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Popular Upright Bass Teachers Near Thorofare

Ian V.

Philadelphia, PA
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Mike S.

Lehighton, PA
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Thomas W.

Downingtown, PA
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Ian V. Philadelphia, PA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Upright Bass

About Me

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.

Practice

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.

Mike S. Lehighton, PA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Broadway Singing, Cello, Classical Guitar, Drum, Fiddle, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Reading, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Ukulele, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin

About Me

A professional musician and music instructor for over 30 years, Mike has established himself as not only a world class player but also an excellent teacher of all ages and skill levels. He teaches for several area conservatories and hosts master classes on composition, performance, guitar and bass improvisation. Mike now offers lessons in his professional home studio.

*** Lesson Details ***
Mike's approach is to use the student's own musical tastes to develop an appreciation for the instrument. If you like rock, you learn by playing rock. If you like jazz, you learn by playing jazz. Mike's approach makes it painless to learn to read, train your ear and develop monster chops quickly.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1) Recording studio - 1200 square feet - all instruments and seating for parents

2) Private teaching room w/ all instruments and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
For the last few years I've had good results teaching theory as part of a greater performance focus. I've taught Hal Leonard and Suzuki Method in the past, but find this more enjoyable and rewarding for the students.

Thomas W. Downingtown, PA

Subjects Taught

Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Bass Trombone, Beatbox, Cello, Clarinet, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Composition, Ear Training, Euphonium, Flute, French Horn, Jazz Voice, Marimba, Music Performance, Music Theory, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Piccolo, Saxophone, Singing, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin, Vocal Training, Xylophone

About Me

Thomas J. W. is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over fifteen years experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. His directing career has included small rural band programs, small metro programs, large high-achieving suburban programs, and non-profit youth bands. In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a cappella groups.

Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a teaching certificate in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has taught at the secondary level in both states. In addition to both instrumental and choral ensembles at Penn State, Thomas was a student leader in the Penn State Blue Band and a member of the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994. He served as an Associate Director of the Warren Junior Military Band of Youngstown, Ohio from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a visual staff member for the renowned North Penn Marching Knights of Lansdale, PA for one season in 2004.

He is a current adjudicator with Cavalcade of Bands. He is a member of MENC, PMEA, NJMEA, ASCAP, CASA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. He appeared in the Marquis Who's Who Among American Educators in 2004 and 2005, an honor rarely bestowed upon teachers, as students who appear in the Who's Who Among American High School Students must nominate them. He currently is a music teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts of the PA Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA and resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and two sons.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including SmartMusic, Noteflight, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.

I am capable of starting a beginner student on any band instrument including percussion, any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and piano. I can begin a student on drum set and work with them through their first method book, but I would then recommend they find a specialized drum set teacher after a period of six to twelve months.

For advanced students, I work from selected conservatory etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions.

My lessons are a half-hour once a week, with the option of working for 45 minutes or 60 minutes.

*** Specialties ***
music, band, orchestra, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, piano, Percussion
classical, jazz improvisation

Dave K.

Haddon Heights, NJ
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Robert M.

Philadelphia, PA
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Benjamin D.

West Chester, PA
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Dave K. Haddon Heights, NJ

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

Dave K. has performed and/or recorded with notable musicians such as: Herb Robertson, Sonny Simmons, Sabir Mateen, Naoko Ono, Yaya Abdul Majid, Peter Kowald, Vattel Cherry, Jane Wang, Dan Peterson, Ravish Momin, Adrian Valosin, Jim Desalvo and others. in 2001 Dave performed with Vattel Cherry's basssrespanse at the International Society of Bassists Convention at Butler University. He has also performed at the Atlantic City Music Festival, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the New Atlantis Improvised Music Festival, and many U.S. jazz clubs and perfromance spaces. In addition to his sideman work, he also currently leads his piano trio, Dave K. and Friends, leads the quartet, Augmented Fourthet, and has a trio with Herb Robertson. About his playing, Ken Weiss wrote for Cadence Magazine, "K. is a strong promoter of forward motion and creativity."

Mr. K. is a graduate of LaSalle University with a BA in philosophy. While studying philosophy at LaSalle, he studied music privately in the studios of some of the country's top classical and jazz bass teachers, including Douglas Mapp and Mike Richmond.

Mr. K.'s own students have gone on to win awards, pass college auditions, and have successful music careers

Robert M. Philadelphia, PA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Cello, Conducting, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Upright Bass, Violin

About Me

My name is Rob M. and I am professional cellist and string specialist. I hold a Bachelor of Music Education from DePauw University (2010). I am a certified K-12 instrumental/general music teacher in the state of Virginia and Washington D.C. I am currently attending Temple University for a Masters of Music in String Pedagogy. I recently left my string music private studio (20-25 students with Music and Arts) in the Washington D.C. area and I am looking to offer my expertise and experience through takelessons.com. I look forward to working with you and making a great musical learning experience!

Benjamin D. West Chester, PA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Music Therapy, Songwriting, Upright Bass

About Me

I began studying the double bass and the language of music in early childhood. I am available and confident to teach the double bass, electric bass, as well as coach through music therapy, sound healing, or songwriting. On my journey to become a master of my instrument, I found himself at Ithaca College, studying under Nicholas Walker. My rigorous studies landed me positions in Jazz Bands, Jazz Combos, Chamber Groups, and Orchestras. Upon graduating with a degree in Music Performance, my exploration of music evolved into a spiritual journey to find peace and healing. I am now focusing my efforts through a music therapy light. I spent a period of time encouraging others to find joy and realize potential through music, specifically working with children with autism and the elder generation. Currently, I have moved to the Philadelphia area to pursue a Master's Degree in Music Therapy at Immaculata University. My own performing has grown to be very improvisational, compelled, and in response to the moment. Although, I have been trained to teach all genres of music from classical to jazz to popular music. It is a great challenge to explore through music what cannot be said by words. It is my hope to realize these musical connections, while performing, teaching, and healing through the arts.

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