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About Justine D.

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San Diego, CA

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I have been playing upright bass for 12 years and have experience with jazz (big band and combo), chamber music, pit orchestra, and folk settings. I am familiar with arco (bowed) and pizzicato (plucked) playing as well.

Our first lesson will begin with a quick assessment of your musical background, experience with the instrument, and your musical goals. Your next lessons will build on that foundation to support the goals you want to achieve.

Whether it's improving your playing, auditioning for an advanced ensemble, or learning a new style or genre, we'll work together to reach your goals!

About Justine
I love music and believe in its ability to bring people together. It's been a part of my life since I was 5, practicing piano at home in Michigan.

Music was a big part of every single one of my school years, and I was lucky enough to be able to double major in music and psychology at Kalamazoo College once I graduated from high school.

My passion for music has taken me abroad, to London, where I studied Western & Russian art music and took classes in popular music studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

It spurred my move across the country to New York, where I developed a better understanding of how important creativity is to all of us -- especially musicians! -- at Teachers College, Columbia University.

And, most importantly, it's allowed me to do what I love from my home in San Diego, teaching privately both i
n-person and online. I've recently moved to private teaching full-time and couldn't be happier!

I'm excited to get started with you and help you set and reach your musical goals!

*** Online & In-Person Lesson Details ***
It's most important to me that you are excited and motivated about your music lessons! I am a flexible instructor and am always open to hearing your ideas for songs. After working together to identify your beginning knowledge of music and your instrument, we'll progress from song to song to develop your musical abilities.

All of my online and in-person lessons begin by warming up with a quick exercise, scale, or even an improvisational activity. We'll use the music you love to develop your guitar technique, learn new chords, and sharpen your listening skills.

You'll gain an understanding of what makes the music work and why the notes, rhythms, and harmonies are what they are.

The music we study can also serve as inspiration for creativity. I may ask you to come to the next class with a short composition of your own or we'll finish a lesson by improvising together on related musical themes.

I'll do my best to make my expectations for you clear and at the end of every lesson, we'll go over what we accomplished together and make sure you understand what to work on before our next class.

*** Additional Online Information ***

Online lessons can be just as effective as in-person lessons for teaching you the basics of your instrument, developing technique, and achieving your musical goals! I'll use screen sharing to display music, chords, and scale charts during the lessons. Materials will be emailed to you as well for you to use at home. And communication is extra important when it comes to online lessons; because I can't make physical adjustments, I'll often assess how you hold your musical instrument and describe how you can make the adjustments yourself.

Please note that a high-speed internet connection is needed in order to make sure that we can see and hear each other appropriately. In addition, I expect that you will be able to provide your own musical instrument (and amplifier, if you have an electric instrument) to use during the lesson.

*** Additional In-Person Information ***
I teach my in-person lessons from my home office with comfortable seating for both students and parents. I expect that you will be able to provide your own musical instrument to use during the lesson.

I will have music stands available for use during lessons and will accompany and demonstrate on my musical instruments. I will have an amplifier and cables, but if you prefer to bring your own amplifier you can do that, too!

Please note that I have two cats; they'll be in an enclosed room away from where we will have lessons, but if you have cat allergies this may not be a good fit.
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Alex July 30, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great instructor, very knowledgeable and flexible
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Keilei January 8, 2017
· Guitar · In home
We met with Justine for my daughter's first guitar lesson at her home and it went really well. My daughter said that Justine was very helpful with teaching her about the parts of the guitar, string exercises, strumming, and play some chords. My daughter is excited for her next lesson.
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Jordan January 7, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
Justine was great, communicative, prompt and my daughter had a great time!
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About Tom S.

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New York, NY

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About Tom
I went to Sarah Lawrence College from 1983 to 1987 and studied early music, chamber improvisation and composition. I also attended Berklee School of Music from 1983 to 1984, and studied bass performance, ear training and arranging. My teachers have included Rick Laird (bass), Meyer Kupferman (composition, improvisation and theory), Karl Berger (improvisation), Michael Manring (bass), Adam Nitti (bass) and Chris Tarry (Bass). I was a guitar and bass instructor at School of Rock NYC from 2008 to 2009, and also a volunteer bass instructor at Gerald Veasley's Bass Boot Camp. I am currently an instructor at Come Join The Band which is an after school program that pairs pro musicians with kids to write original music .

I have taught private bass, guitar and ear training/harmony lessons since 1980.

My Performance Experience includes:


Bass and musical director at Murderers Row
Blue Man Group….Chapman Stick, bass guitar and talking drum from 1991 to present including performing on the Jay Leno Show in 1994; ongoing gigs as sideman and leader (bass, guitar, stick and voice) in NYC from 1981 to 2015
Tom S. Trio on fretless guitar - NY
Fretless Guitar Festival, 2006

Solo bass CD- Quixotic
Brillliant Coroners CD
Otis Ball and The Chains - I'm Gonna Love You Till I Don't;
Dumptruck For The Country CD

Specializations:
Improvisation
Music Learning (Theory)
Music Technology (MIDI and Digital Recording)

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back, but focused instructor. I use a variety of methods to best improve my students strengths and lessen their weaknesses. After three to six months , most students will be comfortable playing in rhythm and understanding basic harmony.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the music room, guitar, electric bass, amps, computer with recording equipment, protools, logic and ableton live

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring a bass or guitar. They must have an instrument and some form of amplifier.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz
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Charley C. January 11, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Patient, easy to talk to and quite a good guitar player
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sam September 29, 2015
· Guitar · In home
I wasn't Tom's student per se but he and I went over lots of material for our various cover bands and he's a very thorough, patient teacher, very adamant about getting parts exactly right but willing to listen to occasional disagreements. highly recommended!
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Alex L. October 31, 2013
· Bass Guitar ·
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Tom really knows his way around a bass. Each time I go for a lesson, i leave happy about the things we've accomplished in the lesson. Anything that i would like to learn Tom makes it possible for me to do so. I started getting lessons in order to not slow down on my playing. With my schedule constantly changing Tom has been very nice at accommodating when possible.
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Tom S.

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About Andy Z.

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Signal Hill, CA

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About Andy
I have been teaching since 1994. I have a bachelors in bass performance and masters in music composition from CSULB. I am at home teaching theory and technique, but I also use teaching tools like: intuition, creativity, improvisation and song writing. I am comfortable teaching Bach or the Beatles and Mozart or Metallica. In addition to private students I have years of classroom teaching experience at Cypress College and Orange County High School of the Arts.

I have a studio at home, and a fun garden in the yard for parents and siblings to play in during a lesson.
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Rachel July 3, 2017
· Musical Theater · In studio
I highly recommend Andy! He is an amazing teacher and is really great at what he does. He is very patient, easy to work with, and I have learned a lot from him.
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Kellee June 20, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Andy is, without a doubt, one of the most honest and informative teachers I have ever had. He helped me find my voice and I am forever grateful for that. Couldn't recommend him more!
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Rose June 15, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Andy teaches piano to my 4 year old daughter. He is so patient and really engages with her. She has made a lot of progress very quickly because she is genuinely interested in practicing at home between lessons. Last week My son hangs out in the garden and play with his son westley. It works perfectly for us.
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Andy Z.

Andy Z.

Signal Hill, CA 90755
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About Dr. Norman L.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Jazz or classical

About Dr. Norman
I am a professional bass player who has worked on hundreds of recordings and has performed with many symphony orchestras worldwide.

I have a Doctorate in Composition and have taught many students in both orchestration and composition.

Please read my reviews for student feedback.
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Dennis Z. August 3, 2016
· Upright Bass · Online
I just finished a series of online upright bass lessons with Dr. Norman. It's wonderful to have a lesson without toting the bass around town. Dr. Norman is impressive in skill and knowledge. There was nothing musically he didn't know, couldn't explain, or demonstrate on the bass. He has a keyboard at hand to play chords or emphasize a particular key, and he is proficient on that too. Dr. Norman is A++.
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Caleb G. January 14, 2016
· Upright Bass · Online
Dr. Norman is a great teacher. He works well with my 14 year old son. I would highly recommend him.
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Tomas October 14, 2015
· Upright Bass · Online
Tomas loved his first lesson with Dr. Norman. Dr. Norman provides a structured environment, something Tomas needs to thrive.
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Los Angeles, CA 90065
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About Sam K.

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Oakdale, PA
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Basics of open scales and arpeggio fingerings and movable patterns for bluegrass, country, blues or beginning jazz..

About Sam
I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owned my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. I am experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.
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Marc S. October 8, 2016
· Fiddle · In studio
Great first lesson with Sam. Learned a lot the entire way through
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Karen May 27, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
I went into banjo lessons not knowing if I could master the instrument or not, being nearly 70 years old. While by no means a master (and never going to be), I have learned so much from Sam and he has shown such patience with me. I often leave my lessons wondering how he ever puts up with me - but he does. His encourgement, laid-back style, expertise and knowledge of music (plus theory) and the banjo is impressive. His good nature makes my lessons so much more pleasant. I would say Sam is a a great teacher for both a beginner or an accomplished musician or in between. He likes to talk and demonstrate (nice and slowly if requested) so I would recommend hour-long lessons at first.
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D. B. February 4, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
Four lessons with Sam have been amazing. I had previous banjo lessons and plodded from one song to the next. Sam has expanded the entire scope of music for me. I continue with the lesions and enjoy music much more
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About Charlie C.

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Newhall, CA

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I have a masters in double bass performance. I have performed in orchestras, jazz bands, and solo recitals across the country.

About Charlie
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I teach Violin, Cello, and Ukulele for Children's Music Workshop
and have also taught beginner guitar

My primary instruments are double bass and electric bass

Here is my bio-
An experienced classical and contemporary musician, Charlie has performed at events such as the West Coast Premiere of Sila by John Luther Adams (Ojai Festival), and with ensembles including the Center Stage Opera, Santa Monica Symphony, and Symphonia Pasadena.

His formal education started at Interlochen Arts Academy at age 13 and continued at the University of North Texas, during which time he began to play professionally with the Shreveport Symphony, Sherman Symphony, and the East Texas Symphony. He then relocated to Los Angeles to earn his MFA at California Institute of Arts, under instruction from Peter Rofe (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Darek
Oles (Brad Mehldau), and Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick.

He is a frequent performer of new music and has premiered works for solo double bass by contemporary composers including Sean Hayward and Chuck Gloria. His own music explores his influences of folk and the blues and has included collaborations with electronic, avant garde, bluegrass, and jazz musicians.
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Brent July 2, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
Charlie has a colossal amount of knowledge about double bass, is very patient, and is very willing and able to tailor his teaching to your needs. Just what I needed.
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John Q. November 26, 2016
· Upright Bass · In home
Great first lesson! Thanks Charlie.
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About Marcelo M.

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New York, NY

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My classes are very flexible when it comes to what the student wants. I can go from just teaching very basic bass playing to advanced harmonic concepts and jazz improvisation. On the first class, I give the student the choice of controlling our lessons materials about what they want to learn. Or the student can choose to let me control our classes, in which I will bring my own materials and ideas in which we should work and will go through the whole academic process of learning music.

About Marcelo
Established New York musician. Berklee College of Music Graduate. Have been teaching for many years and know that each student has their own mindset and we need to work around each person`s goals and interests. I teach mainly pop, rock, blues, jazz, classical, funk, RnB. All ages and levels are welcome.

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Lessons are very relaxed and we will focus on ways to practice and getting the student to learn what he/she wants. Some people just want to come and learn a few tunes, some want to really learn the instrument and practice all the time. It all depends on the individual and I`m more than ready to adapt for each one of my students with the methods I have.
On our first class we will spend some time discussing what are the goals of the student and I will formulate a good plan so we can reach those goals in no time
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I usually have 3 main paths that the student can choose.
1st - Learn the instrument enough so you can play your favorite songs and have fun with friends.
2nd(most requested) - Learn the instrument from scratch. Study technique, repertoire, a little of reading and music theory and learn how to improvise. This will allow the person to have their own tools to study on their own after attending classes with me.
3rd - Usually people who have been playing before like this one. We will go deep in music theory, ear training, reading, improvising and technique. Always leaning challenging tunes that will develop the student skills. This one allows the student to follow a professional path on the future, or maybe go into a music college.

*Location
Classes can take place at my studio or at your own location with an extra fee for transportation.

*Under 18 students
For children under 18 parents are more than welcome to stay for the classes, tell me if there is any specific goal you are looking for or talk about any subject that you might want.

*AUDITION PREP
I also help people to prepare for auditions. For this subject, I will tell you how to get ready for an audition. If you are trying to get in a college I have many contacts around the country and know how most auditions work and can help you with any question there might be. For auditions for orchestras or band we can work on repertoire and behavior to get you ready and all set to get accepted.
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Nirva July 14, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great teacher and lesson!
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Jason MIller February 13, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
Marcelo is a very patient and knowledgeable instructor. I `ve been taking theory classes with him and it is great. He has a very good methodology and will make everything very clear.
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Ping September 29, 2015
· Bass Guitar · In home
Such a good bass player !! Now I know how to play walking bass :)
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Marcelo M.

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About Kellen H.

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I have studied upright bass for 20 years. I am classically trained and studied under Barry Lieberman, former assistant principal of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. I went on to study jazz at the prestigious William Paterson University. I then spent the next 13 years gigging and teaching in a variety of situations in New York City and now Los Angeles. I have played a full spectrum of music on the upright and love to impart that knowledge to my students!

About Kellen
I believe this is a great time to be a musician. I have come of age as a musician in a time when music making and the music industry have shifted dramatically. There are many positives in this shift, with new oppurtinites opening up for musicians. I also see these changes not being addressed in music education. There are many things I wish I would've been taught when I was younger that would have accelerated my growth, and I love using that knowledge to accelerate my student's growth. I teach tonal harmony (as you'd learn in music school), focus on groove and rhythm (which is commonly neglected in music school), and an awareness of new technology (which was ignored when I was in music school). I believe because no matter which direction you are coming from, you will come to this intersection making music in this era.
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Sylvia March 7, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Great teacher! Kellen has made me really excited about the guitar again.
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Jon March 2, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Kellen is a great instructor. He explains musical ideas in an way that I qet quickly. I'll show him a song and he'll pick it up and teach it to me right away. I would definitely recommend him!
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Susan February 22, 2017
· Guitar · Online
I had been playing guitar for a while, mostly learning songs and chord changes on my own. I wanted to take lessons to work on composing my own songs, and this is where Kellen really helped me. He had a lot of ideas and suggestions that were really helpful in trying to create a unique composing style. He's a trained musician, and it shows when he helps me with music theory and exposing me to lots of different styles of music.
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About Brian T.

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Extensive experience in Jazz and Classical ensembles. Sound production, technique, bass lines and soloing are emphasized.

About Brian
I am a professional bassist, guitarist, songwriter, and producer. I graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Studio Music and Jazz, with bass as my principal instrument. In addition to freelancing around New York and touring, I am the house bassist at a jazz jam session in Brooklyn. I've been a professional gigging musician and teacher since around 2003.

I'm laid back, easygoing, and I have 15 years experience teaching beginners up through advanced students.

short list of artists/ensembles I've performed or recorded with:

Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio
Roosevelt Collier
Great Good Fine OK
G. Love
Sam Pacetti
Troy Roberts
Griffin Anthony
Brevard Festival Orchestra
University of Miami Symphony
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Jordan May 11, 2017
· Bass Guitar ·
Brian is an excellent musician and a very good communicator. He is so chill, and a very clear speaker. I'm really looking forward to jamming with him again! :)
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Carlos May 1, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
I started taking lessons from Brian as a 40 year old complete beginner. I would highly recommend him as an ​extremely knowledgeable, patient, and encouraging teacher... not to mention an amazing musician.
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Jared April 30, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Brian not only teaches you the fundamentals of your specific instrument he also teaches you about music in general! He has such an understanding of so many genres which helped me become very versatile. Brian not only made me a fantastic "bassist" he made me a fantastic "musician". His teachings have opened the doors for me to pursue a very succesful career in the music business, appearing on several records and embarking on national tours.
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About Adam J.

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I'm an upright bass specialist. My Students have gone on to professional careers as bassists in multiple countries.

I will teach you how to play with good technique, no physical discomfort, stellar intonation, great note choice, superb rhythm, and love every minute of it!

Can't bring your bass? Come ply my 150 year old Czech made bass at the lesson!

About Adam
I've been teaching, performing, and writing music for more than 20 years. My students have fun and develop awesome new musical skills and vocabulary.

My number one goal is to help you become an independent, creative music maker. I can help you develop the skills and confidence to make music at any level, and in virtually any genre.

If you take lessons with me, you'll have fun, and you'll make connections to both the hows and whys of music on deep and practical levels.

Don't wait, it's always a good time to start music lessons!
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Timothy June 21, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
Adam Jone is an excellent music instructor! He works to create an instructional path based on student interests and goals. Always easy going and flexible, he creates an environment for students to enjoy music and succeed in reaching their goals.
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John Oswald April 11, 2017
· Classical Piano ·
Excellent teacher who can easily relate. As an adult learner and a beginning piano student, he has excellent patience and has a knack for motivating you!
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Brad Wolverton February 2, 2017
· Bass Guitar ·
Adam is THE best teacher! He has a passion for the bass and the teaching skills in spades.
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