Simon Willson

Simon W.

Brooklyn, NY

Lesson Details

Upright Bass

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I believe in music lessons that are tailored to the interest and capabilities of each student. You should come prepared to have fun and work hard on goals that matter to you!
I will give you the tools and input that will allow you to be the musician you want to be. Together we will design exercises that will free you from physical and mental limitations regarding the instrument. The sky is the limit!
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About

Simon delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:
March 2010

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 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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Experience

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 Teaching Assistant
Jun 2016 - Jul 2017
Jazz Lab at New England Conservatory

TA for High School students summer program at New England Conservatory in the 2016 and 2017 edition.

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.

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

Francis Judd Cooke Scholarship
Sep 2015
New England Conservatory
Fondo de la Música
Sep 2013
Fondo de la Música, Gobierno de Chile
Fondo de la Música
Sep 2012
Fondo de la Música, 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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Teaching at Milton High School

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@ Banff International Workshop w/ Esperanza Spalding

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Original Composition performed @ Jordan Hall
Performance of the band Great on Paper
w/ Jason Palmer's Band @ Wally's
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