I teach beginners to advanced students. I highly enjoy beginners as they have the opportunity to develop the correct skills early which avoids developing bad habits which are time consuming to correct.
I graduated with a B.A. in Professional Music from Boston's Berklee College of Music. When I first heard about Berklee, I too thought of warm and sunny Berkeley California and not the frigid winters in Boston. Berklee however, is respected world-wide as the musicians music college. Each year, only 3% of students are able to graduate. Advanced freshman placement accelerated all Berklee core requirements by my sophomore year. An early focus on their Advanced Harmony/Theory and Ear Training electives provided the rare opportunity of experiencing Berklee's highest level courses in both departments
. I graduated with Honors in 7 semesters with a cumulative music GPA of 3.6. (Magna Cum Laude). Since graduation, I've been a full-time independent professional musician with over 28 years of experience in all facets of music. Teaching private piano, guitar, and bass students however, is my first love and I consider my biggest accomplishment to be the accomplishments of my students. Since Berklee, I've amassed an extensive teaching library from over 5,000 original lesson plans tailored to meet the needs of students of all ages, levels, and musical interests. Acquiring and maintaining private students for over 28 years has been based solely through word-of-mouth referrals from students, parents, and teachers. A high percentage of students perform in bands, record professionally, and teach independently or in schools. Many letters of recommendation have provided college entry and 6 of 8 recommendations to attend Berkee have since graduated. Teaching beginning music students at any age is most important to me however. So many students never get the opportunity to ever realize their potential as was the case with me. From age 12 to 23, I was frustrated as I was only ever taught how to read music. Reading is important, but there's more to what we hear that meets the eye (pun intended I guess). I believe this is one of the reasons most people say, "If only I had stuck with lessons". Every student entering Berklee is told to forget everything they've ever learned up until now. Professional Performance: I've demonstrated over 28 years of professional diversity with a variety of genres (i.e. jazz, rock, blues, classical, etc.) facilitated through an equal proficiency with piano, guitar, and bass. Versatility has helped to provide over 9,000 solo, band, and free-lance performances at over 2,000 different venues. I've performed bass and keyboard duties simultaneously via split keyboard in original trio for over 15 years with world-respected drummer Clyde Lucas (Count Basie, Ray Charles, etc.). While attending college, I performed in Boston jazz clubs with prominent Berklee students including Smitty Smith from Jay Leno's Tonight Show Band. Other notable bands include Robert Gordan, Eddie Holman (Hey There Lonely Girl), Cab Calloway, and The Moody Blues. Long list includes prominent politicians and various jazz festivals. Recording/Composition: I've recorded 200+ original compositions and 50+ student play-a-long C.D.'s from my elaborate home studio. Advanced recording techniques implementing analog, MIDI, digital and synchronization formats has provided vast experience in both the professional and home studio. Multiple clients have hired me to transcribe, arrange, and record all instrumental parts for a variety of diverse artists and professional recording studio projects including jingles, commercials, and film.
*** Lesson Details *** All students are provided a safe environment in my townhouse of 20 years located in a nice suburban townhouse development minutes from the intersection of Rt. 30 and Rt. 23 (New Holland Ave.). My 3rd floor teaching studio provides all instruments and students have the option to bring their guitar or bass to each lesson or simply use one of mine. Parents can either choose to observe the lesson, relax in my living room, or shop at the Lancaster Shopping Center 2 minutes from my house. Jim has an incredible wealth of knowledge and skills to share with students of all backgrounds, so please get in touch with us to set something up. Our rates are reasonable for the kind of expertise that Jim is available to provide.
*** Studio Equipment *** Full 3rd floor dedicated for teaching: waiting area for parents on the 1st floor or they can come up to the 3rd floor.
*** Specialties *** Berklee's highest freshman placement allowed me to accelerate focus through all advanced theory and ear training electives providing rare completion of highest available level course in both departments. Utilize that with equal interest and experience in all styles and genres (jazz, rock, blues, classical,etc.). Equal proficiency with piano, guitar, and bass.
anthony S. April 27, 2013
Songwriting Verified Student
songwriting is a lot of fun.and yet harder then i thought.
Ive always have wanted to write songs.And finally now i can.James is a great teacher.He's the only teacher ive ever had who has gone out of his way to come up with another way to teach me song writing with guitar.because i dont have a piano.he's great and a lot of fun.
Brian S. February 13, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Jim Rocks! I love hanging out every Sunday jamming
I have dabbled with the guitar for a couple of years but never got serious about. This year I made a new years resolution to get serious about it and find a guitar instructor.
I am so happy that I found Jim. He is brilliant with music and is that laid back, rad teacher that you hope to have for guitar.
We are about 5 weeks into lessons and I'm already playing Dead or Alive, Blackbird, Polly, and learning new songs every week. I thought we would be doing "boring" exercises still but he is great at teaching you the basics while keeping it fun.
A+ for Jim. Also, he is extremely flexible.
The only downside is that I wanted him to teach me how to sing Blackbird, but that's not his cup of tea. haha
NatalieS1 February 28, 2012
Hey Jim- I had a GREAT 1st lesson. You went slow enough so that I could understand what was going on but also went a little quicker so we could make the most of the half hour session. The things we worked on were exactly what i was hoping for. I will definitely be back on I feel confident in my "homework" - those darn finger exercises and I have a love hate relationship right now!! Thank you!
Brad's Bass students will learn: - music reading - reading tabs - music theory - fretboard knowledge - slap bass - improvising - composing lines
Brad's understanding of music runs deeper then just knowledge of the fingerboard and instrument. His mix of philosophy, music, and humor makes him a unique and well rounded teacher for students of all ages. His former students now study music at Berkelee College of Music, Hartt School of Music, Dance and Theater, and Elon University. Brad has developed his own method book for overcome physical and mental obstacles on the path to mastery.
*** Lesson Details *** Brad tries to adjust his teaching to fit the goals of the student. He is great with kids, but also knows when to be serious.
He works from over a hundred music books for all levels of playing and styles. From disciplined classical playing, to free improvisation, Brad has done it all.
Things student learn include: - reading sheet music - classical guitar - reading guitar tab - songs and pieces in a variety of styles - fretboard knowledge - scales and arpeggios - lead guitar playing - technique - chords of all types - finger picking, and pick style - music theory - ear training and solfege - memorizing music - interpretation and expression - phrasing - musicianship - songwriting
Chu C. September 4, 2015
Classical Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
Brad was very capable, and worked with my three teenage boys very well. They enjoyed learning from him, and they definitely improved!
When finals time came around for him, he had to cancel a couple of lessons unexpectedly. Then I heard that he moved away this summer, so we have to go to a new teacher. His overall communication with the parent could have been better.
Austin B. May 25, 2015
I am a former student of New England Conservatory along with Brad and I played several gigs with him. Brad has a great demeanor and he's very easy to work with. Beyond this, he is a great creative partner who gives and takes criticism easily. He has a firm knowledge of his instrument as well as music theory. Brad has a genuine interest in his students success as well as his colleagues. He understands how fun music can be and has a great sense of humor that lends itself to teaching.
Graham B. September 21, 2014
Music Theory ·
I never thought I would confidently understand music theory, even after years of practice, self-teaching, college electives, etc... I just never felt like I "got" it. Brad changed all that. Studying music theory with Brad's guidance and encouragement, I quickly began to feel as though I could "speak" music fluently.
Brad is a phenomenal teacher, and can adapt to almost any situation. If I wasn't understanding something, he never got frustrated, he would find a way to explain it differently until something finally stuck. That's very important I think. I've had too many teachers give up and say, "If you don't get this, you never will." Brad doesn't think like that. To him, "just not getting it" isn't an option. If you want to learn something, he'll find a way to teach it to you.
Focus on developing strong fundamentals of technique and reading while exploring different styles of music.
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.
I teach a variety of styles to students of all ages.
I teach music lessons to students of all skill levels. I have been teaching for six years and have a degree in Music Education. I am young and enthusiastic and will provide results!
Steve September 29, 2015
Jonathan is a great player and teacher, very organized and caring. He taught for me in my music school for several years and I always got great reviews from both students and parents and saw remarkable progress through his teaching. Highly recommended.
Marie K. September 28, 2015
I recommend Jonathan as a terrific person first and musician who is very gifted and also a great teacher! He was a student of mine in music classes and excelled! He would be a great teacher for any age:)
Elaine September 28, 2015
Jonathan Tice is a very talented musician and music teacher. He is proficient on violin and piano, and is an amazing accompanist. He is highly motivated and motivates children to learn and be musical.
I've been teaching bass guitar for 22 years and my students have gone on to play in bands both professionally and for fun. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play and read basic notes and as time goes on you'll be able to play basic songs. I specialize in Rock and Blues bass styles. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!
Musician/Guitarist Peter D, has been performing and teaching music in the Philadelphia and surrounding area for 20 years. He earned degrees in English Literature from Kenyon College, and in classical guitar performance from the Boyer College Of Music at Temple University. He is the founder and musical director of The Rock Garden, a summer music program for 10-18 year olds. In addition to maintaining a private teaching studio, he is a resident guitar instructor at Germantown Friends School and The Episcopal Academy. He has taught music at Friends Select School and Abington Friends as well as ha
ving served as a faculty member of Settlement Music School and The Nelly Berman School of Music.
In addition to playing classical and finger style guitar, Peter enjoys playing in his folk rock band The Wild Blue Yonder, and recording and producing in his home studio.
Students are raving about their Bass Guitar instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Dwight
"Great instructor overall
Marty was a great instructor to me. Taught me a lot in the 4 lessons I had with him. Very professional and knowledgable in Bass.
Unfortunately because my schedule changing I could not keep him as an instructor. My only gripe would be that his studio room gets a little cramped and my guitar sometimes would hit things. Other than that. I would definitely recommend him."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Brian
"Great teacher who has many talents
I am an adult who started taking a new instrument and just after a few weeks with him, I'm already able to play much m
ore than I ever dreamed I would. He is down to earth and easy to get along with - but pushes you to always do better. I would recommend him to anyone looking to advance their skills or start from beginning like I have."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Dwight
"Best instructor I had so far.
Matt definitely knows his stuff. I had 4 classes with him and I'm shocked at the things I've learn with him. Great schedule
flexibility and makes you feel comfortable from the time you meet him. Has a great and spacious place to teach compared to other I had. Hes willing to help anytime with questions. I decided to keep him as instructor for now on. Thanks!"
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Corene
Eric has worked with my 8 year old on drums for almost a year now. He is knowledgeable and patient. I would recommend him to anyone wan
ting guitar, drum, piano, or voice lessons!"
Grand Rapids, MI teacher:
Review by Dylan
"Bass lesson With Al
Had a really nice first lesson with Al. He is a good guy and a we had fun jamming out on a couple jazz standards and talking about sc
ales. He has good knowledge of the instrument and i was happy to see that he played a 6string like myself. I enjoyed the lesson."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Elizabeth
"It was always a lifelong dream of mine to play the bass and Chris has made that a reality by providing affordable lessons and taking a slow, hands on appr
oach to teaching me the bass. He is also such a nice guy so that makes the whole experience that much better. I am forever thankful that I met Chris and look forward to working with him more!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Justin
"Very Good Teacher
I took bass lessons with Jon last year, and it was truly a phenomenal experience! Jon worked with me on my level and really broke dow
n music theory in a clear manner. He also was able to pinpoint the areas I needed the most work in, and then developed drills for me to use at home between lessons. His teaching style helped me develop from a below average bass player to a proficient level…in less than 6 months! I highly recommend Jon no matter your experience level."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Kelli
"awesome and funky bass teacher
Eric is an amazing bass teacher. He has great taste in music and he KILLS it on the bass. His funky grooves inspired me to
practice for hours everyday. His music taste is very diverse, so if you have a song you want to learn he will probably be able to teach it to you. He also has a very keen ear and will teach you the skills you need to develop your ear so that you can jam.
If you want to rock at bass, definitely call Eric."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Dhara
"I've worked with and learned from Brett for many years, and it has always been a pleasure. He has a unique and creative approach to music and it is clear
that he is extremely experienced and knowledgeable. Studying with him is fun, relaxed, and rewarding, and I would recommend him to anyone interested in pursuing music as a career or a hobby."