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Popular Upright Bass Teachers Near Corte Madera

Kevin S.

San Leandro, CA
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Jacob J.

San Francisco, CA
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Swen H.

Oakland, CA
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Kevin S. San Leandro, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Dance, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Upright Bass

About Me

I love sharing my passion for music with my students. They describe me as a Fun, Patient, Punctual, and Organized teacher.

I hold a B.A. degrees in Music and Spanish from San Jose State University, and have 15 years experience in teaching and performing.

My musical palette encompasses Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Symphonic, Opera, Reggae, Funk, Rock, R&B.

I am very fortunate to have shared the stage with many masters in the Jazz and Afro-Cuban/Salsa scenes, notably: Karl Perazzo and Jeff Cressman (of Santana), Louie Romero (Hector Lavoe and Wille Colon) Wayne Wallace (Wayne Wallace Quintet) the famous salsa vocalist Tito Nieves, Cuban-born vocalist Fito Reinoso,
legendary Bolivian charango player Eddy Navia, Bolivian guitarist Gabriel Navia, Eric Rangel y su Orquesta America, Julio Bravo y su Orquesta Salsabor, and the Pacific Mambo Orchestra.

Besides music, I enjoy salsa dancing. I have been dancing for ten years and have been teaching salsa dancing for three years. I also believe in furthering my communication skills. I belong to my local public speaking Toastmaster club for 2 years. I also enjoy art very much and have been drawing as a hobby for three years.

*** Lesson Details ***
My first belief is that music lessons should be fun and help foster self esteem as well as self confidence in musical expression. I believe in a safe and encouraging learning environment filled with curiosity, exploration, and laughter.

During the lessons I concentrate the building blocks of musicianship as we switch off from accompanist and lead roles in the musical examples in the lesson books. I also focus on music theory by discussing chord / scale relationships and how to apply them to improvisation or composition. I also stress students be able to vocalize what they play to help with their ear-training.

I strongly believe in student performances. I prepare my students to perform in recitals, performance groups, as well as auditions and entrance exams.

Buying instruments can be very confusing. I go the extra mile to help my students buy the right instrument and accessories by accompanying them to the music store and offer my feedback. Parents and students feel they've made the right choice after careful thought goes into the purchase of their instruments.

Whether you just want to play in a band or major in music, you can learn how to enjoy playing music and build your confidence on your instrument at your own pace.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baby Grand Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Amplifier, Music Stands, Stereo System, 1/4 Inch Cables, Tuners, Method Books: Piano, Guitar, Bass, Comfortable Seating Area for Parents, Table, TV

*** Specialties ***
Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Brazilian, Rock, Classical.

Jacob J. San Francisco, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Ukulele, Upright Bass

About Me

As a teacher, my years of experience and study with a wide array of teachers has given me a unique perspective on the process of music making and how everyone can benefit from the act of music making. As a professional musician with a diverse background, I have years of performance and teaching experience to offer my students and to help them overcome any musical difficulties with ease.
Positions in professional orchestras I have held include Principal Bass with the Amedeus Operenensemble in Salzburg, Austria, Assistant Principal Bass with the Northern Symphony Orchestra (MN) and St. Peter's Chamber Orchestra (Redwood City, CA) as well as with the Boise Philharmonic. I am also an avid chamber musician, composer and improvisor, a founding member of the San Francisco Bass Quartet and the Argentine Tango group Tangonero. I have also worked as a session player at San Francisco's Hyde Street Studios and recently collaborated with Third Eye Blind and Jherek Bischoff.
I studied the double bass at the University of MN with Christopher Brown of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and earned my B.M. at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with Scott Pingel and Steve Tramontozzi of the San Francisco Symphony.
I have also studied electric bass with Steve Hanson, and drum set with Pete Hennig and Dan Rheinhardt.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my years of private teaching experience, I have found that it is most important for the student to have a clear goal or idea of what they want to get out of the lessons. This way both myself and the student have a clear understanding of what we want to accomplish and how I can help make the musical dream a reality. I have found that every student has different musical strengths and tailor my lessons to help the student overcome their specific challenges and strengthen the skills that come naturally. After several months studying with me you can expect to have better understanding of how your instrument works and developed basic skills to play simple tunes by ear and play some of your own music. But most importantly music is FUN! My ultimate goal is to share my love of music with all of my students and help them develop the same love for it that I have.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Comfortable and clean private teaching studio w/ drum set, keyboard and amps w/ seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
As a professional freelance musician in the San Francisco Bay Area I perform regularly in a variety of groups that encompass many genres, including: Symphony orchestras; jazz combos; Argentine Tango groups; folk, rock and funk groups; Bluegrass and more.
I place an importance on nurturing students to become lifelong learners in a safe atmosphere that allows the student to feel comfortable making mistakes and to eventually help them find their own "voice" without negative constructive criticism, because after all, music is supposed to be fun. When starting lessons with a new student I make an effort to learn what kind of music they want to play, in order to establish a place to start and to ultimately give them the tools they need to create their own music in any style that they wish.

Swen H. Oakland, CA

Subjects Taught

Ableton, Acoustic Guitar, Audio Engineering, Bass Guitar, Drum, Ear Training, Guitar, Logic Pro Software, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Synthesizer, Upright Bass

About Me

Hello! I am Swen, a musician, producer/engineer, and songwriter. I gig professionally around the Bay Area in various bands and jazz groups. I mainly gig on bass (upright and electric), but I now play drums in a garage rock/surf rock band. In addition to bass and drums, I also play and teach piano and guitar, as well as music recording/producing/engineering and music software. I can travel to your location to teach, or you can come take lessons at my studio in Oakland. Feel free to contact me to discuss your musical goals!

Luke D.

Oakland, CA
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James S.

Dublin, CA
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Kevin R.

Berkeley, CA
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Luke D. Oakland, CA

Subjects Taught

Ableton, Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Algebra, American Government, American History, American Literature, AP English, Arithmetic, Arrangement and Composition, Asian Cooking, Audio Engineering, Audition Prep, Banjo, Basic Math, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Chess, Classical Guitar, Composition, Cooking, Country Guitar, Creative Writing, Drum, English, English Literature, Essay Writing, Film Scoring, Film Studies, Geography, Guitar, History, Language, Literature, Logic Pro Software, Math, Mixology, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Poetry, Science, Screenwriting, Social Studies, Songwriting, Spanish, Spelling, Stand Up Comedy, Study Skills, Test Prep, Upright Bass, Vocabulary, Writing

About Me

I have been a professional performing musician and teacher for going on a decade. I've studied jazz guitar and film scoring at Berklee as well as bass and composition at Lewis and Clark. I've toured across the country several times over, playing everything from jazz to funk, metal to pop. More importantly, I've been teaching privately since high school when I'd bike to students houses around my neighborhood. Since then I've taught at the local branches of School of Rock in Portland, OR, Boston, and New York, teaching privately, coaching ensembles, directing student concerts, and teaching theory workshops. I also have been working to integrate cutting edge digital technology into my teaching practices should students wish to explore contemporary processes. Music has long been my life's love, and my highest hopes lie in in sharing its rewards.

I also have spent terms on and off teaching middle and high school English, History, and Spanish and have moonlighted in kitchens and bars. I freelance as a writer of both fiction and journalism.

No matter what you are interested in, my lessons are wholly student driven. I work with you to determine your goals and how to best achieve them through fun and accessible exercises.

*** Lesson Details ***
My primary interest with any student regardless of age or instrument is to cultivate a higher appreciation and understanding of music, both as a listener and a participant. As the hopes of any student is the mastery of songs, my teaching style is largely founded in learning songs, no matter the difficulty level. While I have a myriad of exercises and drills to build technical prowess, I work with each student to build a curriculum as unique as they are, they're own musical tastes the seeds from which we will grow our goals. Not too far removed in years from my own beginning days, I know it's no fun to try and play what you wouldn't listen to in the first place. As basic technique is developed I introduce students to a wider range of influences that best suits their interests and aims. All I ask from my students is that they enjoy their practice, however strenuous or laid back it may be.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio Desk with amplifiers (no drum kit)

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own instruments and amplification. I can loan students both for a lesson, but not for take-home practice.

*** Specialties ***
Funk, Jazz, Metal, Blues, Rock

James S. Dublin, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Music Theory, Upright Bass

About Me

I recently graduated from the Master's of Music program at the San Francisco Conservatory of music. I've played with many orchestras in the bay area including the Berkeley Symphony, Napa Valley Symphony, Stockton Symphony, and more. In my undergrad, most of my playing was in jazz. I've toured Europe (Italy, Switzerland, and France) with a big band in 2007, and performed at Yoshi's. I began on the electric bass in high school, playing in bands and everything from the Beatles to Tool. I also picked up some electric guitar. I've taught double bass annually at La Honda Music Camp as a double bass counselor, and look forward to taking on many students and sharing what I've learned, and what I will continue to learn with them!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am easy to get along with, and I relate very well with students. Lessons are laid back and I tend to make a lot of jokes, but the material itself is rigorous and I expect a great deal of effort. I enjoy sharing musical philosophy, and I believe that private lessons have generally 2 main functions. 1) For the student to achieve the level of learning how to practice independently from the teacher (and discover their own musical voice), and 2) (at an advanced level) for the student to learn that specific teacher's approach to musical philosophy and that specific instrument.

My curriculum will vary greatly depending on the needs or wants of the student. For beginners, I might start with exercises/etudes to begin developing fluency or coordination. I will teach how to read music and understand the fundamental building blocks of music theory, and continue depending on the student's interest. The materials depend on the genre and instrument. For more advanced students lessons will be more focused on specific topics (advanced techniques, repertoire, excerpts, theory, auditions, philosophies, etc).

*** Studio Equipment ***
Basses (electrics and uprights), electric guitar, electric keyboard, music stand, amps, other misc. supplies.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students provide the instrument, music stand, and books or materials which will be discussed.

*** Specialties ***
Orchestral double bass is my highest specialty. My undergrad was mostly in jazz. The longest experience I have is in electric bass playing rock/oldies/etc. I'm well educated in music literacy and analysis.

Kevin R. Berkeley, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Upright Bass

About Me

With a degree from San Francisco State University in music performance and composition along with over 5 years teaching experience I can guaranteed a broad range of learning tools for individual lessons!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic guitars
Electric guitar
Bass guitars
Upright bass
Guitar and bass amps
Laptop with Logic Pro and Ableton live

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide an instrument only if needed but I expect them to have their own instrument at home to practice with. Also a small amp at home as well if needed for electric instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Can cover any genre on both Upright and electric Bass. Specialize in Pop/Jazz Piano as well as applied music theory. Can teach most styles of guitar on nylon/classical as well as electric guitar.

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