Darren Sacks

Darren S.

Boston, MA
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Upright Bass

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Students can expect a teacher that addresses every single aspect of learning orchestral upright bass: from proper bow technique, to left-hand formation and fingering choices, to reading musical notation, interpreting music and learning rhythm.

My goal is to help students develop a technical foundation on the bass for playing just about any kind of music that they are interested in, and to support students with practicing tips for areas in their playing where they want to improve. My specialty is symphony orchestra training, so I primarily use basic technique books by Sevcik and Simandl at the beginning, and then later as students make progress, I begin to introduce orchestral repertoire and solos written for the bass. I have been teaching since August 2016 and so far two of my student have won auditions into undergraduate music colleges to pursue music performance and music education degrees.

If you are interested in taking lessons with me, choose one of the lesson durations from the provided selection and then we can solidify lesson times that work for your schedule. I look forward to working together and helping you with the goals you are looking to achieve on the bass.
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Darren delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 11+

Teaching since:
August 2016

Hi there! My name is Darren and I look forward to helping you accomplish your goals on the upright bass. I have been teaching since August 2016, but in that time I have helped train two high school students to win auditions into music colleges to pursue music performance and music education degree programs. I have also helped electric bass guitarists transition into playing classical upright bass. I went to Boston Conservatory and graduated with my masters degree, studying with Lawrence Wolfe, associate principal bass of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and principal bass of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Currently I am a professional freelance orchestral bassist in the Boston area, and I have previously performed with several major symphony orchestras in Connecticut including the Waterbury, Wallingford, and New Britain Symphony Orchestras. Most of my students characterize me as a creative, patient, organized, friendly, and motivated teacher.

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Guest Artist
Apr 2017 - Apr 2017
The Rivers School Conservatory

Located in: Weston, MA
Description: Youth Symphony bass sectional

Substitute Double Bassist
Apr 2014 - Apr 2014
New Britain Symphony Orchestra

New Britain, CT - Adrian Sylvan, conductor

Substitute Double Bassist
May 2013 - May 2013
Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

Waterbury, CT - Leif Bjaland, conductor

Substitute Double Bassist
Jun 2012 - Jun 2012
Wallingford Symphony Orchestra

Wallingford, CT - Philip Ventre, conductor


Master of Music / Double Bass Performance
Sep 2014 - May 2016
The Boston Conservatory
Bachelor of Music / Double Bass Performance
Sep 2010 - May 2014
The Hartt School @ University of Hartford


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Boston Conservatory Scholarship
Mar 2014
The Boston Conservatory
Hartt Performing Arts Scholarship
Apr 2010
The Hartt School @ University of Hartford


American Federation of Musicians
Jul 2017

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Photos & Videos

Mozart Symphony No.35 1st Movement
Strauss "Ein Heldenleben", Rehearsal #9 section
Beethoven Symphony No.5 3rd Movement, Trio Section
Brahms Symphony No.1 1st Movement, measure 46 to "C"
Beethoven Symphony No.9 4th Movement "Recitative"
Mozart Symphony No.35 4th Movement (double bass excerpt)
Bach Cello Suite No.3 Movement 1 (double bass)  - "Prelude"
3rd Movement of Rossini's "Duo for Cello and Bass" with Alex Ullman on Cello and Darren Sacks on Bass
Photo by Darren S.
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5 Reviews

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Kalena Jun 16, 2017
Upright Bass · In home

Darren has been great to work with. He is highly motivated and passionate about teaching. I would highly recommend him.

Emily Jun 16, 2017
Upright Bass · In studio

Darren is enthusiastic and always looking for ways to "get through" to a student. He has a contagious passion.

Ms. Turner Jan 24, 2017
Upright Bass · Online

Darren has been a great instructor to my son Terrill. He's learning a lot and getting much better thanks to Darren. I wasn't sure how online sessions would work but they are going great. I'm glad I chose Darren.

Kathleen Jan 16, 2017
Upright Bass ·

Darren has been an outstanding teacher for my high school daughter preparing for her college auditions. His attention to detail has vastly improved her technique. She is playing with more confidence also. Darren is fabulous in sharing his time and talent. She has had several private lesson teachers on the past but he is definitely the best!

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Craig Aug 10, 2016
Upright Bass · In home

Great teacher, very attentive and helpful, and is passionate about teaching proper form and best practices on the upright bass. Highly recommended.

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