in South Huntington Long Island in 1966. Our "stage band" before they accepted the label "jazz band" had international recognition. Among other credits we performed one night on the Johnny Carson show in New York City. Later I attended NTSU now called U.N.T. in Denton Texas, as a student in the jazz department led by Leon Breeden. He is someone else who is important to look up on the internet. I followed that up next attending the Berklee School of Music in Boston now known as the Berklee College of Music. In 1970-1973 I was in the US Army Band with a tuba MOS, and was stationed in Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island NY, and later at Camp Zama in Japan.There I learned to think in a more Zen direction. Zen like jazz sort of seeps into your personality and can give you a more resilient personality. Zen can influence your creative organization for both classical, jazz and popular music in whatever form's they evolve into. Zen in my opinion enables the plasticity of the brain to stay healthy, and can be stimulated by such exercises as tai chi which is considered by many as "moving meditation". If in my opinion again, the artist moves ahead in an open minded direction his/her art form will thrive. The next chapter of my life was living in the East Village starting in 1976 and playing in jazz clubs, subbing on Broadway shows and later getting married and raising a son who I am very proud of. In a busy and sometimes struggling life you don't always have time to look back and talk about your art. It is only later that you get that unique chance. My wife helped me organize myself and after finishing my first degree I found myself teaching in China Town, and later in Brooklyn, and Harlem. Then the prize job teaching in the prestigious high school the F. H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & The Performing Arts. Later I moved from our last apartment in Washington Heights to Stony Brook Long Island. I now live in Towson Maryland and it has much the same DNA in the arts as New York City. My passion for teaching and playing,and composing have in all my years been reenergized by new students. One of my best known students who has given me credit on his website is Jimmy Haslip.
EXPERIENCE
When I was teaching in the F.H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & The Performing Arts I went into the classroom each day with a message imparted to me from educator mentors such as Clem DeRosa, John LaPorta, and Leon Breeden. The message was to give your best, as each generation is owed the best if they are to succeed. In that school I was assigned certain tasks as a former bass teacher of mine Dr. Lyndon Christie called them. These tasks or assignments were carried out with both equal doses of humor and pride and hopefully excellence. I taught at different times harmony, sight singing, low brass, strings, jazz improvisation, and ensembles. These ensembles included concert band and jazz ensembles. I had started teaching private string bass, and tuba lessons by 1964 so by the time I got to this high school I was well aware of what to do. A private teacher is expected to teach his primary instrument and pass along important material in a progressive manner that will both challenge the student and at the same time not over burden the student. Teaching a student is very much like raising a child to learn new skills in a manner that is both fun and productive.
METHODS USED
One of the first things I do with a the student is to let them play a bit for me so I can see the level they are at. I use for both the string bass and electric bass students the F.Simandl Method for string bass. There are also Etude books to follow and they include the 30 Etudes. The tuba students use the Arban's method if they are more advanced and the beginning students use the Rubank Method. Once the student becomes comfortable with these methods we can work in music that they are playing in a school ensemble. If they are not yet to that level we work slowly to get them there. If they are not in a school ensemble I help meet them at whatever environment they are in. This can include private students who already play professionally. This can also include Music teachers who teach a band program and are not string or brass players, but are woodwind, percussion or vocal teachers and just want to improve their skills for their own reasons. A composer might even come to me for a better understanding of writing for these instruments. Now days I recognize that the majority of the students have (never heard of any of these method books just mentioned). I also will listen to students play from other methods that they may have studied from other teachers. With the advent of the internet there is a large amount of material available to students and it can be to say the least overwhelming to find a teacher, and to know how to learn an instrument and not give up. Over the course of my teaching career I have taught beginners from elementary and junior high, and high school, and college. They all have something in common. That is they want to play the instrument of their choice, and feel they are making progress at each lesson. The biggest obstacle they normally have is learning to be patient with new material. I try to give them an often elusive gift. This gift, is the gift of humor, and humility, so we can as a team move ahead and not bruise their self esteem. If the student has access to a keyboard, this will also help them move ahead as the keyboard has the full range of notes available to all instruments. Using the keyboard and and manuscript paper (music paper), I can explain and clear up things such as reading rhythms, constructing scales, and learning improvisation on the chosen instrument. One thing that the student (or parent) may not realize is the importance of having good equipment like a sturdy music stand at their home. It is often these logical things that get in the way of good progress. So a portion of the lesson is talking about these concepts. A student is (not a robot). An important factor in learning is discussion. One of the basic concepts in teaching is reinforcement through talking. This may at first seem like rote learning but in fact is a crucial element in teaching. If I was a football coach we would run through a play several times till the player felt comfortable with the play and understood how to execute it. The same holds true for playing a scale or clapping a rhythm so you can execute it with ease as you perform. In short I try from my many years of both teaching and playing to give the student the tools to play whatever music they love. Inevitably the student will take the material I have given them in the course of our study and so to speak"do their own thing".
LESSON STYLE
One of the mistakes that new teachers can have is they worry about keeping the students interest. This is a disservice to the student. Students "are smart people". They can pick up on whether you love teaching or if you are only doing this for some financial reward. The music student is very lucky as these skills they learn even at the most rudimentary level will last them a lifetime. As my teaching evolved and matured and sharpened I never lost the most important ingredient,HUMOR, AND TRUST! It is and should be understood that you are a professional trying to do the best for your students. You as the teacher are teaching a form of art, which is no mystery. The simple key to mastery of a art form whether it be in music or some other related form such as dancer painting, or acting is doing it over and over and letting it mature into something wonderful and productive.
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