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Darren S.
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Be Ready for the Orchestra with Upright Bass Lessons from a Boston Conservatory Trained Musician
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Students can expect a teacher that addresses every single aspect of learning orchestral upright bass: from honing 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 both the Essential Elements for Strings books and Suzuki Bass School series at the beginning, and then later as students make progress, I begin to introduce standard orchestral repertoire, sonatas, and concertos written for the bass. I have been teaching since August 2016 and so far I have helped students get into All-States, ensembles at the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division and Berklee College of Music, Districts/Regional festivals, youth orchestra programs, and music degree programs at colleges. I feel that the reason why my students succeed is because most of my students get the sense that I am very passionate about teaching the bass and therefore I am usually very detailed and patient in my explanations. I also use a combination of both verbal explanations and hands-on demonstrations, especially when it comes to improving mechanics and musicality. Most of my students (and parents/guardians of students) consider me to be very proficient and engaging. 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.
About Darren S.

Darren is one of the leading private teachers for double bass lessons in Greater Boston and specializes in audition preparation for music festivals, colleges, and youth orchestra programs. Darren focuses on improving his students' playing ability by focusing on their technique, phrasing, tone, and by providing insight on the way they approach practicing. In the past, Darren has performed with the Portland Symphony Orchestra (Maine), MassOpera, and is currently a substitute bassist for the Boston Lyric Opera. He is also an adjunct instructor for double bass at University of Massachusetts Boston. Darren has also performed in several professional orchestras across Connecticut including the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, and the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra. While studying with Darren, his students' achievements have included performing in the MMEA All-States Festival, getting promoted to more competitive ensembles within the New England Conservatory (NEC) Preparatory Division, participating in Berklee College of Music's "City Music" program, performing in the MMEA Northeast Senior District Festival, the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestra, Greater Bridgeport Youth Symphony (CT)), the Fine Arts program at the American Heritage School of Boca Raton (FL), and the CJMEA Elementary Honors Orchestra (NJ). Darren has been instrumental in helping his students prepare successful auditions to gain acceptance into other top music colleges such as Northwestern University. In the past, he has also recommended some of his students to double bass luthier apprenticeships. Darren has been invited to conduct double bass lectures for students majoring in music education at Longy School of Music and University of Massachusetts Boston. In the past he has also coached chamber ensembles at the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestra and the Rivers School Conservatory. Darren received his Master's degree in Double Bass Performance from Boston Conservatory, and received his Bachelor's degree in Double Bass Performance, graduating summa-cum-laude from the Hartt School. 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 received additional instruction from well-known double bassists from the Boston Symphony Orchestra including Edwin Barker, Benjamin Levy, Dennis Roy, James Orleans, Todd Seeber, and Thomas Van Dyck, double bassists from the New York Philharmonic such as Eugene Levinson and Orin O'Brien, as well as Albert Laszlo from the Juilliard School. Darren is a bass teaching artist for El Sistema Somerville, an after-school orchestra program that empowers all students to become confident, engaged learners through rigorous, daily instruction in music ensembles and also provides the Somerville community with equitable access to musical excellence. Darren has been instrumental in helping El Sistema Somerville double bass students win the Berklee Performing Arts Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music's "City Music" program. Darren is also currently on Harvard's Office For The Arts' reference list which is a compilation of instructors who teach Harvard students. The listing is considered a starting point reference to Harvard students looking for quality music instructors in the Boston area and, in some cases, are awarded stipends to study with Darren. Students majoring in music at various colleges and universities (including students studying at music programs such as Valdosta State University) also take private lessons with Darren for additional help with honing their solos, orchestral excerpts, and technique. In his spare time, Darren enjoys writing and publishing his own insightful articles on Medium on practicing the double bass.

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Darren is great. He has been teaching my daughter the upright bass for over three years (since she started). She has progressed quickly under his guidance and is now the principal bass for her orchestra,. Darren is very encouraging, and yet he also challenges his students to keep improving. Darren has taught my daughter in person at our house, but since March 2020 she has taken virtual lessons. Darren is totally comfortable in this format, so we'll likely stick with the virtual lessons for good. Overall Darren is just a great teacher. I highly recommend him!

Posted Sep 28, 2021
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I have been with Darren for something around 5 ish years and I improved beyond my dreams from when I started. With him I was able to rise orchestra levels, improve my technique drastically and even do districts! (For context I'm a freshman in high school now) Darren is my favorite bass teacher I've had and I am doing all states with him in the fall, hopefully. He's helped me with everything from auditions to grinding on orchestra pieces to starting jazz for the advanced jazz band. If you're looking for a teacher who will cater to your individual needs and listen to you and what you want to learn all the while seriously improving your bass, Darren's the one for you!

Posted Sep 14, 2021
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Darren is a fantastic instructor, adept at teaching newcomers and more experienced players alike. There is no aspect of the art of bass playing that he cannot offer assistance in strengthening. For every hurdle I have encountered, he has devised an exercise that helps me get over it. He is particularly skilled at diagnosing the reason why a particular piece, passage, technique, or sound on the instrument is not quite there and then offering the precise advice on how to get it to the next level. I could not recommend him highly enough

Posted Sep 3, 2021
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Adjunct Instructor - Applied Double Bass
Sep 2021 - Present
University of Massachusetts Boston
Located in: Boston, MA Description: Instructor for a collegiate course that consists of one-on-one double bass private lessons and an end-of-semester jury
Double Bass Teaching Artist
Oct 2018 - Present
El Sistema Somerville @ Somerville Public Schools
Located in: Somerville, MA Description: After-school music education program
Substitute Double Bassist
Mar 2018 - Present
Boston Lyric Opera
Located in: Boston, MA
Guest Chamber Coach
Feb 2018 - Present
Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestra
Located in: Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA
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
Chinese
Limited Proficiency
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Mandarin Chinese
Limited Proficiency
Thai
Limited Proficiency
Boston Conservatory Scholarship
Mar 2014
The Boston Conservatory
Hartt Performing Arts Scholarship
Apr 2010
The Hartt School @ University of Hartford
American String Teachers Association
Jun 2018
The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.
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.
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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Upright Bass
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Student's Home
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
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S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
45 minutes
$106
60 minutes
$128
90 minutes
$172
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