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 to achieve your greatest potential on the double bass.
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About

Darren passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Darren delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 9+

Teaching since:
August 2016

Darren is the leading private teacher for double bass lessons in Greater Boston and specializes in audition preparation for music festivals, colleges, and youth orchestra programs. You will never feel lost as to what to do during your practice sessions ever again. Let me help you to achieve your greatest potential imaginable on the double bass.

WHAT I DO ► I improve my students' playing ability by focusing on their technique, phrasing, tone, and by providing insight on the way they approach practicing.

Darren has been invited to lead bass sectionals at Ipswich High School (Massachusetts) in preparation for their honors orchestra's performance of Shostakovich Chamber Symphony, op. 110a at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Darren studied privately with world-renowned double bass musicians including Lawrence Wolfe, assistant principal bass of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Robert Black, founding member of the New York City-based contemporary ensemble, Bang On A Can.

Darren has performed in several professional orchestras across Connecticut including the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, and the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra.

Darren is an avid writer on Medium.com and publishes his own insightful articles related to practicing the double bass.

LET'S CHAT ► Contact me here on TakeLessons and let's get started!

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Experience

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

Education

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

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

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

Affiliations

International Society of Bassists
Oct 2017

The International Society of Bassists was founded by the world-renowned virtuoso Gary Karr in 1967. With nearly 3,000 members in over 40 countries, the ISB publishes a triannual magazine, Bass World, with an eclectic mix of articles about soloists, jazz and orchestral players, early music, pedagogy, international personalities and orchestras and reviews of new print music and recordings, plus monthly e-newsletters and communications.

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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.39 4th Movement (double bass excerpt) Take #1
Mozart Symphony No.40 1st Movement (double bass excerpt) Take #1
Shostakovich Symphony No.5 1st Movement (double bass excerpt) Take #1
Mahler Symphony No.1 3rd Movement (double bass solo) Take #1
"Being Told That You Need a New Instrument" - Darren Sacks
"Learn To Play Without The Rosin" - Darren Sacks
Bach Cello Suite No.1 Movement 6 "Gigue" (double bass)
Why you shouldn't play close to the bridge and use flat hair
Haydn Symphony No.31 "Hornsignal" 4th movement, variation 7
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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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