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I went to Sarah Lawrence College from 1983 to 1987 and studied early music, chamber improvisation and composition. I also attended Berklee School of Music from 1983 to 1984, and studied bass performance, ear training and arranging. My teachers have included Rick Laird (bass), Meyer Kupferman (composition, improvisation and theory), Karl Berger (improvisation), Michael Manring (bass), Adam Nitti (bass) and Chris Tarry (Bass). I was a guitar and bass instructor at School of Rock NYC from 2008 to 2009, and also a volunteer bass instructor at Gerald Veasley's Bass Boot Camp. I am currently an instructor at Come Join The Band which is an after school program that pairs pro musicians with kids to write original music .
I have taught private bass, guitar and ear training/harmony lessons since 1980.
My Performance Experience includes:
Blue Man Group….Chapman Stick, bass guitar and talking drum from 1991 to present including performing on the Jay Leno Show in 1994; ongoing gigs as sideman and leader (bass, guitar, stick and voice) in NYC from 1981 to present
Tom S. Trio on fretless guitar - NY
Fretless Guitar Festival, 2006
Solo bass CD
Brillliant Coroners CD
Otis Ball and The Chains - I'm Gonna Love You Till I Don't;
Dumptruck For The Country CD
Music Learning (Theory)
Music Technology (MIDI and Digital Recording)
*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back, but focused instructor. I use a variety of methods to best improve my students strengths and lessen their weaknesses. After three to six months , most students will be comfortable playing in rhythm and understanding basic harmony.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the music room, upright bass, guitar, electric bass, amps, computer with recording equipment, protools, logic
*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring a bass or guitar. They must have an instrument and some form of amplifier.
*** Specialties ***