Learning to play the bass guitar is exciting since the bass is part of the rhythm section in a band. Learn to read bass clef music, chord charts and tablature. The student will learn to play songs as their ability progresses along with technic studies.
Jill holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and has master's work in choral music. For many years she has taught private and group music lessons to all ages and many varying styles of singing and instrumental music. Her lessons are unlike the ones she remembers from childhood; Jill's lessons are full of creativity, fun and excitement. It is amazing how students improve with each lesson. Jill brings more than just technique to the studio, she strives to find the best in each student and then concentrates on improving each individual's strengths and then delves into ways to correct th
Since Jill is a vocal soloist, instrumentalist, accompanist and director, she knows what it takes to prepare and rehearse and therefore she makes it clear which concept the student will be working on during the lesson. With an instrumental and choral background, Jill brings music to life and then shares with the students how to keep music in their lives forever. Many students who had vocal problems have achieved vocal success after taking several lessons with Jill and learning to keep their voices healthy for the rest of their lives.
Jill has worked with children, teens and adults in many schools, churches and after school programs that she designed. Her success with students who are very young or students who come with disabilities or autistic spectrum diagnosis are moved by the music Jill creates. With the help of the ORFF-SCHULWERK certification, Jill has many ways of reaching children through the use of instruments, rhythm activities, games and other fun ways of learning. Breaking barriers is Jill's best asset, she will not quit until the student has an understanding of the instrument or his/her voice.
The young and the older adults find that taking lessons with Jill has brought them to a place of realizing their potential. Successful stories include pre-school age through students who are retired. The length of time one studies depends on the student's practice and diligence. Many students have started with Jill in preschool or elementary school and have continued through high school and college. Several college age students wanted to improve their singing or instrumental skills so goals were set and met through Jill's successful teaching ability.
Many of Jill's students have become better musicians and many have chosen music professions for their careers. Several students have won contests, auditioned for parts in musicals, started local bands and have become songwriters and performers after taking lessons with Jill.
"Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, plans succeed. " (Proverbs 15:22) It is Jill's belief that with her teaching qualifications and past record of success with student achievement and great experience studying with wonderful advisers, teaching YOU or YOUR CHILD will be one of success!
*** Lesson Details *** Jill's teaching technique is flexible. Some students require a stern and strict approach while others seem to work best with more creative license. Jill is open to each student's needs. When booking lessons with Jill, one will find that the first thing she will do is find out more about the student's needs and desires to succeed in their chosen instrument.
Because of her flexible approach, method books vary depending on the student's need to succeed. Sometimes young students will need to review several beginning methods until their reading skills are achieved. For the young students, Jill teaches theory and gives the young students time during the lesson to explore musical symbols and try their hands at improvisation, rhythms, manuscripts and creativity.
Some students may desire to learn to play "by ear" or through improvisational skills. Jill is very good with improv and her song writing skills are strong. When a student desires to write music, Jill is there to help with questions about time signatures, note values, key signatures and transpositions.
Taking lessons with Jill is a journey that those who have tried have not had regrets. Several parents and past students would be happy to tell you how their talents and gifts improved after working with Jill for a few months. After three months of working together, Jill will know how to pursue the student's musical career. After 6 months the student will be able to play complete songs and have a sense of basic music theory. The hope is for the student to be confident of their instrument's abilities.
Several of Jill's students have taken their skills, gifts and talents to the professional level. Students who have studied with Jill are professional music directors in high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, churches, soloists and some who are in school studying music as their major. Taking lessons with Jill will be something that will add value to the student's life forever because MUSIC is her life! Without music, the world would be a very dull place and individuals would be unhappy and depressed in every walk of life. Music brings out the beauty of creation and man's ability to skillfully play an instrument for pleasure or for one's occupation.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha Conservatory Grand Yamaha keyboard 5 string bass guitar/amp 4 string acoustic bass guitar 5 string banjo small MACKIE mixer with mics CD recording audio recording computer Gibson electric guitar with effects and amp 6 string Takamine e-coustic with amp recorder (the instrument) clarinet violin dulcimer bongos gong cymbals tambourines and many percussion instruments music stands soprano and baritone ukuleles trumpet djembe many amplifiers and sound system accessories I-pad drum set
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide my own equipment, but I expect the student to provide his/her own instruments and music stand.
*** Specialties *** My specialty in voice comes from years of lessons and experience. I use many methods and books to bring out various ideas to learn to sing correctly. I take each individual at his/her level and try to improve breathing technique, posture, enunciation with style and phrasing, depending on the student's aspirations.
Jill plays most instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, band instruments, ukulele, banjo, dulcimer, drums and violin. Jill enjoys many styles of music and she has played with many bands and groups throughout her musical career. She is a full time musician, music teacher and music director. Years of experience traveling the U.S. with bands, choirs and ensembles enables Jill to work well with many styles of music including contemporary, rock, Christian, Broadway, classical, country, bluegrass, jazz and blues.
Arvin M. May 26, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Excellent teacher. Has patience with even fumble-fingered me.
larry B. March 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Lee S. February 12, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jill is a wonderful teacher. She is patient and creative in teaching, good at communicating her musical ideas with children. My son progressed a lot under her instruction. We really hate to say goodbye to her because we have to leave America. Her classes are part of our best memories here.
Eric comes from a family of musicians. He began guitar lessons at age five as the Beatles were invading the American music scene. Growing up in New Jersey, Eric performed in rock bands until becoming interested in classical guitar. With New York City only a short bus ride away, he spent as much time as possible in the city, studying guitar with Russian born Classical Guitarist, Dr. Alexander Bellow, and Jazz Legend "Bucky" Pizzarelli. During this time he attended recitals of such notables as Andre Segovia, Julian Bream and John Williams. Being immersed in this musical scene inspired him to ma
ke music his life.
Eric earned a degree in Classical Guitar Performance from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, where he studied under the direction of guitar pedagogue, Richard Provost. While at Hartt and shortly after, Eric performed in numerous Master Classes for internationally acclaimed artists such as Manuel Barrueco, Christopher Parkening, Oscar Ghiglia, Michael Lorimer, and Carlos Barbosa-Lima.
Eric has taught guitar at the college level for over twenty years teaching on the music faculties of University of Central Florida, Rollins College, Stetson University, Bethune Cookman College, Florida Southern College, and St. Leo College.
Eric's experience includes performances with rock groups, stage bands, folk groups, classical ensembles, jazz combos, Broadway shows, operas, solo recitals, and concerto appearances. Eric has appeared hundreds times at Disney and Sea World as well as other venues around Central Florida.
Throughout the years he has had many unique experiences while performing, one of his favorites being the opportunity to play the MASH theme song for Alan Alda as well as other stars in attendance at a cast party for the show, Win, Lose or Draw at EPCOT Center.
Although he enjoys performing, Eric considers teaching music to be highly gratifying. The importance of giving students a good foundation with the proper technique and performance skills cannot be underestimated. When a student can play a song from beginning to end with style and confidence you know youâve given them a gift that will offer them enjoyment for the rest of their lives.
*** Lesson Details *** If you're looking at this site, you're already on your way to becoming an AWESOME musician! Whether this is your first attempt at music lessons or you've been playing for a while and trying to improve your skills, Iâm EXCITED about working with you. I am a professional music educator and performer that has a passion for music and teaching. I will gear each lesson to fit your musical interests and playing level while I encourage and motivate. My goal is to use proven teaching methods and a supportive learning environment to help you realize your musical potential, as well as having FUN while doing it.
*** Studio Equipment *** Chairs, music stand, tuner, metronome, amp, CD player, ipad.
Trinh T. May 29, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I have been taking lessons with Eric for 8 months. He is very helpful, knowledgeable, and helpful. I have been learning classical guitar and want to transition it into fingerstyle acoustic. Good mix of classical guitar book, working on interested pieces, and chords.
Kristi O. April 10, 2015
Classical Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
I've had a great experience as Eric's student. He is highly knowledgeable as a guitar teacher and I have loved learning classical technique from him. And I'm kind of picky, since I already have a degree in music and am also a music teacher! He has really helped me broaden my skills as a guitarist and I can highly recommend him as a teacher for all kinds of guitar styles.
Kevin C. December 18, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Eric is a very good teacher. I have no experience in music at all and his instruction offered a nice mix of basic music knowledge and uke specific teaching. In a short time he showed me a variety of playing techniques for the uke that gives me a lot to strive for while offering exercises and instruction for me to work on that will help me steadily improve.
I am proficient, and can teach all styles an most techniques on the electric bass guitar.
Styles include Rock, Pop, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, Latin and Caribbean styles, African styles, and more!
Techniques include fingerstyle/fingerfunk, slap, palm muting, and harmonics.
I provide instruction, assistance, and tutoring to all levels of Electric Bass Guitar and Music Theory. I can also teach entry level guitar as well.
I believe that that essence of music education should be fun, entertaining, and thought provoking, while at the same time providing a positive and charming atmosphere for the student to learn in, which invokes strong and efficient learning ability. Discussion and questions are always welcome, and I always work at the pace of the student,
It's my job as a teacher to have the tools to help enhance and nurture a student's musical ability in
their chosen area of interest(s), not oppress a concrete template method for all students without accommodation to learning patterns or tendencies of the student.
My lessons are set up to accommodate a student's skill level and learning. I adjust my curriculum to support the student's interests and goals to help them grow and further their abilities in music practice, and theory simultaneously.
The studio is a quiet, large room with access to a piano, and music literature for reference and study. Bass amplification is provided if need be. STUDENT MUST HAVE THEIR OWN INSTRUMENT.
--My Professional Background--
I have been a professional bass player for 8 years, and have been playing for 16 years.
I started out self taught as a bassist and guitarist playing heavier styles of music such as heavy metal and alternative rock when I was young. I eventually grew to adapt to more increasingly informative, and positive styles of music such as Funk, Jazz, and Latin/World music in pursuit of absolute proficiency on the electric bass guitar, and in music in general. Currently, I can read and write music fluently, and have played in many Jazz Ensembles, Combos, Rock/Metal Bands, Cover Bands, Jam Bands, and the like over the last ten years as a bassist and backup singer. I have also arranged music for Jazz Big Band, and composed music for Solo Piano, Trio, String Quartet, and Choir in Classical method.
Brandon July 8, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
Nicholas was great when I took lessons from him. Very professional. Always on time. Really understands the instrument and is a great teacher. He made it easy to grasp the concepts of playing bass.
Andrew H. February 15, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
Very knowledgeable and explains material in very easy ways to understand and remember. Definitely a god teacher.
I have been playing bass for 7 years. I have taught many people with little to no experience, and many of them now know how to sight read bass charts, how to improvise a good bass solo, how to play all chords and scales, how to write their own song, and how to play over music without knowing the key.
However, my main goal is not to teach these technical skills. My main goal is to teach how to express oneself with music; the technical skills come after.
Hi! My name is William, and I am a computer science major at Valencia College with an extremely diverse skillset. I focus on teaching underlying concepts in order to promote deep understanding, rather than memorization. I strive not only to provide help with an immediate problem but also to help gain more general skills that can be applied in many contexts. I love to tutor and teach people, and I really love helping people get better at learning.
I have been tutoring a wide variety of subjects for about 4 years, and I have lots of experience helping people tackle difficult concepts, and, pe
rhaps more importantly, helping people find joy in subjects that they previously disliked.
I can't wait to start learning with you!
Joseph G. January 19, 2015
C Programming ·
William is nothing short of the only tangible reason I am able to program competently. I certainly wouldn't call myself the easiest of students, yet Will was able to drag me smoothly through my introductory programming course. He is an excellent tutor; not only for his in depth and widely encompassing field of knowledge, but also for his willingness to go over material over and over again, in as many different ways as possible, until you've truly learned. I would recommend him to my friends, neighbors and even professional programmers just to make sure they know what they're doing.
Sean P. January 11, 2015
C Programming ·
I went into my Intro to C class at UCF with very little enthusiasm towards learning the subject as well as horrible studying habits and a tendency to extreme procrastination. Before Will started tutoring me I had no hope, or care for that matter, to pass my class, but Will was actually able to get me enthusiastic about the material. Will is extremely knowledgeable on a great deal of subjects and is able to convey complex materials in an almost story like context making difficult subjects both interesting and very comprehensive. Certainly the best tutor I have ever had, would recommend to all who have difficulty in both programming and mathematics fields, with him you will want to learn.
I can help you learn how to play the bass in multiple genres.
Music is my life! I started playing the Tuba in 5th grade and played all the way through college. I now rock the bass at my church and have been for 7 years. I have been teaching music for almost 10 years and have loved every second. My passion is to help people love music as much as I do.
I have a bachelor's degree in music education and am certified to teach in the state of FL.
Anthony B. June 4, 2015
In studio Verified Student
The teacher connected with my son and was knowledgeable and prepared for the lesson. My son enjoyed the class.
Students are raving about their Bass Guitar instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by John
"I've been taking lessons with Kim, off and on as finances allowed, for 10+ years. Kim has a brilliant knack for being able to quickly assess what is need
ed to keep me moving forward in my study of music. We have primarily focused on bass with some guitar thrown in. That speaks to the flexibility and patience that this instructor possesses. She will keep lessons focused and moving forward,challenging me when it's called for, all in a gentle, affirming manner. I cannot speak highly enough about Kim's abilities both as a performing musician or as a music instructor. Nobody could go wrong with Kim as a teacher, she's been great!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Shelby
"I was trying to learn to play better on the bass guitar. Liam is an excellent teacher. He was patient to teach me what I wanted to learn. He was organi
zed and gave clear instructions. He gave me examples of exercises to work on to play better."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Brett
"An outstanding teacher
Diedrich really is a terrific teacher. He has a great style that puts you at ease instantly. I really love the way he ensures you
learn the right technical skills but at the same time makes sure you're having fun and learning the type of music that you most enjoy."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Nathan
"The boost I needed to get playing again
Will's lessons didn't only help improve my bass playing, but also gave me the confidence I needed before recordin
g in the studio. He was patient and didn't mind working with me until I had my skills down. His lessons are more practical than others I have had with a more "classical" feel. I would recommend Will's lessons to anyone who is looking to improve their bass playing or have some fun rocking out to great tunes."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Dani
"I've known Matt for a long time and in addition to his extraordinary skills as a bass player, I've come to know him as a fantastic teacher. He has led man
y clinics at colleges around the country, taught privately to individual students, and attended one of the best universities in the country for jazz performance (UNT). That being said, he is so much more than a jazz bass player. He plays regularly with bands ranging from electro-pop to folk to salsa on electric bass and upright bass. He has one of the most creative musical minds I've ever had the pleasure of working with and is patient and compassionate both with his band members and students. I highly recommend Matt as your future bass teacher!"
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Andrew
"Quite knowledgeable and strong teaching skills!"
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Brian
"Working with Hayes has really improved my bass playing, as well as my overall understanding of music theory/stringed instruments. I have a background in g
uitar and I compose music for documentaries, etc., but I wanted to play live shows with a friend’s band, and I wanted to learn as quickly as possible. The cool thing is: I think Hayes has helped me improve, all around, as a musician, and as a composer.
Nice guy, versatile, and knowledgeable. I definitely recommend him!"
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by mike
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Jeff
"Tim came recommended from a friend. I had been playing guitar and bass for close to 20 years, without ever taking a single lesson. I'd been focusing on ba
ss for the last 10 years, and decided that I wanted to take my bass playing to the next level - theory, reading music, etc.
Fast forward a year later, and I'm reading and learning music not only from sheet music, but from jazz charts - something I hadn't even imagined going in. I've gained a new appreciation for the music as a result.
Everyone that knows me well has commented on the improvement in my overall bass playing, from the wife to people who I've spent years jamming with. In short, if you're looking to expand your abilities, you can't go wrong with Tim."