Ross Garlow

Ross G.

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

Teaching since:
November 2006

I am a Philadelphia native and current Portland transplant. I play a lot in the PDX jazz scene and am also the bassist for local Portland groups Crow Daddy (@crowdaddyband) and The Renegade Gospel Band (@renegadegospelband).

Before moving to Portland I earned my Bachelor's degree in jazz performance from Temple University in 2013, I went on to earn my master's degree in Jazz Performance from Rutgers University in 2015, and then went on to have a 4 year career as a music director for large production companies and cruise lines.

After a steady 4 years of traveling and directing music programs I chose Portland as a place to finally settle and move forward with my music career. Teaching has always been a major part of who I am and what I am passionate about.

I of course teach bass both electric and upright, but am also very comfortable teaching guitar, theory, and songwriting.

Send me a message any time if you have questions about my music, career, and teaching experience.

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Music Director
Nov 2015 - Aug 2018
Celebrity Cruise Lines


Master's Degree in Music
Aug 2013 - May 2015
Rutger's University
Bachelor's in Music- finish
Aug 2011 - May 2013
Temple University
Bachelor's in Music- start
Aug 2009 - May 2011
The University of the Arts


Fluent / Native Proficiency

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4 Reviews

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Kelly Oct 22, 2018
Bass Guitar · In studio

Ross is a very talented musician with a lot of professional experience. He always strives for the best and his vast music knowledge is great for any student wanting to learn and improve their musical skills.

Clay Oct 22, 2018
Music Theory · In studio

Ross's understanding of musical theory and ability to help me grasp complicated concepts in simple ways has greatly enriched my ability to analyze, compose, and transcribe music.

Tom Oct 22, 2018
Bass Guitar · In studio

Ross totally knows his stuff. He can teach rock, jazz, blues, heck even classical bass. He has a masters degree in Jazz with a focus on the bass. His teaching style is very friendly and supportive. He has been involved in teaching the bass for years ( along with guitar, piano, etc. and knows music theory like a pro ) in addition to other music profession jobs centered on conducting, teaching and performing.

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NicoleB2 Mar 10, 2012

I am being stretched!

Ross is an innovative, passionate musician, and it is a privilege to learn from him. In our lessons, he is very friendly and professional. He has a flexible approach, and he is good at gauging strengths and weaknesses and how to progress and improve. I enjoy that I am being stretched in my technique, my music theory, etc. I always walk away from a lesson feeling that I have been challenged and have also been encouraged.

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