Max Kraus

Max K.

Los Angeles, CA

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:

I am 24 years old, a Philadelphia, PA native now living in Los Angeles who is enjoying a career as a performer, writer, teacher, and student of music.

I have a bachelors degree in Jazz Bass Performance from Temple University and am earning my Master's at USC Thornton. I have years of experience playing and teaching other styles of music including classical, rock, Latin, blues, etc. While at Temple, I served as the music theory tutor for 2 years and worked with a blind student every week. I am a patient, encouraging teacher and enjoy finding new and creative ways to help my students succeed. Since 2010, I have taught private lessons and tutored a diverse array of students.

My promise to all students: I will pass on the love for and dedication to music that my teachers gave to me. I will always be ready to give 110% percent in my lessons and expect the same from you. Whether you want to be playing stadiums in 6 months or just want to learn your favorite songs, I will tailor lessons to fit YOUR needs and always give the type of supportive, honest feedback that I think you need.

***Lesson Details***
I like to start off by having the student tell me what kind of music s/he is interested in, what goals (if any) s/he has, and assess how I can best use my experience to help him/her to succeed. I always suggest that students practice every day, whether its for 15 minutes or 5 hours, to get the most out of every lesson.

***Studio Equipment***
Gallien Krueger "Microbass" 150 watt bass amplifier
Fender P Bass Deluxe
Juzek Upright Bass
Stereo, records, CDs and recording capabilities

***Travel Equipment***
Upright & bass guitar
JBL Bluetooth speaker/recordings
ZOOM stereo recording device
Pencils/manuscript paper

***Performance Experience***

Notable Venues: The Kimmel Center, World Café Live, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Berks County Jazz Festival, Chris’ Jazz Café, PA Convention Center (Philadelphia metro); Carnegie Hall, Somethin’ Jazz Club (NYC); Bimhuis, North Sea Jazz Club (Amsterdam); B-flat (Berlin)

Notable Artists: Bobby Watson, Joanna Pascale, Tim Warfield, Byron Lanham, Dan Monaghan, Josh Richman, Greg Kettinger , Conjunto Philadelphia, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five, Tim Janis

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Jun 2015 - Present
Puerto Rican Institute of Music

Band Member
Mar 2013 - Present
The NeW Quintet

A Philadelphia-based modern jazz group that has released two studio albums

Music Theory Tutor
Aug 2013 - May 2015
Temple University- Boyer College of Music and Dance

Tutored students for Music Theory I-IV at the Boyer College in harmonic/melodic analysis, ear training, transcribing, etc.

Camp Counselor
Jun 2009 - Aug 2013
Hopwood Day Camp

Worked with children ages 6-13 leading groups, planning activities, etc.

Assistant Principal Bass
Apr 2011 - Apr 2011
PMEA All-State Orchestra


Bachelor of Music, Jazz Bass Performance
Aug 2011 - May 2015
Temple University- Boyer College of Music and Dance


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Fingerprint Background Check
Jun 2015

Background Check Verified
Jun 2015
Pennsylvania State Police

Child Abuse Clearance
Jun 2015
Pennsylvania Department of Education


Irving Berlin Scholarship
Aug 2014
Temple University- Boyer College of Music and Dance
Diamond Research Scholarship
Mar 2014
Temple University
Jazz Ensemble Full Tuition Scholarship
Aug 2010
Settlement Music School


Broadcast Music Inc.
Dec 2014

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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Photos & Videos

Performing a duet with one of my favorite musicians, vocalist Chelsea Reed
Performing my arrangement of "A Shade of Jade" with my quintet
Performing at The Keep an Eye International Jazz Award. Bimhuis, Amsterdam, NL

Performing at the North Sea Jazz Club, Amsterdam, NL

Photo by Max K.

Photo by Max K.

An original composition off of my album, 'Singularity'
Photo by Max K.

My arrangement of the Milton Nascimento composition, "Ponta de Areia"
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4 Reviews

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Ray Sep 30, 2015
Upright Bass · In home

Max was able to step in and make an immediate difference in the quality of my daughter's bass playing. He is patient, methodical, and very encouraging. I highly recommend Max.

Peter M. Sep 2, 2015
Upright Bass · In home

After the first lesson, it's clear that Max is a great player and really attuned to helping me achieve my goals on the bass. I'm really excited to study with him!

Laura L. Jun 24, 2015
Ear Training · In studio

Max is incredibly patient, kind, and knowledgeable. When something doesn't work, he finds different ways of presenting the material. He gave me a lot of effective tools to work through things I'm not very good at. He's just a really good teacher!

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Elizabeth S. Jun 23, 2015
Ear Training · In studio

Max was really patient with me. I got frustrated when I didn't get the hang immediately but he worked through the issues with me and was very supportive. Definitely a super nice guy who knows his stuff!

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