- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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.
- 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.+ Read More
Located in: Weston, MA
Description: Youth Symphony bass sectional
New Britain, CT - Adrian Sylvan, conductor
Waterbury, CT - Leif Bjaland, conductor
Wallingford, CT - Philip Ventre, conductor
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Darren has been great to work with. He is highly motivated and passionate about teaching. I would highly recommend him.
Darren is enthusiastic and always looking for ways to "get through" to a student. He has a contagious passion.
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.
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!+ Read More
Great teacher, very attentive and helpful, and is passionate about teaching proper form and best practices on the upright bass. Highly recommended.