Jeffrey Smith

Jeffrey S.

Chicago, IL
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Jeffrey delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:
June 2010

My name is Jeff and I have been a bass player for over 20 years. I have professional experience on bass guitar and have played, performed, and recorded with many bands and musicians since the mid 1990's. I currently perform throughout the Chicago area in bands and in musical theatre pits as well. I am fluent in all styles of music including rock, jazz, soul, R&B, metal, and classical. I also play double bass and have a Bachelor in Music degree. Your success as a growing musician is important to me so I am sure to incorporate a firm understanding of music theory and fundamentals into playing the bass. I am extremely versatile and have a relaxed, outgoing personality that allows me to be a successful teacher. Whether you want to learn how to play your favorite song, or you want to learn how to read music and understand music theory, I can help you grow into the musician you want to become.

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Bass Instructor
Apr 2017 - Present
School of Rock

Private Bass instruction to students aged 8-18

Private Bass Instruction
Jan 2010 - Present

I offer bass instruction on electric as well as double bass. My method of teaching has evolved to a level that I offer specific lessons based on the students abilities and goals

Music Tutor
Jun 2013 - May 2015
Northeastern Illinois University

University Music Tutor. I help all students of all levels achieve maximum results in their study of music.


Music Performance
Jan 2012 - Dec 2017
Northeastern Illinois University
Bass Performance
Sep 2011 - Jul 2012
Berklee College of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Bachelor of Music Performance
Dec 2017
Northeastern Illinois University

Graduated Cumma Sum Laude. 3.95 GPA. Studied Bass Performance under Greg Sarchet of the Chicago Lyric Opera

Bass Performance
Feb 2013
Berklee College of Music

Successfully completed an electric bass performance course through the Berklee College of Music online extension school.


Best Production Musical
Jun 2017
Jeff Awards

Photos & Videos

Performance of a transcription I did of the song “Lisa’s Theme” by the band Big Sir
Performance of a transcription I did of Muzz Skillings bass solo from the Living Colour song “Ology”
Performance of a transcription I did of one of my favorite Frank Zappa melodies
Photo by Jeffrey S.

Photo by Jeffrey S.

Photo by Jeffrey S.

Photo by Jeffrey S.

Photo by Jeffrey S.

Photo by Jeffrey S.
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4 Reviews

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Edwin May 22, 2019
Bass Guitar · In studio

I’m not usually one to write reviews but Jeff is such a great teacher. He really helped to develop my playing to where now I consider myself a confident bassist. His style of teaching not only helped me to be a better bassist, but also helped me internalize musical concepts that will help me for the rest of my life. I strongly recommend Jeff if you are looking for someone to really take you to the next level!

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Jeremy May 21, 2019
Bass Guitar · In studio

Jeff Was a godsend with our 9 year old son. We felt Jeff really knew what Jabob needed to get him interested in learning to correct way to play, while also having FUN. As a pick up, know nothing guitar player myself I was really impressed with Jeff’s attitude and dedication to music and fostering the learning of music. 10/10 THANKS Jeff!

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Natalie May 21, 2019
Bass Guitar · In home

Jeff is a great teacher. Jeff made the lessons super fun and meaningful for my son. He has a unique way of teaching that really helps anyone in any level understand. I highly recommend Jeff!

Willie N. Oct 10, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio

Very good. I'm very excited to continue.

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