Michael Chaffin

Michael C.

Philadelphia, PA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Upright Bass is my main instrument. It's what I love and I want to share that love with anyone who wants to play the bass. The lessons are your time as a student. I am here for you and I am here to guide you on the path to success. What I think is really important is always being goal oriented. We will take what you want to do with the bass and plan how we will get there using technique exercises, solo pieces, and fun stuff you choose to learn.

About Michael C.

I am a professional freelance upright bassist in the Philadelphia Metro Area. I came to the Classical Bass when I was 17 and fell in love with it!

In my experience, I have learned that there are two very important things: Musicality and Flexibility. The music always comes first! It's what I do my best to preach to my students. That means we always need to be flexible in how we learn, trying things different ways.

I promise to always be open, flexible and musical and with your determination and drive, we will get you where you want to be with your playing!!


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Sep 2019 - Present

Allentown Symphony

Jul 2019 - Present

Reading Symphony

Sep 2018 - Present

The Philly Pops Orchestra

Bass Teacher
Jun 2017 - Present

Community Music School in Trappe, PA

Lecturer of Double Bass
Jan 2016 - Present

Ursinus College

Dec 2015 - Present

Wilmington Ballet

Apr 2015 - Present

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra

Apr 2015 - Present

Delaware Symphony Orchestra

Jan 2015 - Present

NFL Films


Master of Music
Sep 2013 - May 2015

Temple University

Bachelor of Music
Sep 2010 - May 2013

Temple University

Associate of the Arts
Sep 2008 - May 2010

Community College of Philadelphia



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Orchestral Division: Semi Finalist
Apr 2019

International Society of Bassists


American Federation of Musicians
Sep 2018
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.
International Society of Bassists
Jan 2008
The International Society of Bassists was founded by the world-renowned virtuoso Gary Karr in 1967. With nearly 3,000 members in over 40 countries, the ISB publishes a triannual magazine, Bass World, with an eclectic mix of articles about soloists, jazz and orchestral players, early music, pedagogy, international personalities and orchestras and reviews of new print music and recordings, plus monthly e-newsletters and communications.

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