Ian V.

Ian V.

10 Reviews
Philadelphia, PA

Bass Guitar

Levels Taught: Beginner - Advanced

Lessons can be geared to teach songs in any style (Blues, Classic Rock, Metal, Country, Jazz, Funk).
Practical Music Theory
Scales and Arpeggios

About Ian V.

Background Check: Last verified 09/23/2013
Ian passed a background check on 09/23/2013 that included the following:
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Male Ages Taught: 8 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 8 to 99


Ian's vast and diverse experience on the Northeast music scene has given him the background that rivals the best of many professional musicians working today. From band tours of the US, Canada, and Hong Kong and a handful of recordings under various acts, Ian remains busy in his home city of Philadelphia. Ian has performed with such acts as Jazz great Grover Washington Jr. to the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra.

Teaching Experience

Ian has taught private lessons in Bass both electric and acoustic, piano, and guitar for the last ten years in which he has also lent his talents to the esteemed Paul Green School of Rock and Day Jams Summer Rock School. He has also been involved with a number of after-school programs in the Philadelphia area where he taught private music lessons, music theory, and rock ensemble.

Musical Education

Ian's musical training began with piano at 7, saxophone at 9, self-taught guitar at 11, and finally electric and acoustic bass in high school. He was awarded scholarships to Philadelphia's Settlement Music School and the Berklee College of Music. Finally settling in NYC, Ian completed his B.F.A. in Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School School for Social Research in 2000. Ian has recently completed his PA Teacher Certification K-12 from Temple University 2011.

Why study music with Ian?

Quite simply Ian is a fun, creative, open-minded, and experienced teacher/musician who teaches a wide genre of music styles. He simply loves all music. Jazz, Classical, Funk/R&B, Rock, Metal, and Country are all within the expertise of Ian's vocabulary. Ian teaches with the same intensity and passion that he performs with. Ian truly cares about teaching each and every student the best way he knows.

*** Lesson Details ***
Ian's lessons are a combination of goals set by himself and the student. Whether you aspire to be the next rock god in 3 months or to just play casually with your friends at the next barbecue, Ian is there to understand your musical goals. Every student is different therefore Ian accommodates his style and methods to each the individual. Old-school rigidity are not what Ian is about. Rather, Ian dips from both the traditions of the past and new techniques of today.

Topics Covered

Technique, Song Performance, Harmony, Rhythm, and Music Theory are all important components covered in the lesson plan. Sight reading standard music notation is encouraged but not necessary. Rhythm notation is a mandatory skill every musician must know and is taught from the beginning. Song choices can be tailored to the students tastes however Ian seems fit. Ian has no problem teaching anything from the Jonas Brothers to Jimi Hendrix.

Improvisation, Groove, and Ear Training are areas of special interest and study which can also be taught to enhance a students studies.

Students skills and goals are assessed every few months to ensure student and teacher are on a clear and steady path. Everything from major and minor scales to song retention is logged down to provide a means of assessment.


As both a teacher and playing musician, Ian honestly believes that it
takes a combination of 20% talent and 80% sweat/hard work to be a successful and
competent musician. Therefore a set practice time length is agreed upon
between Ian and the student to which the student must stick to a practice schedule as
best as he or she can. Learning not just "what to practice" but "how to practice" is an important skill that is acquired through patience, hard work, and repetition. Ian can show you the skills it takes to master the "Art Of Practice".

Lesson Length

Lesson times of 30 minutes and 45 minutes are recommended for beginning students.

60 minutes for intermediate to more advanced students

*** Studio Equipment ***
Casio 88-key weighted keyboard
Fender Telecaster Guitar
Fender Precision Bass
Kolstein Upright Bass
Vintage Ampeg Bass and Guitar Amplifiers
Fostex 8-track Digital Recorder

*** Travel Equipment ***
I always have a bass or guitar on hand , a metronome, CDs, iPod, and music manuscript.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Classical, Jazz, Rock, R&B, and Funk on Upright Bass and Electric Bass.
I teach Beginning and Intermediate Level Piano and Guitar in Classical, Rock, and Popular Music Styles.

Photos and Videos


Private Lesson and Ensemble Instructor Sep 2008 - Jan 2011
Perelman and Kellman Academy Day Schools

Piano, Guitar, and Bass Lessons
Music Theory Class
Rock Ensemble
Grades 2-8


B.F.A. in Jazz and Contemporary Music Sep 1998 - May 2000
New School for Social Research - New York, NY

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency


Teaching Certification in Music Education - K-12 May 2011
Temple University

Student Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 10 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Teacher Ian is a very knowledgeable and patient instructor! Very helpful for a beginner student such as myself. April 9, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lessons I love the way you explain the notes to the kids. They all have told me how much they like you and feel very comfortable with your teaching. You key into each child needs. I see great progress with Nik and Liam Kat needs more practice which she will do this week. See you Thursday. December 19, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by A Talented and Generous Instructor! My wife and I have been taking lessons with Ian for almost 2 months now - I have guitar and she has piano. We both find Ian to be a very talented teacher, who appropriately pushes us to do better. Ian is generous with his time and helpful comments. Highly recommend! November 18, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by take lesson my teacher Ian is a good teacher,.he have patience to teach , and he give you time to understand. i think we move well. November 3, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by My son says he's having a great time learning the piano with Ian V. My son says he's glad to have Ian V as an piano instructor. I'm glad my son is enjoys learning the piano. I thank Ian V. for teaching my son to play the piano. January 10, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ian is a great teacher, very patience, have great Knowledge with guitar. i have learned a lot and will continues learning August 26, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great teacher. Adjusts to my learning level and speed. Highly recommend. April 19, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by doing a great job February 22, 2010