- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- September 2012
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.
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.
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.
I teach bass, guitar, and violin through B&B Music, DC's largest music lesson company.
I taught fundamentals of jazz improv to classical students at Oberlin
I taught upright bass to non-conservatory students at Oberlin.
I taught electric bass lessons to non-conservatory students at Oberlin. Lessons focused on jazz, funk, rock, and gospel depending on the student.
I helped students improve their writing and worked with teachers to create writing assignments and workshops.
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.
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.
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.+ Read More
Mr. Ethan, phenomenal in teaching techniques, very knowledgable and a great personality. This gut has chopssssss.