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Popular Bass Guitar Teachers Near Swarthmore

Jonathan H.

Hatfield, PA
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Andrew M.

Philadelphia, PA
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Vince T.

Philadelphia, PA
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Jonathan H. Hatfield, PA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

I started my musical education in a children'€™s choir at age 6.
When I turned 8 years old, I began piano lessons. I started violin
at 9 and trombone at 10. I am now proficient on the guitar, bass, and piano. Having completed my tour of duty in the U.S. Army, I am currently on the Dean'€™s list as a music/audio production major, and plan to continue my music education until I earn at least a masters in performance and composition. I started my teaching career at Milestones in Music, a local studio, as an independent contractor, where i was able to gain valuable experience and fine tune my curriculum. I am a member of the Grammy U Recording Academy, and have had opportunities to work with a lot of different musicians. (The Recording Academy is the organization that created the most prestigious
award in music, the Grammy). I am the band leader at my church Montco Bible Fellowship, and the lead audio tech for an audio/video group.. Sanctuary Sound. I also do consultant work for organizations looking to setup a sound system/studio. I enjoy recording my own music in my home studio, and learning to play new instruments. I hope to pass my love for music to the next generation!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very laid back instructor... as you will find out! I understand that not everyone learns at the same rate; however, I am a perfectionist and don't allow students to advance until they have learned a particular skill. I would rather a student take forever to learn a song, and practice it with good technique, than be able to play it right away with poor form and posture! I reinforce the value of working toward goals and celebrate with students when they reach them. I understand that every student has different interests and reasons for wanting to learn an instrument... I try to focus on the areas that are of interest to the student, because if you are enjoying yourself then you will excel. This does not mean that the subjects and skills that are not of interest will not be taught, because I believe in being a well-rounded musician. I teach both jazz (improvisation/reading chord charts) and classical (written/ composed music).

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is currently not optimal for teaching... I hope to change this within the next year!!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide lesson books and other learning materials, but expect to be reimbursed. I expect the student to have their own instrument/equipment. Piano students are required to have a piano or a keyboard with weighted keys/hammer-action (preferably 88 keys), a piano bench and a pedal. Guitar/bass students must have an acoustic/electric guitar/bass with a strap or footstool, pick, and cable and amplifier if applicable! Digital audio students must have their own computer, Digital Audio workstation (software), digital audio interface, speakers/headphones and midi controller. All students must purchase a full size notebook with lined or staff paper!

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical and jazz piano! I am more than proficient at most production software including: cubase, reason, fl studio, melodyne, digital performer and protools... and other editing software such as sony sound forge, audacity, etc...

Andrew M. Philadelphia, PA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Bass Guitar, Composition, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Andrew is a Philadelphia area bassist, guitarist, composer, sound designer, audio engineer, and teacher. As a recent graduate of University of the Arts with a MM in jazz studies, Andrew has had many opportunities to study with some of the best musicians that Philadelphia has to offer. Andrew performs in a variety of styles from rock to jazz and R&B. For Andrew, music is the most fun a person can have and this idea is the foundation for his instruction. Andrew aims to inspire his students, in the way that his great teachers have inspired him. He emphasizes improvisation, confidence, versatility, good habits, a strong foundation, and the concept of music as a language.

*** Lesson Details ***
Though I cultivate a laid-back atmosphere, I take music and teaching very seriously. I expect beginners to put in an honest effort, and expect more advanced players to be enthusiastic about the material I give them, and to give it the time and attention it deserves. Ultimately, a student will only get out what he or she puts in. It can and should be fun, (and if It isn't, I'll figure out a way to make it fun.) Students will learn to be creative every time they play. They will learn to interact with others (musically) and to rely on their ears and intuition. I try to focus on producing a well-rounded student who can play with emotion and spontaneity, yet has knowledge of music theory, history, convention, and other essentials of a more academic nature. I cater to the student's interests and tailor my lessons to the student's specific needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home: studio with music stands, guitar/bass amps, music library and materials, keyboard, recording mixer, guitars (acoustic & electric), electric bass, fretless bass, upright bass, and computer with various music software, and a wipe off board.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Car, Music stand, instruments, amplifiers, Ipad

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Jazz, Rock, Pop, and Contemporary music.

Vince T. Philadelphia, PA

Subjects Taught

Arrangement and Composition, Bass Guitar, Composition, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Pro Tools Software, Trumpet

About Me

Vince is a trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer/arranger in the Philadelphia and New York regions. His primary instrument for the past 16+ years is trumpet; he also performs on assorted brass, electric bass, and vocals. Vince holds a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the University of the Arts; and holds a Bachelor of Science in Music degree concentrating in Jazz Studies and Theory & Composition from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Vince first began teaching music in 2006 as the trumpet instructor at Silver Creek Central School; he directed trumpet master classes for high school students. Vince later took on various private students teaching trumpet, guitar, electric bass, improvisation, and arrangement & composition. While earning his Master of Music at the University of the Arts, he served as the trumpet department intern and was responsible for teaching private trumpet lessons, preparing transcriptions for class materials and live performances, and proctoring music theory exams. Also at UArts, Vince was a teaching assistant for the Freshman Jazz Improvisation class for which he conducted sectionals, administered exams, and offered critiques regarding inventiveness of improvisations. He currently teaches a number of electric bass students at Philadelphia's Rock to the Future.

Each student approaches music differently, and Vince tailors his teaching to fit that approach. He asks a student what they're aiming to accomplish, then set short and long term goals in order to acheive them. Vince believes a strong technical foundation leads to freer ease of artistic expression. His students recieve a wholistic approach to music on whatever instrument of their choice.

He is a member of Soul cover band: The York Street Hustle, with which he plays trumpet and arranges horns. He also regularly performs with Indie Rock bands Heyward Howkins and Roomtone. Vince has appeared on many albums during the past few years including his own debut solo album Syzygy, which is available now. Vince pursues freelance work in the music industry; he continually performs, arranges, composes, and records original music.

Vince is also an Audio Engineer and Producer in the Philadelphia region. He primarily engineers and produces radio & TV commercials, while also engineering and producing original artists' music during the recent two years. Vince has seven years experience operating analog and digital sound boards for live events, radio, and in recording studios. He has also managed multiple semi-professional Jazz ensembles; in charge of scheduling rehearsals, booking performances, negotiating with venues, and marketing via web, print and social media.

Quotes:

"Vince proves himself a very creative composer. I look forward to hearing more from this upcoming composer & instrumentalist." - Fred "Rock Steady Freddie" Reiter

"Vince plays his horn with creative passion and soul , his tone is very open and full these two combined make him one of the leading up and coming young Jazz trumpet players of today." - Rebecca Coupe Franks

"I've had the great pleasure of working with Vince as an arranger and writer. His music explores many styles and directions, and is always well crafted. He has an original and distinctive voice as a player, an arranger, and a writer. Such dedicated talent deserves to be heard, and I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot from Vince in the future." - Vinnie Martucci

Michael W.

Philadelphia, PA
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Tim W.

Telford, PA
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Nathan D.

North Wales, PA
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Michael W. Philadelphia, PA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory

About Me

My name is Mike W. I'd love to be your guitar or bass teacher! I have been in a successful indie band for almost 10 years. Having made 4 studio albums on Tooth and Nail Records and extensively toured the U.S. and Europe headlining and playing concerts with bands like Weezer, Brand New, Coheed and Cambria, Thursday, Sparta, Dr. Dog, Manchester Orchestra, Say Anything and Blonde Redhead, I have developed my craft. Now, I would like to share what I've learned about playing the guitar and bass through teaching motivated students of all skill levels. Because I have composed recorded and performed music for so long now, and have a bachelors degree in Secondary Education from Temple University, I have a lot to offer you as your teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
We can focus our time together working on accomplishing the goals that you set for yourself. If you'd prefer that I guide us through a curriculum of my choice, I am okay with that as well! You can expect a positive, fun and professional environment where we work at your pace.
What are your interests? Here are some examples of what some of my students have been working on: Expanding their understanding of playing chords, Improving their technique through finger exercises, Composing original songs through the study of theory, Learning how to play the guitar solo for the song "In Bloom" by Nirvana, Arranging a guitar part for the song "Going On" by Gnarls Barkley, Learning how to play with a live band, Using effects pedals and appreciating different guitar tones.
We also host a show at my house where you play 1 or 2 songs solo or with a professional back up band that I put together. These shows have been a great experience for everyone because they build confidence and allow you to share your music with a receptive and supportive audience.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio space in basement, large, finished space, band practice space, room for parents to wait

*** Travel Equipment ***
My own amp and guitar

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in theory as well as teaching students songs that they choose in a way that is appropriate to their skill level. I focus on finger exercises to develop technique and help them compose original pieces with a study of theory. Scales are important as well as different chord voicing and inversions. Standard forms for Rock/ Jazz and Funk are also studies. I am more of an alternative rock guitarist than jazz or classical.

Tim W. Telford, PA

Subjects Taught

Audition Prep, Bass Guitar, Ear Training, Music Performance, Music Theory, Upright Bass

About Me

I earned my master’s degree in jazz studies from The University of the Arts. As adjunct professor of music at Lebanon Valley College, I teach double bass, bass guitar, jazz improvisation, and directs small-group jazz combos. Working with students of all ages, I also teach workshops, clinics, and master classes at high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools in Pennsylvania and Maryland, as well as keeping a private teaching studio out of my Bucks County home.

Lessons are available on upright bass, electric bass, improvisation, music theory, and ear training at all ability levels and all ages, from absolute beginners to high school students preparing for college auditions to adults. Some of my students have been accepted to various regional orchestras and jazz bands, and I'm very proud of their hard work.

While having an outlined curriculum to develop my students’ technique, reading, and knowledge of theory, I cater to their interests by showing them how to apply what the are learning to the music that they already know and love.

Nathan D. North Wales, PA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Recording

About Me

Hello!

My name is Nathan, but you can also call me Nate or Nay.
I have played guitar and bass for about 15 years and drums for over a decade. I write music, and I have been involved in numerous live performance bands and recording projects.

In high school I studied music theory, composition, and technology. I continue to during my spare time. I also play some piano, harmonica, and sing. I have had a few years of guitar lessons, including several months of classical guitar training with sight reading.

I am an ASCAP songwriter, and have a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies with a minor in web technology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

I am primarily involved in rock and heavy metal, but have experience in many other genres.
I listen to all kinds of music! Anything my students listens to or wants to learn is fine by me! Classical, soul, country, jazz, electronic dance... I believe there's great stuff in all of them!

I've had experience teaching both bandmates and friends how to play songs (both originals and covers), as well as various techniques on instruments. I've also demonstrated how to use programs to both record and edit songs, then mix and master them.

*my goals*

I enjoy teaching in a way to help other players love their instruments. I believe the first goal is to give it your own voice, and then continue to gain the expressive means to make it an extension of your body.

There's no embarrassment in being coached how to crawl, fall, and then walk before learning how to run.
Self-discipline will make you never hesitate to revisit the steps to that first goal, and realize that those are the ones that you will need to tread many times if you want to improve.

You ultimately need to have fun to stay on path! I tend to laugh a lot when I teach and encourage you to do so as well. We all make countless mistakes every day, but playing a wrong note should just feel silly, not bring you anger or frustration. Laughing relieves our daily stress and associates positive attitude towards your instrument.

If you stay interested, the instrument will grow with you, and continue to be a companion as long as you come back to it. I encourage you to grow your roots as you see fit. If you become flustered at a song, it's probably not important to master it this minute. So unless you have a gig or recital, we can come back another time!

I will always try to demonstrate proper technique and posture to help eliminate bad habits that lead to discomfort and potential injury.

My current band is Yuki Yuki Yasumi, so please take a look/listen if you'd like more samples of my playing.

I have a resume available. You can also request a sample outline/lesson plan of your skill and instrument.

Thanks for reading, hope to hear from you soon!
-Nathan

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