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Ethan P.

Silver Spring, MD

About Ethan P.

Ethan teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: September 2012
Last sign in: Within two months

Overview

Hello, my name is Ethan. I'm a professional musician living in the DC 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, Steve Turre, and Marshall Keys. 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.

Photos and Videos

"3 Floors Up"

Experience

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.

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.

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.

Secondary Lesson Jazz Improv teacher

Sep 2013 - Jun 2014
Oberlin Conservatory

I taught fundamentals of jazz improv to classical students at Oberlin

Secondary Lesson Upright Bass Teacher

Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
Oberlin Conservatory

I taught upright bass to non-conservatory 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.

Writing Associate

Sep 2013 - May 2014
Oberlin College

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

Education

Jazz Bass Performance

Sep 2010 - May 2014
Oberlin Conservatory

Languages Spoken

english

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Music Performance Degree

May 2014
Oberlin Conservatory

Awards

Phi Kappa Lambda Honorary Membership

May 2014
Oberlin Conservatory/Phi Kappa Lambda

Downbeat Outstanding Small Jazz Combo

May 2014
Downbeat Magazine

Downbeat Outstanding Soloist Award

May 2014
Downbeat magazine

Louis Armstrong Award

Jun 2010
OPRFHS

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Sep 2014
ASCAP

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.

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3 Reviews on Ethan P.

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