Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Singing, Acting, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Banjo, Fiddle, Harmonica
I play music full time - anything from touring with bands to studio session work - and love to fill my home life with teaching lessons. I began studying percussion at age 6, and mostly learned jazz and classical until late high school, when I also became interested in American roots music. I dug deep into guitar, mandolin, fiddle and banjo, and loved checking out old recordings to see where the new stuff comes from. In college I was a percussion performance major until switching to English education and teaching high school for 3 years. Since then I've stayed busy with music, but I also teach and perform improv comedy on the side. It's a little more than a hobby and a little less than a career.
I have performed and recorded with groups as diverse as MIT's Balinese Gamelan and Ensemble Robot, old time stringband Stoop Singers, cellist Ben Sollee, jazz trio Gryn Gryn, and artists like Evan Ziporyn (Steve Reich), Sara and Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), Sean Carey (Bon Iver), and Dean Granros (Happy Apple, Lee Konitz). I've learned traditional fiddle and banjo in the homes of masters Lee Sexton and Clyde Davenport, taught courses in West African drumming and American roots music through the Exploration School at Yale University, and I'm a former member of the Eau Claire Music School faculty. Currently I tour with Field Report, Kalispell, and The Ericksons, playing drums, guitar, fiddle, banjo, and singing.
Guitar, Piano, Violin, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Banjo, Fiddle
I am a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist with a dual-degree in Music Theory & Composition and Philosophy from Butler University in Indianapolis. I have 10 years of teaching experience and over 13 years of performance experience. I am classically trained, but have since branched out to genres such as Jazz, Bluegrass, Rock, Electronic Music and anything in between.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Mandolin, Music Theory, Songwriting, Banjo
My passion is teaching! I could search my whole life, and never find anything I enjoy doing more. You could call it my "calling," for lack of a better term. That's probably why I've been so successful in my career. I've taught students as young as 4 years old, and students who are in retirement.
The success I've had, comes with years of taking private lessons, performing, studying, and always keeping an open mind to new ideas, and relating my experience with all my students.
Guitar, Piano, Violin, Cello, Classical Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Banjo, Fiddle, Viola
I am a highly organized, outcome-driven and motivated professional musician and educator with solid experience in the classroom. For the past 25years, I have been employed with Amati music academy and seven years on the faculty of University of St Francis.
I am very comfortable with all aspects of the current music syllabus, including teaching musical concepts (such as duration, pitch, dynamics, tone color, texture and structure) as well as performance, composition. I am fully qualified, with a Bachelor of Education in Music, Double Masters in music performance and education from University of Nottingham.
I am proficient in classical, jazz and Celtic fiddle violin and possess solid skills in piano (grade 8-13) Royal conservatory system.
Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. I strongly believe that music has the power to change lives – to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a profound medium of personal expression.Professional perform experience: The Chicago, Natalie Cole , Smokey Robinson, Three tours with Moody Blues, YoYo Ma etc....
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting, Banjo
Fred is a working professional musician that plays around 120 dates a year all over IL and WI with Bella Cain. In the band, Fred sings as a bass voice and plays electric & acoustic guitar/banjo. On some gigs he jumps on bass and even drums. As THE country band in the midwest, Bella Cain has recently performed along side such Nat'l acts as Brad Paisley, Bucky Covington, Lee Brice, Justin Moore, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan.
Besides Bella Cain, Fred also performs with his new acoustic duo, Voodoo Country, with Paul Hala. The group is a crowd pleasing, request taking, laid back show that covers pop, rock, and country hits.
Fred occasionally uses that jazz performance degree and plays straight ahead jazz gigs and jazz fusion gigs with some of the best musicians in Chicago. See the videos below for some inspired performances!
Guitar, Singing, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Banjo
I have a Master of Music (M.M.) from the University of Oregon in Jazz Performance (Guitar), as well as two years of experience in the Berklee College of Music Acoustic String Department (Mandolin performance). I have performed internationally, but have spent my energy for the last few years mainly in developing a highly effective curriculum for folk stringed instruments. Unlike piano and violin, which have hundreds and hundreds of years of history and have been taught effectively all over the world, guitar, mandolin and banjo are relatively new instruments! I have developed a curriculum which uses what I consider to be the best aspects of formal/university music education, without sacrificing the joy of the informal/social method of learning which has been a characteristic of folk education throughout American history! My goal is to help students develop the technical skills they need to play music a very high level, while still maintaining the joy of creativity. After all, music is nothing if not first and foremost a social activity!
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