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About Thomas W.

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Allentown, PA

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I can help beginning students on the bass learn the basics.

About Thomas
Thomas J. W. is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over fifteen years experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. His directing career has included small rural band programs, small metro programs, large high-achieving suburban programs, and non-profit youth bands. In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a cappella groups. Thomas taught over 600 online and local private music lessons in 2016.

Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a teaching certificate in the states of Pennsylvania
and New Jersey and has taught at the secondary level in both states. In addition to both instrumental and choral ensembles at Penn State, Thomas was a student leader in the Penn State Blue Band and a member of the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994. He served as an Associate Director of the Warren Junior Military Band of Youngstown, Ohio from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a visual staff member for the renowned North Penn Marching Knights of Lansdale, PA for one season in 2004.

He is a current adjudicator with Drum Corps International and Cavalcade of Bands. He is a member of MENC, PMEA, NJMEA, ASCAP, CASA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. He appeared in the Marquis Who's Who Among American Educators in 2004 and 2005, an honor rarely bestowed upon teachers, as students who appear in the Who's Who Among American High School Students must nominate them. He currently is a music teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts of the PA Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA and resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and two sons.

Thomas will happily work with students on the autism spectrum or students with ADD.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including SmartMusic, Noteflight, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.

I am capable of starting a beginner student on any band instrument including percussion, any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and piano. I can begin a student on drum set and work with them through their first method book, but I would then recommend they find a specialized drum set teacher after a period of six to twelve months.

For advanced students, I work from selected conservatory etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions.

My lessons are a half-hour once a week, with the option of working for 45 minutes or 60 minutes.

*** Specialties ***
music, band, orchestra, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, piano, Percussion
classical, jazz improvisation
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Cindy July 1, 2019
· Audition Prep · Online
Thomas is honestly an amazing musician and teacher. He was really patient with me. Despite having to deal with major timezone differences (as I live in Myanmar), he took the time to figure it out. Also, he helped me figure out the stuff it took me months to figure out. He also really knows what he's doing. I learned so much in that hour of practice. 10/10 would recommend him.
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Brian May 26, 2019
· Cello · Online
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Lorraine Anne April 28, 2019
· Classical Voice · Online
Fabulous! What a great teacher! And SO KNOWLEDGEABLE about all kinds of music! THANKS! looking forward to all my lessons!
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About Nicholas C.

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Garden City, MI

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I aim to instill a love of music and of the instrument through both student guided song selections from popular genres and movie/video game soundtracks, as well as the pedagogy and technical exercises that are required to play the double bass. I complement this with various etudes and repertoire from both the classical and jazz idioms to create a bassist that not only knows how to groove, but has a solid command of the bass.

About Nicholas
Detroit native, Nicholas C. K., demonstrated an innate musical talent from a young age. His command of piano, guitar, trumpet and bass progressed to studies at both Columbia University in Chicago and Wayne State University in Detroit. Since age 16 Nic has toured the country sharing the stage with acclaimed rock acts such as; Tesla, Bret Michaels, 3 Doors Down and many others. He is currently endorsed by Warwick Basses.

Nicholas been a musician in some form or another for as long as he can remember. His musical journey started when he was only six, with a delve into the realm of classical piano. While there he studied under world class child prodigy Josh Cullen. The composers that he studied include Bach, Beethoven, Barton, Hayden and many others.

From here he progressed to playing jazz trumpet, studying the Jamey Aebersold method un
der Paul Finkbeiner, the lead trumpet player for the Paul Keller Ensemble.

Then at the age of 11, with the help of his grandfather he discovered the guitar. He learned quickly on his old SR guitar. He quickly discovered that he had a natural taste for blues phrasing, and his soloing abilities quickly blossomed. 2 years later, he had formed his first band, Spherical. It was through this band that he found the bass.

His journey into the realm of bass, began out of necessity and progressed into love of the bottom end. Since then, he has been collecting basses, playing, living and breathing bass. He now realizes the importance of a funky beat, a subtle line and most important of all A Tight Groove!!!

The benefit of studying under someone with a vast array of both talent and experience is clear.

*** Lesson Details ***
During his musical career Nicholas has played almost every style of music; from folk to experimental from jazz to rock. One thread holds true through all music, it has to groove.
During the course of a lesson he will cover a broad range of topics starting from the basics, and moving into ear training, sight-reading, theoretical knowledge and most important for bass players, groove. Just as every player has their own musical personality and voice, so to does every lesson that Nicholas gives.
In a supportive, patient environment, every lesson is custom tailored to the student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home: lessons in dedicated music room with piano and stereo, guitars/basses, cables/amps

*** Specialties ***
Jazz Studies major at Wayne State University. Has a firm understanding of music across both the classical and jazz idioms spanning multiple instruments.
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Eugenia W. July 19, 2019
· Piano · In studio
He is professional and patient yet he meets you where you are. I had played piano many years ago and he quickly assessed where I am today and asked what I wanted to accomplish at this point. He showed me things that I was never taught all those years ago. He is kind and so easy to work with. Can't say enough about him. Wasn't sure if I could play again after so many years. I have had hand surgery and can't wait to continue my lessons. He showed me that I can. Great for this old lady, I mean elderly person.
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Pete Verdi May 5, 2019
· Trumpet · Online
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Isaak O. April 16, 2019
· Trumpet · In studio
Nicholas’s has Great energy and patient instruction for my son’s very first lesson. He was all smiles and excited to learn more!
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About Dr. Norman L.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I am a professional studio player with a Doctorate in Music, and have played on hundreds of blockbuster movies including the Oscars and Grammys. I work with many orchestras and can teach you how to get work as a bassist. Also can teach jazz...

About Dr. Norman
Dr. Norman Ludwin is a prominent studio double bassist and a leading scholar in the study of orchestration and film composition. He is an instructor in the UCLA Film Scoring Program, the Musicians Union Local 47, and the Cornel School of Contemporary Music. He has been a member of the Florida Orchestra in St. Petersburg and the Natal Philharmonic in Durban, South Africa.

His recent credits include: Zootopia, Jurassic World, Inside Out, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super-8, John Carter, and Priest.

Norman has worked as a double bass player on over 200 motion pictures, including work with artists Michael Giacchino, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Thomas Newman, Danny Elfman, Chris Young, Jeremy Lubbock, Charlie Haden, Barbara Streisand, Roger Kellaway, James Newton Howard, and David Foster (Norman's IMDB link).

Norman’s compositions an
d arrangements have been performed by a variety of groups worldwide, including recent performances by the Seattle Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Colburn School Orchestra de Camera, the Peninsula Symphony, and the California State University at Long Beach. He has been awarded the ASCAP Composers Plus Award for the last four years.

Dr. Ludwin has written eight books on orchestration including “Orchestration, A New Approach-Volume One’ and “Volume Three- Film Music”.

He has presented seminars at the BMI Headquarters, The Society of Composers and Lyricists in New York, the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, Northeastern University in Boston, University of Maryland, Howard University, Ron Jones’ Academy of Recording Arts, New York City Ravel Study Group, Seattle Composer’s Alliance, China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Beijing Normal University, Nanjing University of the Arts, Rangsit University in Bangkok Thailand, and at Ho Chi Minh Conservatory in Vietnam.
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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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About Jeffrey S.

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Chicago, IL

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I am available to teach beginner and intermediate level players on double bass. I am currently working towards a bachelors in music with a focus on music performance. Double Bass is my primary instrument. I'm able to teach jazz and classical as well as the various forms of technique needed to play double bass properly.

About Jeffrey
My name is Jeff and I have been a bass player for over 20 years. I have professional experience on bass guitar and have played, performed, and recorded with many bands and musicians since the mid 1990's. I currently perform throughout the Chicago area in bands and in musical theatre pits as well. I am fluent in all styles of music including rock, jazz, soul, R&B, metal, and classical. I also play double bass and have a Bachelor in Music degree. Your success as a growing musician is important to me so I am sure to incorporate a firm understanding of music theory and fundamentals into playing the bass. I am extremely versatile and have a relaxed, outgoing personality that allows me to be a successful teacher. Whether you want to learn how to play your favorite song, or you want to learn how to read music and understand music theory, I can h
elp you grow into the musician you want to become.
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Edwin May 22, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In studio
I’m not usually one to write reviews but Jeff is such a great teacher. He really helped to develop my playing to where now I consider myself a confident bassist. His style of teaching not only helped me to be a better bassist, but also helped me internalize musical concepts that will help me for the rest of my life. I strongly recommend Jeff if you are looking for someone to really take you to the next level!
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Jeremy May 21, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Jeff Was a godsend with our 9 year old son. We felt Jeff really knew what Jabob needed to get him interested in learning to correct way to play, while also having FUN. As a pick up, know nothing guitar player myself I was really impressed with Jeff’s attitude and dedication to music and fostering the learning of music. 10/10 THANKS Jeff!
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Natalie May 21, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In home
Jeff is a great teacher. Jeff made the lessons super fun and meaningful for my son. He has a unique way of teaching that really helps anyone in any level understand. I highly recommend Jeff!
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About David L.

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Austin, TX
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I specialize in playing the upright bass, and I have a great time teaching it. I enjoy giving the student perspective on the instrument, explaining the entire double bass and the intricate methods I've used to master it, from Simandl to Rabbath.

I studied upright bass at two Midwest Universities, Northern Kentucky University and University of Cincinnati CCM. I have been playing the bass professionally in ensembles for years. I have experience playing jazz, blues, bluegrass, rock, folk, musical theatre and classical music.

About David
My name is David and I'm a professional musician who just moved to North Austin. I came from Cincinnati, where I went to the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, taught dozens of students at all levels and played regular gigs every weekend. I have been teaching for over fifteen years, and I'm looking to get a few new students.
I teach guitar, piano, bass guitar and even upright bass. If it's a tutor you are looking for I can also teach music theory and appreciation. I have a knack for teaching young people, probably because I was young when I started my musical journey. I've been very successful at inspiring a student's love of music and instilling the patience required to take on the challenge of playing an instrument.
The first thing I like to do is get to know you, the music you enjoy and your goals. In a way, I l
ike to begin by letting the student lead.
In addition to learning from you, I intend to present you with new information, to try and broaden your musical tastes and teach you how to be an active listener.
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Colin July 4, 2019
· Composition · In studio
Quickly contextualized my needs as a student, and got me familiar with components and techniques of composition. The goal was to be able to help me more easily communicate ideas and designs to audio engineers at a company I work at. There has been a very observable benefit to this in the expedience of discussions, and fidelity of concept being engineered.
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Sophie T. May 24, 2019
· Piano · In home
David is very kind and sweet to my kid. He has so much patient. He makes the class fun, entertain and way beyond expectation.
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Luka January 7, 2019
· Upright Bass · Online
David was great. We just need to figure out why the connection was so fuzzy so we can communicate a little better.
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About Matthew F.

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Nashville, TN
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Want to learn how to play the upright as well as the electric bass! I can gladly assist with both! I love each instrument equally and would be more than willing to teach you the ways around the upright bass.

About Matthew
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My name is Matthew and I am a student at Belmont University studying everything that has to do with Bass. I am 20 years old and have extensive experience teaching people of all ages both music and sports! I am very relaxed and understand the desire to learn songs and things you enjoy hearing on the radio over scales and arpeggios. Through what you enjoy listening to and playing we can incorporate everything else, such as scales and arpeggios, to help you gain an understanding for the reason music sounds the way it does and how the bass influences that! Look forward to hearing from you all and helping you become the best bass player that you can be!
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Syd September 14, 2018
· Upright Bass · In home
Matthew is very dedicated to his craft and an excellent instructor.
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Ryan June 18, 2018
· Upright Bass · In home
I’ve been taking lessons with Matthew for the past six months and he is a very knowledgeable instructor and all around good guy. 10/10 would recommend.
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John June 6, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Matt's a great teacher, musician and person all around. I've played guitar for years now but I always leave feeling like I've learned something useful and its never a dull time! I feel much more confident in my ability to pluck a bass and would recommend him to anyone at any level of playing ability.
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About Mitchell P.

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Students can expect to learn Classical and Jazz fundamentals.

About Mitchell
I am 48 years old and I’ve been playing the bass since 9 years of age. I started performing professionally at age 14. I play the String Bass as well as Electric Bass and have performed with several Symphony Orchestras as well as bands. I am currently a resident artist at the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Club in New Orleans LA. I tour regularly with several bands and have performed in about 20 countries around the world.
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Mitchell P.

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About Madison F.

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Rockville, MD

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My number one priority is for you to have a great time playing upright bass. That means developing strong technique that makes playing easier, learning how to make practice fun and effective, and exploring the music that interests you most. I’ve been playing and loving bass for 20 years and am currently studying music education at the University of Maryland.

About Madison
I started playing bass through my school orchestra program at age 9, and I’ve adored classical music ever since. That’s my main focus, but I also dabble in rock, jazz, blues, and bluegrass, sometimes on other instruments (electric bass, guitar, violin, and cello). I was self-taught for many years, so I know how hard it is to make progress and how easily bad habits develop when you don’t have guidance. That’s why my methods are designed to make you into your own best teacher. I won’t just tell you what to do – I’ll train you to observe your own playing and use effective practice methods to overcome the challenges you encounter. So, even if you have to stop taking lessons, you will never have to stop learning. The better you get, the more fun you’ll have, and the more you’ll want to play!
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Madison F.

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About Armeen G.

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Rochester, NY

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I have nearly a decade of experience teaching students of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds! In my lessons I want to help my students reach their musical goals, and will do so in a positive, educational, and fun environment. We will focus on developing technique, pitch and rhythm skills, and most importantly on playing music that you enjoy!

About Armeen
My name is Armeen, and I am a professional double bassist, teacher, and music arranger. I graduated from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY with my Master's of Music in Double Bass Performance. I have taught students from elementary, middle school, high schools, and colleges, in settings ranging from orchestras, to marching bands, to rock bands, and more! I am confident that no matter what your goals are, we can work together to help you reach them.

My students can expect to improve week to week in their technique and musicality. I have experience working with all levels of bass students, from beginners picking up a bow for the first time all the way to double bass music majors at the collegiate level. No matter who I am working with, I want my students to be able to read music, understand the principles of pitch and rhythm, a
nd be able to use their skills to create the music they enjoy playing!

All lessons are flexible and are tailored to each student's needs, abilities, and goals. Every student is unique and I want to collaborate with my students to find a method of learning that works for them.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Crystal S. June 19, 2019
· Upright Bass · In studio
Armeen is an awesome teacher! He was patient and helpful, and helped my son prepare for an audition. Thanks!
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About Joel P.

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With over 15 years professional teaching experience in both private and orchestral settings, I can help you achieve your goals in a fun and encouraging environment. No matter if you're a beginner looking to fulfill a life-long dream or an advancing student studying the depths of upper-level string repertoire, I bring experience, expertise and differentiated instruction to our lesson, tailored to your needs.

"Joel's teaching style is a perfect match for both of my sons. He is a gifted professional and teacher who is knowledgeable and patient."
- L. M. (Morrisonville, NY)

As a performer, I have had the opportunity to record and produce five albums, most recently a family anthology of eighty-six tunes spanning five generations of my family's music. I have had the opportunity to tour with the band ​Jacks and Heroes as well as performing at the Great American Irish Festival in Utica, NY with my past band, Inisheer. One of my most memorable experiences was performing at a small ...

About Joel
With over 15 years professional teaching experience in both private and orchestral settings, I can help you achieve your goals in a fun and encouraging environment. No matter if you're a beginner looking to fulfill a life-long dream or an advancing student studying the depths of upper-level string repertoire, I bring experience, expertise and differentiated instruction to our lesson, tailored to your needs.

"Joel's teaching style is a perfect match for both of my sons. He is a gifted professional and teacher who is knowledgeable and patient."
- L. M. (Morrisonville, NY)

As a performer, I have had the opportunity to record and produce five albums, most recently a family anthology of eighty-six tunes spanning five generations of my family's music. I have had the opportunity to tour with the band ​Jacks and Heroes as well as performi
ng at the Great American Irish Festival in Utica, NY with my past band, Inisheer. One of my most memorable experiences was performing at a small chapel worship service that (then president) George W. Bush, his wife Laura and United States Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas attended.

I currently teach high school orchestra and instrumental techniques. In the past, I have taught high school music theory and composition, American Folk Music History, and Elementary General Music/Elementary Strings.

Areas of concentration:

Classical Violin
Viola
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Double Bass

As a 5th generation fiddler, I specialize in bluegrass, celtic, and traditional styles of fiddling

Extensive background in sound engineering studies, technology in music, music theory, and aural skills.
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Joel P.

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