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Basic Math, Bass Guitar, Elementary Math, Cello, Music Performance, Music Theory, Upright Bass
My name is Marisa B. I am a bass player by trade but I also play violin, viola, bass guitar, and I can teach beginning music theory. I really enjoy playing all the instruments I teach, however I am in school learning to play all 18 basic instruments in the music world! VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois is a great place to study music education and get yourself way more involved in music than you ever anticipated being. I sing in choir, I previously was in the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble, I am currently part of the Jazz Ensemble (holding down the rhythm section with my steady bass lines), and I am the bass section leader of the Philharmonic Orchestra. All of that aside, I really love teaching and I would love to work with you in any way it was needed to help you succeed. I want you to have fun, but I also know the value behind learning. I am always willing to answer questions, give advice, or just have conversations. I am pretty easy going as long as my students keep up with their practicing. If you have any questions, please contact TakeLessons and they will get them to me as soon as they can!
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Accompaniment, Arrangment and Composition, Bass Guitar, Beatbox, Composition, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting, Upright Bass
Learn: upright and electric bass
theory, composition, counterpoint
stage and studio performance
After getting started as bassist for the New York metalcore band Inner Dam, opening for such acts as Hatebreed, Nepalm Death, Agnostic Front and others in the 90's, I relocated to Chicago to expand my musical horizons and further my education. I earned a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Illinois, Chicago, performing both orchestral music and jazz on the double bass, and sang tenor with the choir. I graduated near the top of my class with a 3.89 G.P.A., excelling in music theory, ear training, composition, counterpoint, and jazz improvisation. I also studied the keyboard for 3 years. Some of my professors included jazz greats Zvonimir Tot, Orbert Davis, and Stewart Miller, as well as the modern composer Mark Mellits. Aside from school I have performed all over Chicago, and toured the east and west coasts, performing a variety of music including; jazz, country, blues, bluegrass, West African pop, folk, reggea, hiphop, and indie rock. My band, Walking Bicycles has been covered in the Chicago Trtibune and Spin magazine, and my bluegrass band is becoming a regular on the roots festival circuit. I have a wide range of knowledge to share, and can help you reach your goals, whether those goals be to start your own band, write your own music, play with other musicians, study at a University, or just express yourself on an instrument. You can do it.
Music Performance, Music Theory, Upright Bass
I have bachelors and masters degrees in music performance, and many years of experience teaching private bass lessons. In addition, I have completed two levels of teacher training in the Suzuki method. My experience is mostly with what many people think of as classical music. This means that I have strong technical fundamentals, and a knowledge of how music works. I teach students to play this big instrument using weight distribution rather than muscle, which helps us play free from pain and tension.
Bass Guitar, Composition, Dance, Drum, Ear Training, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Classical Guitar, Flute, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Saxophone, Songwriting, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Upright Bass
Daniel, a former faculty member of Columbia College in Chicago, is a studio and live performance singer and musician based in Chicago. His teaching and performing experience spans three decades, and includes expertise in the studies of voice, guitar, piano, bass, drums, and trumpet, along with music theory, arranging, and composing. He is a Lincoln Academy Student Laureate who holds a BA in Music Composition, and has attended graduate courses in education at Roosevelt University and DePaul University in Chicago. He has taught students of all ages at private studios, public school, and college.
Daniel is described by his students as a natural teacher. He prefers to be regarded as an advancing student, and takes the journey along with his students to guide them towards their goals with a friendly, positive, efficient and productive approach. He feels that music is within all of us, and a desire to learn is a sign of talent, so anyone can develop their musical abilities with methodical practice.
The musical journey for Daniel began at an early age with trumpet and piano studies which became a passion for him by the age of 14. He was the drum major of the high school marching band, and successfully completed a paid contract to arrange music for the high school jazz band which performed in a state beauty pageant. He began teaching privately after high school, and continued playing in bands, and composing original music. He formed a professional jazz ensemble under the name of the Chicago Jazz Players by the age of 22, and developed his arranging techniques while having it performed by an eighteen piece orchestra consisting of many great local artists. It was in this environment that he gained experience with brass, woodwinds, and rhythm instruments. He was granted a position at Columbia College as an instructor at age 29 where he taught theory, sight singing, musicianship, ear training, harmony, orchestration, and composition. He scored the music for several plays, and conducted his own pieces with Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Players. During those years he found himself playing the guitar and singing more than anything else. It was in 1995 that he focused on singing and playing the guitar with his rock band. He has produced several CD recordings of his original music in his own studio, and has helped produce local bands and artists. He performs regularly in the Chicago area.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Upright Bass
Dave K.began playing guitar at the age of 10. His influences include Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Guthrie Govan, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny and Scott Henderson. At the age of 17 he began teaching private guitar and bass lessons to classmates from his neighborhood high school. It was through this initial experience with teaching that he realized he wanted to make music education his career. Since then he has taught private guitar and bass lessons at Naperville Music, Rossi Music, Horizon Music, and the Plainfield School of Music. In addition, he has taught orchestra, guitar, and jazz band at Rolling Meadows High School.
In 2000 Dave graduated from the University of Northern Illinois with a degree in jazz and classical guitar where he studied with world-renowned fusion guitarist Fareed Haque. In addition, Dave has studied guitar with some of the best guitar players in the world including Dave Uhrich and Andy Timmons.
In 2003-2009, he produced and played guitar in the Chicago based hard rock group Disonic. In 2007, Disonic singed to Darkstar Records and released the E.P. The Value of Truth. The Value of Truth was distributed in the USA and Japan. In addition, it was distributed digitally world wide on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.
In 2009 he attended VanderCook College of Music and earned a Master’s Degree in Music Education. Currently, Dave is playing bass in the Chicago rock group I Decline and guitar in the Dave K. Group. This year, Dave is releasing his first solo instrumental guitar album under his own name. In addition, he continues to teach rock, jazz and classical guitar and bass in the Chicago area.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Upright Bass
On double bass, Dr. Phillip S. is an active soloist performing concerti and other virtuoso works by Bottesini, Deak, Koussevitzky, Rautavaara, Tubin and others. He has performed under the baton of conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Christoph Eschenbach, Neeme Järvi and David Robertson as a member of Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Dr. Phillip performs with other orchestras including the Renovo String Orchestra, the North Shore Chamber Arts Ensemble, the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra and many others. He performs on violas da gamba with period-instrument Early Music ensembles including Ars Antigua, the Bach Collegium of Fort Wayne, Madison Bach Musicians, the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, New Comma Baroque, the Newberry Consort, the Second City Musick, the Secret of the Muses, the Spirit of Gambo – a Chicago Consort of Viols, and many others.
In performance, Dr. Phillip has appeared on Chicago’s 98.7FM WFMT, Wisconsin Public Radio, Milwaukee Public Radio and WUIS NPR and can be heard on CD releases from Clarion, Cedille, Soundbyte and Varèse Sarabande Records. On viol, he appears as a recitalist performing old and new works for viol and as an orchestral concert soloist. In addition to teaching privately in the greater Chicago-area, he is instructor of double bass and viola da gamba at Valparaiso University. he is the founder and music director of the Early Music outreach program Viols in Our Schools, Early Music America’s Outreach Award recipient of 2010.
In 2013, Dr. Phillip presented 'Making Your Baroque Solos More H.I.P.' in conjunction with a performance with Jessica Powell Eig entitled 'The Cuckoo’s Egg …or Just Plain Cuckoo? Transcriptions of Early Music for Double Basses' at the Historically Informed Performance Summit at the 2013 International Society of Bassists Convention at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Dr. Phillip earned his Bachelor of Music studying with San Francisco Symphony member Stephen Tramontozzi at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1998. He later completed his Master of Music & Doctor of Music degrees at Northwestern University School of Music in 2001 and 2007, respectively where he studied double bass with international soloist DaXun Zhang, Chicago Symphony Orchestra member Michael Hovnanian and viola da gamba with Newberry Consort founder Mary Springfels. Study a variety of modern and period instruments with this versatile artist now.
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