I am a professional Upright Bassist as well, and I have been playing throughout the country for 16 years. I play jazz, rock, pop, singer songwriter, funk, r&b and Latin music. I have experience playing many different situations, including clubs, churches, private events, weddings and recordings.
Since moving to New York City in 2005, John has been one of the most in-demand bassists and teachers in New York. John attended Manhattan School of Music, studying bass with Larry Ridley and Jay Anderson while studying piano and composition with Garry Dial and Richard Sussman.
After graduation, John formed a band called The Jazz Thieves, and has performed his original compositions with them. The Jazz Thieves have played extensively throughout the city at Spike Hill, Rockwood Music Hall, Tea Lounge, Flatiron Room, and the Greenpoint Gallery to name a few. Their first self-titled album was
signed to Fervor Records. They have been featured on radio programs throughout the world, and continue to perform in NYC often.
As a teacher, John has taught piano, guitar and bass to students privately, as well as at Pelham Music Arts Studio in Pelham NY, Dea School of Music and Art in Staten Island, and New Canaan Music in New Canaan, CT. John has also worked at the Caedmon School and St. Hilda's and St. Hugh's schools, helping to produce their fall and spring concerts. John works with students to improve their musical skills, teaching them both important works from the past, and modern, popular songs. John's hopes to inspire confidence in the student's musical and life skills with his teaching method.
John also plays in many other projects. John has played jazz with jazz masters James Moody, John McNeil, and Wayne Bergeron. He also had played with with Jason Trachtenburg (of the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players) and currently plays with Tim Cronin (of Camera Obscura/Freelance Whales/Los Campesinos) in his band Floating Compass, at venues such as the Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, and Glasslands Gallery.
*** Lesson Details *** I enjoy working with each student to help them improve their musical skills and gain confidence. I like to focus on fundamentals, including music theory, proper instrument technique and reading written music. Music is supposed to be enjoyable, so I try to work with each student to find songs they like and help them learn the melody, chords, and theory behind their favorite songs.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have an Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Guitar, and Amplifier. I also have a nice weighted keyboard for Piano lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can bring my upright bass for lessons on upright bass, or my guitar/electric bass/amp if needed. If the student has an instrument (and amp) of their own, it is always a plus.
*** Specialties *** Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Piano, and Guitar Jazz, Rock, Pop, Singer-Songwriter, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and Funk styles Music Theory, Ear Training, Improvisation and Composition Music Production Music Business
Brandon S. February 18, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
Very knowledgeable, patient and does a great job explaining technique and music theory. He's been great at helping provide the glue that ties my skills together.
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 ins
tructor 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: 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 present Tom S. Trio on fretless guitar - NY Fretless Guitar Festival, 2006 Solo bass CD 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, upright bass, guitar, electric bass, amps, computer with recording equipment, protools, logic
*** Travel Equipment *** I will bring a bass or guitar. They must have an instrument and some form of amplifier.
*** Specialties *** Rock, Jazz
sam September 29, 2015
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!
Alex L. October 31, 2013
Bass Guitar Verified Student
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.
College Performance Degree in Bass Diploma from Grove School of Music in Bass 20 years professional experience of Bass Playing
Thanks so much for taking the time to inquire about studying music with me.
Music and studying music has always been a passionate experience for me. I have been so blessed with the teachers and fellow musicians in my life. You should realize that your study of music may start with me, but it will last your entire lifetime. I hope that all of your life you will have a rewarding relationship to music and the spirit of great sounds!
I have performed in great jazz clubs in New York, on Broadway, and performing arts centers across the country. I'm currently playing in many great p
erforming ensembles. I have put out two CD's as a leader and played on multiple CD's for other artists.
It has been my pleasure to teach privately, as well as in the classroom for 15 years. I enjoy performing many different types of music. I pride myself on being very open minded in terms of musical taste. Never apologize for liking what you like! I bet there is something in that music which is great. I can't wait to learn something from the music you introduce to me.
I be glad to provide a full resume to anyone who requests it.
*** Lesson Details ***
My most important goal for each student is that they get to where they want to be musically.
I want the student to be able to play the way he or she wants to play. If you want to learn to play one song, that is great! If you want to learn to play one classical etude that is just as great! If you want to learn how to play in a salsa band, bravo! I treat the desires of my students as my curriculum. Each student will receive special prep time from me each week. I pride myself in taking the time and energy to prepare for each meeting. Every time you complete a lesson, it is my hope that you are walking away as a better musician.
In the beginning I hope to find what will musically interests you the most. Usually, you might have a goal that requires you to play on a higher level than you do presently. If that is true, we might take some time to figure out a road map to get you to that place. Along the way, I'm sure you and I will learn many new concepts and techniques that aid you in becoming the bassist/musician you want to be.
And rest assured, the teacher always learns from the student...this is the best part of teaching: learning from the student.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio: 3 electric basses, plenty of amps and chords, one acoustic bass, piano, ukulele, guitar, computer playback and recording.
*** Travel Equipment *** As requested
*** Specialties *** I have been lucky to play tons of different types of music. I believe I can give musicians and aspiring musicians a deep understanding of what is most important in many different styles of music. Music I have been lucky enough to study and play professionally: Jazz, Rock, Funk, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Blues, Classical, Pop. I'm also a very good transcriber, so if there is a song you heard on the radio we can definitely play it! Ear training could be an area in which I could be of service to you as well. I have many arranging and composing credits and I would be glad to help students in this area whenever requested.
Okokon O. March 5, 2015
In home Verified Student
Mr Lang is great guitar tutor.
Aviane V. October 30, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Love my lessons
John is an amazing teacher all around. Very professional and good at getting me to understand things which may be a bit confusing. I am currently reading and playing between four books and I never thought it would be possible especially just after taking lessons for a year. Sometimes I feel a bit frustraited when I am not able to play certain pieces or when I dont understand a concept but John is great at breaking everything down and making it easier. I am now realizing how my piano skills can be utilizied in my other music projects. When I attend my lessons I am reminded why I love having them so much. With him as my instructor I can see my skills improving and I know I will only get better. I recommend piano lessons to everyone and if you are looking to have a great teacher John is your go to person !
Leslie M. May 13, 2013
Piano Verified Student
John is a very patient piano teacher. He has a way to get young students to pay attention through the entire lesson. Keep up the good work !
In 10 years of teaching the bass, I've guided students from their first encounter with the instrument through professional performance and college study. I love teaching the bass because playing the bass ties together so many fundamental elements of music in every genre.
I have a degree in Jazz Performance on the double bass from NYU and have performed professionally in many styles from jazz to classical, rock, soul, funk, merengue, and everything in between. Studying the bass with me can be as focused or as broad as needed for each student. I enjoy all of my lessons, learning each and every baseline on Sgt Pepper's, focusing on reading skills and music theory, or improvising walking bass lines over jazz standards. I always focus on the goals of my students and how best to build a true understanding of the instrument, it's role in an ensemble, and the tradition of the music.
Cited by All About Jazz as a musician with "all the groovy elasticity necessary to encompass the melodic complexity of compositions," Isaac is a strong voice among a new generation of musicians. Discovering a love for the piano, guitar, and bass in his youth, Isaac began performing in coffee shops and jazz clubs at the age of 15, quickly becoming one of the most sought-after young musicians in Westchester County. While still in high school, Isaac had the opportunity to study with jazz legend John Patitucci. Isaac's selection for New York's prestigious All-State Festival came as no surprise.
Isaac graduated from New York University's undergraduate jazz program in 2009, where he studied with many seminal jazz musicians including Ari Hoenig, George Garzone, Kenny Werner, Jean-Michel Pilc, and Martin Wind. In the spring of that year, Isaac recorded and self-released his first CD, Of Pandas and People, featuring his original compositions and accompanied by a group of powerful improvisers.
Isaac has toured internationally with his own quartet and has written and recorded music for film and television. Most recently, Isaac completed work composing and recording the musical score for the documentary "Return to El Salvador," featuring narration by Martin Sheen.
In addition to his performance, composition, and recording work Isaac has taught privately and in music schools for 7 years. An accomplished piano, guitar, and bass teacher, Isaac has experience teaching kids as young as four years old how to play, read, and love music. Isaac is currently a member of the staff at the R & D Music School in Carmel, NY and has previously taught at George Jackson Academy.
*** Lesson Details *** As a teacher, I am committed to helping my students achieve their goals whatever they may be. I find as much satisfaction out of teaching a guitarist how to play the latest Green Day song as I do preparing a student for performing a Beethoven piano sonata for concert or competition.
I have found that students tend to fall into two categories, though some share characteristics from each. The first kind of student comes to me with a specific goal in mind; to learn a song, a technique, or a musical style. For this student, I am goal oriented and let the student dictate where the lessons go. If the student doesn't have any interest in reading music, that's fine! I work for you, not the other way around.
The second kind of student doesn't know exactly where to begin, but has an enthusiasm for music, or perhaps their parents want to include music in their general education. For this student I take more initiative in designing curriculum to include the classical masters, reading proficiency, theoretical understanding of how music works, and practice techniques and strategies. I am always goal oriented and maintain practical, short term goals in addition to a long term road map.
Over the years I have had students of all ability, talent, and age levels. I believe that knowledge of and experience with music is valuable for everyone, and as a teacher I know my job is to find an efficient and engaging way to connect my students with the material. Some young students benefit from longer concentrated periods of time on the instrument, while others require a different approach. I have developed many physical games that provide a break from time on the instrument while constantly reinforcing the material we have worked on. This is invaluable with many young students, as attention spans vary from pupil to pupil. For instance, my younger students love to play musical twister, a variation on twister in which I set out different colored tape in five lines to reflect the treble or bass clef staff and work the student through a program of memorizing the letters for each line and space. For the youngest students unfamiliar with the alphabet I have pneumonic keys to facilitate reading notation before they can read words! The key is to keep every lesson full of information, and full of fun.
For young piano students, I use the Alfred's Basic Piano Library books, as they have fun illustrations and a balanced approach to reading notes and rhythms, theory, and technique. For older students, I use several method books but also focus on supplemental material of my own design.
Upright bass students will study out of Simandl, with a large body of supplemental material as well.
*** Studio Equipment *** home studio---all the guitars and basses you can imagine, piano, parents can sit in
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide music notation paper and an instructor instrument (Guitar/bass). For a initial lesson I will provide an instrument for the student, after which he or she must provide his or her own.
*** Specialties *** When teaching children, I prefer Alfred's method books for their accessibility and simplicity. I have a very deep knowledge of jazz and jazz history from classic New Orleans to the most contemporary styles.
I also teach classical music on the upright bass and piano and have students playing Beethoven and Bach regularly. I have a thorough knowledge of Western classical music history and as a composer, am an expert theoretician.
I have taught rock and pop guitar for many years and have always found great satisfaction in helping students achieve their own goals-to play a favorite song, to form a band, to develop their songwriting.
Jeffrey S. June 9, 2014
Bass Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
Isaac is an incredible instructor. His lessons are easy to understand and educational. I look forward to practicing what I learned the previous week and Isaac's methods really make it fun.
Marisa R. October 24, 2012
Guitar Verified Student
Isaac is awesome!
Isaac is the best teacher I've ever had and he is super fun to work with. I am learning all different kinds of cool music with him, from blues to classic rock to jazz. I feel like I am learning so much with him, from playing music to reading music to writing music.
FleurV January 19, 2012
Isaac is awesome
Isaac is really able to connect with our 6 year old and engage her in a musical way. He is a very creative teacher. He is punctual and nice, our daughter always looks forward to him coming!Highly recommended
Introduction to how to play the bass. Working on bowing, sound, fingering, and reading concepts.
Immanuel Wilkins, studies classical, and jazz saxophone at the Juilliard School, Played at the GRAMMY awards, has toured in various places, east coast, west coast, Japan etc., taught in Philadelphia for 3 years, Immanuel has appeared with Sean Jones, David Sanchez, Christian McBride, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Lovano, Stanley Clarke, Reggie Workman, Gary Bartz, the Odean Pope Sax Choir, Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba; and the 2014 GRAMMY Jazz Band. Immanuel has also played the Montclair, Somerville, West Oak Lane, Cliveden, Cape May, and Philadelphia jazz festivals; the New York Winter JazzFest, the, We
lls Fargo Center, Blue Note, Chris' Jazz Cafe, Smalls Jazz Club, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Lincoln Center, and many more.
Students are raving about their Upright Bass instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Suzanne
After a few disappointing attempts to locate a music teacher for my 11 year old I almost gave up, but then we found Stanley. He is truly
a gem. You cannot ask for a better teacher. My child's playing and understanding has greatly improved under Stanley's tutelage. We definitely recommend Stanley, you won't be disappointed."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Jed
"Dee has a great broad knowledge of different instruments. She teaches to your needs and I've been so happy with my lessons!"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Jed
"Ms. Fleming is an excellent teacher, patient, encouraging, and working from a broad range of experience. As a teacher myself (English), I really appreci
ate those qualities. Her experience across multiple instruments and music genres is especially appealing to me, as I play several instruments and am interested in many types of music. She gives me hope that I can develop some facility on upright bass, a dream I have had since I was a boy. (Note: Her insights into how to practice are really helpful.)"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by David
"Scott is an awesome musician and a great teacher! I am actually a trumpet player who meets with Scott (as often as possible) to learn jazz improvisation f
rom a true master.
Scott has a gift for making complicated things seem easy. In a jazz improvisation lesson he told me, "The trick is to keep the melody in your head, while you're creating a completely new melody." This one suggestion has completely changed my playing - and I hope - made me a much better jazz player.
He is an excellent musician, one of the best bass players around. He plays so VERY musically and swings really hard. If you have an interest in learning the bass, Scott is one of your best options."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Fernanda
"Best teacher ever! That guy takes the time to explain in the best way how to play different techniques and styles, very informative and the best part is-
you can take the lesson from the comfort of your home! He gives lessons through Skype and next thing you know you are a professional musician! Highly recommended!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by linda
"Jake is a great teacher!
I had never played a stringed instrument when I joined a bluegrass band at the age of 62 and was told that I needed to learn to
play the bass. I bought an upright stick bass and was lucky enough to find Jake to teach me how to play it. I was a teacher myself, so I appreciated Jake's approach to teaching -- supportive and specific. He listened to me when I explained that, yes, I wanted to learn how to play the bass, but I also wanted to work on songs that my band was doing. I didn't want a "canned" series of lessons...Jake listened and off we went. Jake is personable and knowledgeable...what gift to me as a learner! My cat liked him, too!"
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Melissa
"I can't say enough about Dan- He is patient, knowledgeable and fun!
Dan is a musical wonder! His bass technique is flawless in any genre, and he is calm
and patient, with a great sense of humor. He can also teach music theory and improv. If you want to really understand what you are doing, and love it, make Dan your teacher and mentor.....you will be glad you did!"
Truckee, CA teacher:
Review by Nick
"Easy going guy, totally prepared for lesson when I arrived. Had printouts and a folder for me ready to take home for practicing. He was understanding of
my changing schedule and happy to move our lesson around to accommodate.
Super encouraging, I would recommend him to anyone just starting to learn an instrument or maybe having trouble getting past a technique issue. Gave me gentle reminders to correct technique issues early, which is invaluable. Unfortunately, due to a job change, I can't take lessons anymore, but when I come back I will be taking them from Brian again."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Joe Adams
"Being new to the upright bass and playing music in general, I needed an instructor who is patient and able to simplify the material. Brian did both! He
is an amazing teacher that is very patient and has a teaching style that makes learning easy and stright forward."