Leo Sherman

Leo S.

New York, NY
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching electric bass for three years. I believe that positive encouragement is the most important part of learning and growing. Respect and positivity make the other parts of learning a musical instrument (practicing, listening, theory) much more fun. Regardless of age or experience, I work with students in the areas of: technique, songs and styles, and music theory. I use The Improviser’s Bass Method to get comfortable with the instrument and to quickly get to playing.

About Leo S.

Acoustic and electric bassist Leo S. has performed everything from rock and R&B to jazz and classical music at venues ranging from the House of Blues in Las Vegas to The Apollo Theater in New York City. He has played concerts and festivals around the world, appearing at Alcheringa 2014 in Guwahati, India, the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, and recently, NAMM 2015 in Annaheim, California. Leo has also performed in more intimate jazz settings like the Jazz Vespers at St. Peter’s Church with jazz pianist, James Weidman and percussionist Francisco Mela.

Leo first attended the George Washington University where he studied International Affairs and Public Health. He has experience teaching mathematics, writing, and foreign languages. In the realm of music, Leo completed his Master of Music degree at the world-famous Manhattan School of Music in 2012. He now resides in New York City where he keeps a busy schedule of performing, recording, and teaching.

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Experience

Teaching Artist
Mar 2015 - Present

Private Studio

-Teach general music studies in Brooklyn -Prepare customized lesson plans for string ensembles and general music -Translate lessons for ESL students and parents

Bass Instructor
Sep 2007 - Present

Private Studio

- Beginners to advanced, ages 10-50 - Lessons incorporate ear training, functional music theory, and improvisation - Emphasis on critical thinking by listening to music and reflecting on one’s own playing - Variety of styles of bass playing on upright and electric bass: classical, jazz, rock, and pop

Teaching Assistant, Jazz Arts Program
Sep 2010 - Sep 2011

Manhattan School of Music

- Administer and evaluate in-class ear training and theory tests - Tutor students in tonal harmony through listening exercises - Student test scores improve by 10-25% after tutoring

Mentor
Sep 2010 - Sep 2011

Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division

- Coach small jazz combo weekly and play with students in a professional setting - Emphasis on rhythm, interaction, and sound including tuning exercises and group clapping - Recordings show noticeable improvement in student playing level at the end of the semester

Languages

Russian

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

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