Lessons can be geared to teach songs in any style (Blues, Classic Rock, Metal, Country, Jazz, Funk). Technique Practical Music Theory Rhythm Scales and Arpeggios
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Stephanie R. June 24, 2014
In home Verified Student
Really enjoying the lessons. Ian is cool.
KateB April 9, 2012
Ian is a very knowledgeable and patient instructor! Very helpful for a beginner student such as myself.
NvartR December 19, 2011
I love the way you explain the notes to the kids. They all have told me how much they like you and feel very comfortable with your teaching. You key into each child needs. I see great progress with Nik and Liam Kat needs more practice which she will do this week. See you Thursday.
Learn to play the Bass quickly! In no time at all you could be jamming to your favorite tunes or putting together a band with your friends. Don't waste time learning complicated and boring things that you will never use. My lessons are designed to be FUN and get you playing right away, whether you are a beginner or want to finally master that slap bass solo.
Music has been a lifelong pursuit for me. I have played many instruments over the years while performing with various groups in and out of school. Eventually I decided that music was how I wanted to make my living. Since earning my degree in Instrumental Performance/Jazz Studies from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, I have been performing and teaching professionally. I have had the pleasure of studying and working with some of the finest musicians. Each day brings new and exciting challenges to be met. I have really enjoyed the journey to this point and am looking forward to more g
reat things in the future.
My lessons are available to anyone who wants to grow musically. They can be as simple or as challenging as you like. I move at your pace and strive for every lesson to be a fun and rewarding learning experience. Whether you want to learn how to play your favorite songs or write a masterpiece of your own, I will help give you the tools to make your musical dreams come true.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music teaching room, amps, stands, effects pedals
*** Specialties *** Rock, Jazz, Funk, Blues, R&B, Latin, Country, theory, improvisation, reading, learning songs, ear training, grooving and HAVING FUN.
Bob B. March 4, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Andrew is a great teacher! He is really patient and easy going. He makes my daughter feel really comfortable during the lessons which I think is very important for a beginner. I would definitely recommend Andrew to everyone!
Sarah C. August 21, 2014
Andrew naturally has an ear and talent for music, always has. His passion for music started self taught and advanced throughout his professional career. His music range is wide spread stylistically, thus as a teacher he can focus on many different areas with each of his students. His improvisation skills are effortless both on stage and in our jam sessions. Andrew has a way of teaching that makes learning music very approachable. He is patient and well thought out about the process. Always fun to watch on stage and a joy to work with.
Jared J. August 18, 2014
Bass Guitar ·
Andrew is a fantastic teacher!
He will go at your pace and make sure he is focusing on what you really want to accomplish. not to mention he is an actual gigging musician so he plays a lot. If you want to play in a band or play with a group he has feedback on that information for you as well!
I personally don't think you could go wrong with a teacher like Andrew.
I've been teaching bass for 8 years. I tailor lesson plans to help each individual student reach his or her goals. I teach the importance of groove and locking in with a kick drum when playing in bands, and believe a good foundation in proper technique makes for the best bass players.
My name is Victoria. I'm originally from beautiful San Diego, California, and I began my musical journey at age twelve while still back west. I received private instruction on guitar from a professional guitarist who focused on technique and classical playing. About a year later, I began playing guitar and bass in groups that ranged from church ensembles to rock bands, and even spent two years playing in an orchestra. I've instructed nearly 30 students (of varying ages) on both bass and guitar while serving as a music director at two churches and serving as a student music director at Point Lo
ma Nazarene University. I also received a certification through The Contemporary Music Center, now located in Nashville. Here, I acquired further skills in live performance, studio work, and songwriting. After moving to Philadelphia to finish my Bachelor's degree at Eastern University, I began playing shows in the area. I also toured with Talain Rayne and played bass on his album "Attic Lights." I then spent a summer in Nashville, interning under hit songwriter, Kate York. After graduation, I was hired by the band Element K (under Shore Bets booking agency) to be their new lead singer and guitarist. I've been a full time professional musician in the Philadelphia area ever since. I've played shows all over the Northeast including (but not limited to) Xfinity Live, The Field House, The Tin Angel, and JC Dobbs in Philadelphia; Revel, Showboat, Ballys, and Tropicana in Atlantic city; and Seacrets in Ocean City, Maryland. I love music and the role it has played in shaping my life. I value the experiences and wisdom passed on to me by my music mentors and instructors, who not only had a meaningful impact on my music career but also immensely influenced my development as a person. I look forward to having that same positive impact on any student I instruct :)
*** Lesson Details *** I like lessons to be, first and foremost, an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. I try to create a laid back and comfortable learning environment for all my students. Music is fun, and I guarantee that there will be plenty of good times while taking lessons! Now, let me also clarify that my positive attitude and laid back demeanor are not excuses for students to be undisciplined and uncommitted. I promise to work hard toward your development as a musician to make you the best you can be, and I appreciate the same commitment from all of my students. Music should be enjoyable, but also rewarding and enriching to your life! I don’t want to sell that short!
Below is a basic rundown of what a student can expect to learn while under my instruction. I would first like to preface this information by saying that I fully recognize that every student is different; therefore, I tailor lessons to fit an individual’s needs and goals. Because of this, the priority of certain skills tends to vary from one student to another, as does the order in which this skills are taught. I also want to note that I tend to use some self-made resources (charts, explanations, etc) in addition to published books. Taking into consideration the aforementioned variables, here is the basic rundown of the material I try to cover with students, in the general order it is taught:
-Understanding of guitar parts (anatomy of the instrument) and basic terms (ie note, chord, etc). -Names of strings (E-string, B-string, etc.) and corresponding numbers for strings (1-6), and which fingers are given what numbers. -Tuning of the instrument -Basic technique (how to finger a fret board, hold guitar, hold pick, etc). -How to find notes on the fret board/chromatic -Basic rhythm concepts and counting (whole notes, quarter notes, time signatures, etc)—usually involves clapping exercise, single note playing exercises, reading rhythm charts, and learning what different note values look like. -Basic concepts of “keys” -Basic major and minor scales (especially for “warming up”) -Chords (mostly basic open chords) -Strumming -Learning songs to put concepts together For more advanced students, we will likely get into the following: -Power chords, bar chords, and complex chords beyond majors and minors. -Scales beyond basic majors and minors -Music theory (chord construction, modes, etc). -Knowledge of gear (for those guitarist who wish to branch out to electric guitar)—bass players will already have to know some of this before moving to more advanced work since they already require an amp. -How to play with other musicians and instruments (collaboration, listening, understanding each instrument’s part, etc).
[To give students a basic timeline for these skills, one can expect to be playing open chords within three months and probably their favorite songs within 6 months]
SONGWRITING TEACHING METHODS: -Review slides about basic song structure and anatomy of songs (verse, hook, etc) -lyric and vocal phrasing -finding your voice as a writer -exploring environments and conditions that foster one’s creativity for writing songs (preference for outdoors, quite secluded spaces, etc).
LIVE PERFORMANCE: -Breathing/relaxation exercises -Movement/watching footage of self -Watching footage of others -Acting/stage exercises to get out of your head and into your body -learning common problems with live performances and becoming comfortable with fast, on-the-spot trouble shooting (and how to avoid some problems before they begin). -Finding your stage voice, both in singing and speaking. -Developing your stage persona
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in the living room Equipped with guitars, bass amp, guitar amp, guitar cables, and tuner.
*** Travel Equipment *** Student should provide his or her own guitar (and amps when applicable)
*** Specialties *** I'm currently a professional musician that sings and plays guitar and bass for pop and rock music. We perform in front of thousands of people each week so I'm very comfortable giving live performance instruction as well.
Karen S. February 14, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Victoria is an excellent teacher! She is precise in her observations of my playing and the subsequent constructive critique, which has already helped me to tremendously improve the way I play each note as well as difficult chords, such as B minor (difficult for me as a beginner). She is very patient, as well as very smart and extremely personable. She helps me to define my goals at each lesson. I am thrilled to have Victoria as a teacher and I will be signing up for additional lessons with Victoria.
Edward R. December 12, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I have a lot of fun taking lessons with Victoria. She tailors each lesson to meet my interests and skill level. She was able to immediately identify the areas I need the most improvement and I have already progressed in these areas after only a few lessons.
Dennis M. December 3, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Wonderful personality, skill and insight
I just wanted to pop in and say how happy I am to be learning guitar. At 51 some may hesitate, but I promise you it's still possible. If you have a love and a want to learn, you can make it happen. Victoria has been wonderful. She's always helpful and supportive and tailors her lessons towards what direction I want to go with my music. She's always smiling and makes lessons fun, the time passes way too quick. So if you are wanting to learn an instrument, then go out there and do it. Maybe if you are lucky and in the Philadelphia area, you'll be able to get Victoria to teach you as well.
I can help teach a fast fun way to learn and groove on the bass guitar. I know how hard the struggle can be but if you put a little time into your practice it will help you get better. I will provide an easy simple way for you to be playing in no time!
I am a well prepared teacher who looks to my student's needs. I will provide teaching best suited to the students desire on what they want to become excellent at. Teaching will require meeting more then once a week. I'm a very easy to get along with person and also looks to have fun teaching. I will provide well prepared lessons for the student after the first meeting.
Grace J. June 12, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
Sam is not only a wonderful teacher but also a talented bass player. He accommodates to the student's pace, but does it in an efficient manner. He also teaches in a fun manner that makes learning the bass not too difficult. He is always well prepared with lessons and uses encouragement to push me further. Furthermore, seeing how he is passionate about the bass inspired me to also pursue the bass guitar. I highly recommend him to anyone who is seeking for bass lessons, and without a doubt he will help you learn the fundamentals and strive beyond that.
lucy L. June 12, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
Sam is a great teacher! I had a few lessons with him and could tell how passionate he is about music. He was very knowledgeable and patient. He gave me a lot of feedback on how to improve and encouraged me to keep playing. I would highly recommend him to everyone I know.
My students will learn strong musical and technical fundamentals to help them succeed in whatever they want to pursue with the instrument. I am happy to dive into whatever my students want to learn and will transcribe their favorite songs, teach music theory and reading, and set a pace that is comfortable for each individual student.
I am 23 years old, a Lansdale, PA native now living in Philadelphia who is enjoying a career as a performer, writer, teacher, and student of music. Music is my world.
I have a bachelors degree in Jazz Bass Performance from Temple University, but I have years of experience playing and teaching other styles of music including classical, rock, Latin, blues, etc. While at Temple, I served as the music theory tutor for 2 years and worked with a blind student every week. I am a patient, encouraging teacher and enjoy finding new and creative ways to help my students succeed. Since 2010, I have tau
ght private lessons and tutored a diverse array of students.
My promise to all students: I will pass on the love for and dedication to music that my teachers gave to me. I will always be ready to give 110% percent in my lessons and expect the same from you. Whether you want to be playing stadiums in 6 months or just want to learn your favorite songs, I will tailor lessons to fit YOUR needs and always give the type of supportive, honest feedback that I think you need.
***Lesson Details*** I like to start off by having the student tell me what kind of music s/he is interested in, what goals (if any) s/he has, and assess how I can best use my experience to help him/her to succeed. I always suggest that students practice every day, whether its for 15 minutes or 5 hours, to get the most out of every lesson.
***Travel Equipment*** Upright & bass guitar JBL Bluetooth speaker/recordings ZOOM stereo recording device Pencils/manuscript paper
Notable Venues: The Kimmel Center, World Café Live, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Berks County Jazz Festival, Chris’ Jazz Café, PA Convention Center (Philadelphia metro); Carnegie Hall, Somethin’ Jazz Club (NYC); Bimhuis, North Sea Jazz Club (Amsterdam); B-flat (Berlin)
Notable Artists: Bobby Watson, Joanna Pascale, Tim Warfield, Byron Lanham, Dan Monaghan, Josh Richman, Greg Kettinger , Conjunto Philadelphia, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five, Tim Janis
Laura L. June 24, 2015
Ear Training ·
Max is incredibly patient, kind, and knowledgeable. When something doesn't work, he finds different ways of presenting the material. He gave me a lot of effective tools to work through things I'm not very good at. He's just a really good teacher!
Elizabeth S. June 23, 2015
Ear Training ·
Max was really patient with me. I got frustrated when I didn't get the hang immediately but he worked through the issues with me and was very supportive. Definitely a super nice guy who knows his stuff!
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"Great person to work with to achieve your goals."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Paul
"Amazing teacher & mentor for Bass
Andrew far surpassed my highest expectations of a music teacher. He is one of the most patient & supportive teachers I'
ve experienced in any setting. Coming in, I had almost no musical background. His amazing sessions focused on a becoming a true musician, with an great ability to put everything in perspective. He leaves you with very clear & helpful assignments for at home. In class he focused on every area to get you to the next level; all in a challenging, yet supportive environment.Through his balanced teaching of theory, reading, and technique I was able to move from a complete novice to playing songs- even coming up with my own basslines in a few weeks. Seeing his skill set & experiencing his teaching, I have high-conviction he would be a huge asset to anyone looking to learn. I will certainly be back for more lessons in the future."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Tom
"Bass Lessons - The RIGHT Way
I have been taking lessons from Bjorn on and off for some time now. I had already been playing bass for years, but Bjorn pus
hed me in the direction of experiencing a whole new skill level. Focusing on technique and muscle memory training, he showed me ways how to tackle any riff or song so I could have complete confidence while playing out. I play in several cover bands and even if I think I have all of my songs down pat, I get a lesson from Bjorn just before a show and he shows me a new world of possibilities. Bjorn's expertise allows him to train almost any bassist, aspiring or seasoned. I always look forward to my upcoming lessons and highly recommend Bjorn to take your playing to the next level."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Brian
"Peter is a really knowledgeable and a good instructor."
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Review by Joseph
"Fantastic instructor and just all around awesome guy!! 5 star all the way. Top of the line instructor with years of invaluable real world gigging experien
ce. Julian can take your bass playing to the next level. Or assist with guitar playing and songwriting. Anyone of any music genre, instrument, or age can benefit from lessons with Julian. Would definitely recommend. Best bassist in SA for sure!!"
San Antonio, TX teacher:
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"Dave is excellent.
Dave is excellent. He is extremely knowledgeable and is a great instructor for any level of skill from beginner to virtuoso. I highly
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Boston, MA teacher:
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"If anyone is looking to learn how to play bass or improve their skills, check this out! Jon was my teacher for about a year and has helped me IMMENSELY!!
Not only did the learning environment feel completely comfortable and natural, Jon does an excellent job teaching and really cares about your progress. He is one of my greatest inspirations and you'll feel the same once you hear him play!"
Scranton, PA teacher:
Review by lucy
"Sam is a great teacher! I had a few lessons with him and could tell how passionate he is about music. He was very knowledgeable and patient. He gave me a
lot of feedback on how to improve and encouraged me to keep playing. I would highly recommend him to everyone I know."