Ethan Philion

Ethan P.

Chicago, IL

Lesson Details



Ethan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2012

Hello, my name is Ethan. I'm a professional musician living in the Chciago area. I perform in jazz clubs, concert halls, restaurants and more on upright an electric bass.

My main performance experience is in jazz settings--I've performed with jazz artists like Rufus Reid, Gary Bartz, Chris Thile, Steve Turre, and Greg Ward. Additionally, I've received Outstanding Soloist and Outstanding Small Jazz Combo Awards from Downbeat Magazine.
While the majority of my experience is in jazz settings, I've also taught rock, pop, funk, and gospel styles to electric bassists and classical styles to upright bassists. While at Oberlin I taught bluegrass, funk, jazz, arranging, improv, and classical lessons to 18-40 year olds. My teaching approach focuses on performance--it doesn't matter what style the student is interested in.

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Rhythm Section Coach
Oct 2014 - Present
Virginia Music Adventures

I'm one of the rhythm section instructors for Virginia Music Adventures' Big Band program. I coach the band's rhythm section (bass, piano, drums, guitar) on how to play as a group, dynamics, and other fundamentals of jazz musicianship.

Private music lessons
Sep 2014 - Present
B&B Music

I teach bass, guitar, and violin through B&B Music, DC's largest music lesson company.

Bass Instructor
Sep 2014 - Present
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School

I teach group lessons on upright and electric bass to students at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School to prepare them to play in their school's Jazz Ensemble.

Secondary Lesson Jazz Improv teacher
Sep 2013 - Jun 2014
Oberlin Conservatory

I taught fundamentals of jazz improv to classical students at Oberlin

Secondary Lesson Electric Bass Teacher
Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
Oberlin Conservatory

I taught electric bass lessons to non-conservatory students at Oberlin. Lessons focused on jazz, funk, rock, and gospel depending on the student.

Secondary Lesson Upright Bass Teacher
Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
Oberlin Conservatory

I taught upright bass to non-conservatory students at Oberlin.

Writing Associate
Sep 2013 - May 2014
Oberlin College

I helped students improve their writing and worked with teachers to create writing assignments and workshops.


Masters of Music
Jul 2017 - Present
DePaul University
Jazz Bass Performance
Sep 2010 - May 2014
Oberlin Conservatory


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music Performance Degree
May 2014
Oberlin Conservatory


Competition Semifinalist
Jun 2017
International Society of Bassists
Competition Semifinalist
Jun 2015
International Society of Bassists
BCJA Resident
Apr 2015
Betty Carter Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center
Downbeat Outstanding Small Jazz Combo
May 2014
Downbeat Magazine
Phi Kappa Lambda Honorary Membership
May 2014
Oberlin Conservatory/Phi Kappa Lambda
Downbeat Outstanding Soloist Award
May 2014
Downbeat magazine
Louis Armstrong Award
Jun 2010


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Sep 2014

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

"3 Floors Up"
A band that I led performs my composition "Scurry"
Photo by Ethan P.


3 Reviews

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Erica Aug 13, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

In addition to being an amazing bass player, Ethan is a superb teacher who is always prepared with new materials for me. He's helped me learn jazz, rock, and anything else I get interested in.

Laura Aug 13, 2015
Upright Bass · In studio

Ethan has been the perfect teacher for my kids. They respect him. He gives them praise when it is well-earned, but also constructive comments, which I appreciate. He has set the expectations high and thereby motivated them to work much harder than I would have thought possible. They have improved greatly in just a few months of lessons with him. He is excellent about working on improving their technical skills (scales, making sure they can and are reading the music).Now that they have improved to the extent that they have the reward of playing pieces that sound like "real" music, they are much more enthusiastic about playing. But Ethan showed great patience early on when there wasn't as much enthusiasm. Ethan also has them playing duets with each other and he plays duets with them and jazzes up his part which they really enjoy. This also has the effect of showing them what might be possible some day if they stick with it. Administratively, Ethan always communicates with me about his schedule in advance and has been accommodating about rescheduling lessons when one of us has a conflict. Overall could not be happier and my kids will be sticking with Ethan as long as his schedule has room for us.

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Raphael G. Jul 24, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home

Mr. Ethan, phenomenal in teaching techniques, very knowledgable and a great personality. This gut has chopssssss.

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