Marcus Buser

Marcus B.

Los Angeles, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Focus on work shopping songs as well as learning forms, methods, and analysis of songs.

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Marcus teaches



Marcus delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
March 2010

I love playing music, and I've spent my whole life doing it. I am very passionate about sharing my love and deep knowledge of music with others.
Let's figure out how you can express your self and learn a great skill through the language of music!
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Jazz and Classical Styles on the Upright Bass. Electric Bass (rock, funk, soul, pop, etc), and guitar.

Long Version:
Marcus B. is a performing and teaching artist specializing in acoustic upright bass, electric bass, guitar, and songwriting. Growing up in a musical family, Marcus’ entire life has been intertwined with music. Marcus began performing with his father at the age of four in churches and concert halls, singing and later picking up guitar at the age of 8 and then upright bass at the age of 13. Marcus received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Jazz Bass from California Institute of the Arts. At Cal Arts Marcus had the honor of studying under world renowned jazz musicians Charlie Haden, Darek Oles, Joe LaBarbera, and Larry Koonse. He has also studied classical contrabass with Peter Rofe of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and participated in the Cal Arts orchestra under the direction of renowned contemporary violinist Mark Menzies. Marcus has had an extensive and eclectic professional performing career, performing in touring rock bands, contemporary jazz ensembles, jazz big bands, salsa bands, musical pit orchestras, and american folk and country bands. He currently performs around Los Angels in multiple bands in addition to freelance work. Marcus began teaching private lessons and ensemble coaching in 2010. He has taught ages 6-adult at schools, community centers, and music studios.

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General Music Instructor
Aug 2014 - Present
Sulpher Springs School District

General Music teacher at elementary school. 2nd-6th grade.

Music Faculty
Jul 2014 - Aug 2014
Academy of Creative Eduacation

Coach/Lead jazz ensembles of high school students for 4 week summer intensive

Music Instructor
Sep 2013 - May 2014
Cal Arts Community Arts Partnership

Taught private lessons in upright bass, guitar, and bass guitar at Plaza De La Raza In Lincoln Park.
Helped lead clinics and classes in salsa music at various high schools around LA.|
Students age 12-18

Music Faculty
Jan 2011 - Aug 2011
Dace's Rock n' More

Taught private guitar, bass, and banjo lessons as well as ensemble coaching.
Students age 6-Adult


Bachelors of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies-Jazz Bass
Sep 2011 - May 2014
California Institute of the Arts
Bachelors of Fine Arts- Jazz Studies/Jazz Bass
Sep 2011 - May 2014
California Institute of the Arts

Photos & Videos

Photo by Marcus B.

Photo by Marcus B.

Recent live music video released by The Lady, a band which I perform regularly with around Los Angeles
Photo by Marcus B.

Live performance by contemporary jazz ensemble Tuque.
Cari Stevens-Voice
Ted Tafaro- Sax
John Schwerbel- Piano
Efa Etoroma- Drum Set
Photo by Marcus B.


3 Reviews

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Mark Achuff Sep 8, 2015
Upright Bass · In home

Marcus is a great player and good listener on my questions. It's joy to collaborate with Marcus on projects.

Diana R. Sep 30, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio

I am so thankful to have found Marcus as my bass instructor; he is the exact type of teacher I was looking for. His training and love for music were evident upon first meeting him. I have learned so much in the short time I have been taking lessons. He is a very patient and passionate teacher.

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Tyler W. Jun 17, 2013
Bass Guitar ·

All around wonderful teacher

Marcus is quite the gifted teacher. By far the best I've had the pleasure to aspire under. He is very easy to understand, and doesn't overwhelm you, taking time on the little things (the most important). He creates an atmosphere that is encouraging to learn in. We all know those teachers that create a stressful environment that inhibits progressive learning, as well as frustration in yourself. Marcus is certainly the opposite. He is also quite easy to communicate with--Creating lesson plans, setting goals, etc... In summation, a professional and a friend I would recommend to anyone and everyone.

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