Collin Dennen
Philadelphia, PA
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Collin Dennen

Collin D.

Philadelphia, PA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Beginning students will learn note-reading, right and left hand independence, and basic chords through learning teacher and student-chosen repertoire. Intermediate students will learn to play melody in one hand and harmony in the other as well as more advanced rhythmic and theoretical concepts.

About Collin D.

My name is Collin. I have been teaching private lessons since 2013 and have helped young students learn to read music and to sing and play simultaneously. I have also taught accomplished musicians to play electric bass, my primary instrument.
I earned my Bachelor of Music degree in Professional Music with a concentrate in Music Education and Performance at Berklee College of Music in 2014. I currently play in rock bands Ellen Siberian Tiger and Mother Moses, and in the Bachelor Boys wedding band.
I have had experience playing a wide variety of styles of music including rock, folk, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, jazz, funk, blues, and R&B. I teach beginner to intermediate guitar, drums, and piano, and all levels of electric bass playing.

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Xinyuan Y.
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Patient and knowledgeable.

Posted Oct 10, 2018
Madelynn R.
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Collin is patient, kind, and very knowledgeable. Maddy had a huge smile on her face after her first lesson, and can’t wait for the next one. Thank you, Collin!

Posted Apr 4, 2018
Da'Me H.
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Our first lesson was better than i expected. Very friendly and easy-going. Knowledgeable on the theory and skilled in his execution in a way that makes it easy and fun to learn.

Posted Feb 25, 2018
Geoff
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I am a public school music teacher and Collin has been giving my 5 yo son piano lessons for about 6 months. I am very impressed with Collin's patience with a very active 5 yo boy. He instructs him in music "theory" as it relates to the piano, while also developing appropriate beginner skills. He gears his lessons to what my son wants to do at the time and Collin is very good at finding teachable moments.

Collin is a well-trained musician and has had instruction in music education and its theories and practices. He is very punctual and interacts with my son in a very friendly manner. I give Collin my full recommendation!

Posted Feb 13, 2018
Owen
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Collin was prompt and seemed to really know how to introduce the piano to our 5 year old son.

Posted Aug 15, 2017
Dash
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My son said, "he lets me be me and I'm totally excited to take leasons"

Posted Jul 13, 2017
Jamie
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I just had my first lesson with Collin for piano; he was friendly, engaging, knowledgeable, and patient.

Posted Jan 10, 2017
Henry
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Collin helped me with piano theory very much. He was very involved and awnsered my questions well. He knew what he was teaching and it was apparent he has a large background of knowledge in his subject field. Very good teacher. Would recommend to a friend or anyone looking for quality music lessons.

Posted Dec 22, 2016
michelle
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Collin was actually an employee of my music studio before he moved to Philadelphia. He is an extremely knowledgable and talented bass player, well versed in all aspects of contemporary music including blues and especially jazz. He is also a consummate music theory instructor and is able to teach voice, piano, guitar, and trombone very capably. With his calm, gentle demeanor, Collin is able to put any student of any age at ease and help them to do their musical best! He is well organized and tailors an individual program for every student, being sure to include their musical interests, and then helping them to expand their musical world, I highly recommend him as a teacher!

Posted Dec 13, 2016
Kimble Eli
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Collin has help me immensely by teaching me to be a more confident singer and has helped me in many different genres, traversing from both musical theater to punk music. He's even began give me dual singing/guitar lessons and I'd say he's tremendous at teaching both. He has a very-laid back and friendly demeanor and he's very flexible about his hours too which has made it easier if something needs to be pushed back or moved. I would definitely recommend Collin if you're looking for a singing or guitar teacher or both!

Posted Dec 13, 2016
Adam S.
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Collin is a fantastic musician who has helped me with learning the bass. I had no idea where to begin but after signing up for lessons with him, I quickly realized he was a great fit for me and my goals. Collin's musical experience and overall enthusiastic demeanor make him a great teacher and I can't wait for more lessons. Highly recommended!!

Posted Nov 26, 2016
Catherine
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Collin is an amazing teacher! I started taking lessons with him on the electric bass - I was a beginner on the instrument, but I had lots of previous musical knowledge. Collin was incredibly patient with me from the get go, and had a lot of insight as to what tunes would be good for me to start with and what exercises and scales would suit my specific level of learning. He was patient and kind with me, and went at exactly the pace that I needed him to. Whenever I was struggling with a scale or bass line, he would immediately notice, slow down, and show me note for note what I was supposed to play. Conversely, whenever I was learning quickly and with ease, he would react accordingly and speed up the information a bit or move on to more difficult tasks. Collin a very skilled musician himself which makes it all the more inspiring to take lessons from him. He makes every lesson fun and informative. After each lesson, I felt pumped to practice and play during the week between our lessons. Collin is an incredible guy and a wonderful instructor - highly recommended!!!

Posted Jun 8, 2016

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Experience

Bassist
Sep 2019 - Present

Bachelor Boys

Private Instructor
Mar 2016 - Present

Philly Music Lessons

I teach private lessons for bass, guitar, drums, piano, and voice for all ages.

Bassist
Sep 2014 - Present

Mother Moses

Bass/Synth
Sep 2014 - Present

Ellen Siberian Tiger

Bass player
Oct 2016 - Nov 2018

Audra Mclaughlin Band

Plays bass for Audra Lynn Mclaughlin, country singer and Top 6 Finalist on Season 6 of NBC's "The Voice".

Bass player
Sep 2014 - Oct 2017

Prithwiraj Choudhury

Music Teacher
Jan 2016 - Aug 2016

West Park Cultural Center

I taught a music class in an after-school program to students ages 14-16.

Bass player/Band leader
Aug 2010 - Jan 2015

King Tivoli

Teacher
May 2013 - Sep 2013

Uptown Music Collective

Guitar Teacher
May 2013 - Jul 2013

Michelle Triaca's Music Studio

Education

Bachelor of Music in Professional Music
Sep 2011 - Dec 2014

Berklee College of Music

Bass
Jun 2005 - Aug 2011

Uptown Music Collective

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Berklee World Tour Scholarship
Mar 2011

Berklee College of Music

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