Simon Willson

Simon W.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Advanced electric bassist. Curriculum will vary according to needs/taste of the student

About Simon W.

Hi there! My name is Simon Willson and my main gigging instrument is the double bass. I studied Jazz Bass at the New England Conservatory for my Bachelor's and Master's degree.

I have been in love with music since I was very young, and it has been the best gift I have ever received. I would like to be able to share this gift with other people, and that has been the driving force behind my teaching.

In addition to teaching, I keep a very busy performing schedule. You can find me playing at different venues in NYC several nights a week, in addition to frequent tours to Europe, South America, and the US.

I have a background in the Jazz and Classical tradition. In addition to performing, I compose and play guitar and piano. I love harmony, ear training, and theory, and feel confident teaching those subjects as well.

Some of my past teachers include bassists Ben Street, Dave Holland, Cecil McBee, and Donald Palma, pianists Ethan Iverson and Frank Carlberg, and trumpet player John McNeil.

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Jilly
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Mr. Willson is a fantastic instructor for music and guitar! His lessons are organized and he is great at answering all of my many questions. We learn at least one new song each session, so my repertoire is expanding a lot! I definitely recommend this teacher.

Posted Aug 4, 2020
Joe
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Simon is an amazing teacher! He is first of all an incredible musician and knows a ton about music. He is a really supportive teacher and has helped me progress faster on the bass than ever before. I can't recommend lessons with Simon enough!

Posted Aug 4, 2020

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Experience

Private Studio
Jan 2010 - Present

Self

Lessons for children and adults in a one-on-one or ensemble setting. Emphasis in developing a personalized curriculum for each individual student. Topics include improvisation, composition, songwriting, arranging, solfege, basic guitar, basic piano, advanced electric and upright bass.

Performer
Jan 2008 - Present

Self Employed (Sideman, Band Leader, Band Member)

I have performed a variety of musical styles in Europe, Canada, USA, and Chile. Even though most of my gigs are in the Jazz and Improvised music realm, I have done my fair share of Rock gigs.

Ensemble and Class Room Faculty
Jun 2016 - Jul 2017

Jazz Lab at New England Conservatory

Ensemble co-teacher and theory lecturer for high school students at this week-long Jazz camp in the 2016 & 2017 editions.

Performing artist, teaching fellow
Sep 2012 - May 2017

New England Conservatory's Community Performances and Partnerships

Performances and masterclasses at senior centers, schools, and homeless shelters around the Boston area.

Guitar Sessions Faculty
Aug 2016 - Sep 2016

Berklee College of Music

Ensemble assistant coach for professor Tim Miller

Teacher Assistant for Ran Blake
Sep 2012 - May 2013

New England Conservatory

TA for Development of Long Term Melodic Memory and Film Noir courses at New England Conservatory.

Education

Master of Music - Jazz Performance
Sep 2015 - May 2017

New England Conservatory

Bachelor of Music - Contemporary Improvisation
Sep 2011 - May 2015

New England Conservatory

Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music
May 2013 - Jun 2013

The Banff Centre

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Fondo de la Música
Oct 2019

Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, Gobierno de Chile

Francis Judd Cooke Scholarship
Sep 2015

New England Conservatory

Fondo de la Música
Oct 2013

Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, Gobierno de Chile

Fondo de la Música
Oct 2012

Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, Gobierno de Chile

Blow Family Scholarship
Sep 2011

New England Conservatory

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Oct 2015
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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