Hannah Fidler
Chicago, IL
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Hannah Fidler

Hannah F.

Chicago, IL
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I can help you learn how to read and notate music, even if you have never tried before! If reading chord symbols is more your style, I can help you understand chord-scale theory to make you a quick and accurate reader of lead sheets and chord-lyric sheets. I received rigorous training in jazz and classical music theory at the Jacobs School of Music and can offer a wide variety of resources to students wishing to delve into more advanced topics such as figured bass or jazz harmony, especially following the methods laid out by David Baker and George Russell.

About Hannah F.

I hold a degree in Jazz Studies from the Jacobs School of Music, where I focused especially on Afro-Cuban music, thanks to the tutelage of Latin Jazz giants Michael Spiro and Wayne Wallace! My jazz background also gave me rigorous training in music theory and history.

My performance career is highly diverse! You like folk? I’ve played with Chicago’s beloved Al Scorch and Della Mae’s guitar star, Courtney Hartman. You like hip-hop? I play and record with artists at Classick Studios, where Chance The Rapper, SZA, and No Name make albums. Indie rock? Part of what got me into bass was underground/DIY scenes—I love playing a good basement show! How about jazz? I’ve done everything from standards gigs at hotels to composing for experimental groups like The Liberation Music Collective.

I’ve also had the pleasure to play with musicians from over 20 countries. One of the most rewarding experiences of my life was being a Fellow for OneBeat, a program run through the U.S. State Department that brings together international musicians to compose, record, and tour together. I have learned so much about the power of music through my relationships with artists from all corners of the globe.

I believe in “Occam’s Razor” bass playing – finding a simple, elegant solution to the “problem” at hand, whether that “problem” is finding a good fingering for a fast-moving melody, finding a tasteful yet interesting bassline for a funk groove, or improving your right-hand speed so you can finally play that one Tool song you’ve always loved. The “Occam’s Razor” approach builds your instincts and helps you become a solid, expressive bassist that everyone wants to play with!

No matter where you are in your musical development, I can be your ally. I have experience teaching all ages and experience levels and can help you go deeper in whatever music lights you up. I can offer advice about musicianship too – how to start a band, how to rock an audition for your school’s jazz ensemble, or how to make the most of a recording session.

Bass is a physically demanding instrument, and over my career I have recovered from multiple injuries. I am committed to helping you develop healthy technique that prevents and manages injuries and adapts to your physical conditions. I try to offer compassion AND solutions to students who struggle physically with their instrument or face health challenges. I’ve been there too, and I’m here to help.


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Hannah is fantastic! She adeptly engages and teaches my two kiddos (7 and 10) and husband (40ish :)

Posted Mar 17, 2020
Huxley Charles P.
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Hannah has a rare ability to combine an incredible warmth with a wealth of exercises for improvement. The exercises were truly specifically directed toward the student. In my son’s case, he said this first lesson was also the first time he felt emotionally connected to the upright bass the same was he has in the past with piano and voice. He’s truly an emotionally connected person when it comes to music, yet he’s also a very quick thinker and Hannah could tell when he was able to hold multiple ideas at once. She also acknowledged his joy when it did come. There was a lot of technical knowledge he needed that were holes in instruction and Hannah sussed them out and somehow knew - even though the lesson was online - she knew his cues where it was time to move on or switch things up, or perhaps to add something. I cannot wait to hear the improved sound coming from my son’s right hand technique, now possessing depth and lovely tone that I knew he had in him, but knew also he needed the right instructor to draw out. We are so grateful Hannah is now in our lives in the role of a teacher and hopefully will become a mentor and another adult to look toward for balancing the discipline and enthusiasm music can bring to human beings.

Posted Mar 1, 2020
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At first I was skeptical about taking online lessons, but I love taking lessons with Hannah. I'm a classical bassist starting to learn jazz, and Hannah is providing exactly what I was hoping for in starting my jazz career. The first lesson we went over what my goals are, and she is providing me with exactly the tools that I need to progress. Every week she sends me a personalized document of what we went over in lessons, what I should focus on in the coming week, and music resources (exercises, jazz charts, etc) to utilize! She is patient, kind, knowledgeable in both technique and theory, and pushes me every lesson.

Posted Dec 6, 2019
Cara B.
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I cannot believe how much I've learned in just 3 lessons with Hannah! She is an excellent teacher, patient, encouraging, and clear. She quickly assessed what I was looking for in upright bass lessons and the lessons are exactly what I was hoping for, and more. I'm so glad to have found Hannah.

Posted Dec 5, 2019
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Posted Nov 9, 2019
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Hannah is helping me regain all that I lost fro nearly 50 years ago.

Posted Feb 26, 2019
Sean D.
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My 13 year old upright bass player absolutely loves working with Hannah. She is wonderful and I highly recommend her!

Posted Aug 20, 2018
Jo Ann
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Hannah is refreshing, extremely caring, pleasant, and prompt piano instructor to my 6 and 12 yr old granddaughters. They love singing and playing the piano under her guidance and look forward to their next lesson with her. I am thankful and recommend her as an instructor.

Posted Mar 14, 2018
Jo Ann
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Hannah is pleasant, refreshing, prompt and extremely caring instructor to my 6 and 12 yr old granddaughters. They love singing and playing the piano under her guideness and look forward to the next lesson with her. I am so thankful to her and recommend her as an instructor.

Posted Mar 14, 2018

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Feb 2015 - Present

Ad Astrum Records, LLP

Started an independent record label in support of The Liberation Music Collective's studio albums.

Dec 2014 - Present

The Liberation Music Collective

Co-created a socially-conscious jazz ensemble dedicated to performing original compositions about contemporary social issues. Produced, composed, played bass, and sang for the LMC’s two studio albums, Siglo XXI (2015) and Rebel Portraiture (2017).


Jazz Studies
Aug 2012 - May 2017

Indiana University



Limited Proficiency


2017 OneBeat Fellow
Sep 2017

U.S. State Department

ÉLU Award
Jan 2016

Citizen Jazz Magazine

Jazz Critic's Poll 2015
Dec 2015


Delegate to Cuba
Jun 2015

Indiana University


Grammy University Network
Jan 2016
GRAMMY U is a unique and fast-growing community of college students, primarily between the ages of 17 and 25, who are pursuing a career in the recording industry. GRAMMY U events and special programs touch on all aspects of the music industry, from the technology to the tracks themselves. Events are scheduled throughout the semester to give GRAMMY U members a wide variety of experiences and professional development. Because we are part of The Recording Academy, members have extraordinary access to the industry and its artists.
May 2015
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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