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Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting, Upright Bass
Marcus B. is a performing and teaching artist specializing in acoustic upright bass, electric bass, guitar, and songwriting. Growing up in a musical family, Marcus’ entire life has been intertwined with music. Marcus began performing with his father at the age of four in churches and concert halls, singing and later picking up guitar at the age of 8 and then upright bass at the age of 13. Marcus received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Jazz Bass from California Institute of the Arts. At Cal Arts Marcus had the honor of studying under world renowned jazz musicians Charlie Haden, Darek Oles, Joe LaBarbera, and Larry Koonse. He has also studied classical contrabass with Peter Rofe of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and participated in the Cal Arts orchestra under the direction of renowned contemporary violinist Mark Menzies. Marcus has had an extensive and eclectic professional performing career, performing in touring rock bands, contemporary jazz ensembles, jazz big bands, salsa bands, musical pit orchestras, and american folk and country bands. He currently performs around Los Angels in multiple bands in addition to freelance work. Marcus began teaching private lessons and ensemble coaching in 2010. He has taught ages 6-adult at schools, community centers, and music studios.
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I specialize in Jazz and Classical Styles on the Upright Bass.
Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Bass Guitar, Composition, Ear Training, Fiddle, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Upright Bass, Violin
"Music is the best!" --Frank Zappa
That is the only thing I can claim to know for certain.
My ideals as a teacher are sound control, fun, and community. I teach all of my students how to play their instrument in a manner which they understand and enjoy. I demonstrate how much fun music can be once my student has the facility to create sound freely. And I inspire them to use this gift for bringing people closer together.
Since beginning my musical studies at California State University Northridge, I have been working as a musician in the greater Los Angeles area. Now over a decade later, I continue to perform and teach - enjoying the whole ride wherever it takes me. While my primary instruments are Contrabass and Electric Bass Guitar, I have technical know how on a wide variety of instruments. Some of these include the violin, guitar, and piano.
I'm also happy to teach students who already have technical facility are interested in learning about things like musicality, melodic phrasing, harmonic analysis, rhythmic accuracy, ear training, reading in various clefs, improvisation, and much more.
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I can bring whatever I need to a lesson, but I expect all of my students to take the initiative to have all necessary equipment for playing. That being said, if a problem ever arises in the procuring of this equipment, I am always happy to help in anyway that I can.
Arrangement and Composition, Composition, Music Theory, Upright Bass
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Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Ukulele, Upright Bass
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I love to share my knowledge of music with other people. At UCLA I taught and performed for children of all ages in Los Angeles and around the world.
Teaching is important to me because I feel that music is all about connecting with others. It is also about so many other things: self expression, communication, and lifelong learning. Also, it's just plain fun. I want my students to enjoy learning as much as they do playing!
In our lessons we'll focus on learning how to play the music that you want to learn! And along the way we'll work on fundamentals that will allow you to branch out into other genres, too.
Music is my favorite thing in the world, and I want it to be yours too! It can change your life!
Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Bass Guitar, Christian Gospel, Composition, Drum, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Synthesizer, Upright Bass, Vocal Training
I am a UCLA Jazz Ethnomusicology student. Finishing up my degree with an emphasis on performance.
I enjoy teaching students at all different levels. My goal is to access your ability and attend to your needs. I am looking to partner with you to help you grow as a person, musician, and anything else we can come up with!
Acoustic Guitar, Audition Prep, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Cello, Ear Training, French Horn, Guitar, Logic Pro Software, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Saxophone, Songwriting, Upright Bass
As a teacher, my focus is to bring out my students' personal musical voice. My teaching emphasizes musical conceptualization, using technique as a vehicle to accomplish personal musical goals. I do this with a method I have developed myself that has brought my students great success.
Many of my students have gone to study music in college- but I have the belief that music education is for everybody, and I am here to help students reach their own personal goals by creating a fun and friendly environment for learning.
I have degrees in music performance and education from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, UCLA, and CSUN. My private teachers have been leading members of professional orchestras and top level studio freelancers.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."