Travis Schilling

Travis S.

Saint Paul, MN
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Travis is an upright and electric bassist and music educator, born in northern Michigan and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He holds a BA in performance from Mcnally Smith College of music and has studied with world-renowned bassist and bass educator Joe Hubbard, as well as Anthony Cox (Joe Lavano, John Scofield), James Anton (Johnny Lang), Terry Burns and Gary Raynor (Prairie Home Companion). He is accomplished on double bass, 4 and 5 string electric bass and is known for his ability to perform in a multitude of musical styles including, but not exclusive to jazz, rock, country and musical theater.

As an educator Travis provides over 20 years of performance knowledge coupled with the experience of over 30,000 private lessons taught to create a clear cut, no nonsense approach to learning the bass guitar.

Travis currently resides in Stillwater Minnesota with his wife Andrea and son Miles where he currently performs an average of 200 shows per year as a freelance bassist in the twin cities area. Travis was on staff as a bass instructor at Mcnally Smith College of Music for 11 years and currently teaches at both Western Wyoming Community College and Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota.

About Travis S.

Travis is an upright and electric bassist and music educator, born in northern Michigan and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He holds a BA in performance from Mcnally Smith College of music and has studied with world-renowned bassist and bass educator Joe Hubbard, as well as Anthony Cox (Joe Lavano, John Scofield), James Anton (Johnny Lang), Terry Burns and Gary Raynor (Prairie Home Companion). He is accomplished on double bass, 4 and 5 string electric bass and is known for his ability to perform in a multitude of musical styles including, but not exclusive to jazz, rock, country and musical theater.

As an educator Travis provides over 20 years of performance knowledge coupled with the experience of over 30,000 private lessons taught to create a clear cut, no nonsense approach to learning the bass guitar.

Travis currently resides in Stillwater Minnesota with his wife Andrea and son Miles where he currently performs an average of 200 shows per year as a freelance bassist in the twin cities area. Travis was on staff as a bass instructor at Mcnally Smith College of Music for 11 years and currently teaches at both Western Wyoming Community College and Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota.

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Max
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My lessons with Travis always rank as a high point during my week. Whether we are reviewing old material, or learning something new, Travis makes it interesting and fun. He gives you the tools you need to practice in fundamental, and practical ways to take your playing to the next level.

Posted Apr 30, 2019
Chris
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I have never had a teacher who is so helpful and fun to practice with. Travis has taught me more than I have learned with anyone else and he has made it by far the most enjoyable structured music learning I have done in my entire life. I would highly recommend Travis no matter your skill level!

Posted Apr 4, 2019
Suzanne
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Really great teacher with a system that adapts well to anybody's needs. I already read and play other instruments, and he's really good at finding the spots where I need to improve - technique, but also playing styles of music that I don't already know much about. He's working on a set of method books that are really adaptable to so many situations - learning the fretboard, learning to read tabs or notation, learning to create your own bass lines.

Posted Mar 29, 2019
Gus
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Travis is a terrific teacher and I wouldn't be a fraction of where I'm at musically without his guidance and lessons. Couldn't be happier with the learning process and lessons I am given and the progress I see week after week.

Posted Mar 25, 2019
Phillip
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Travis is great at understanding his student's goals and needs!

Posted Mar 25, 2019
Matt
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Great instructor with extensive experience as an instructor and performer. Travis’ lessons are well thought out and provide clear, concise exercises that will improve your understanding of both the bass and music theory. I would recommend him to anyone looking to grow as a bass player, regardless of skill level or musical style.

Posted Mar 20, 2019
Dale
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Travis is a extremely talented bass player with a deep knowledge of the repertoire and a passion for what bass playing is all about.
As a teacher, he sets goals for me that are challenging but realistic, and provides the encouragement I need to follow through on those goals.
He focuses on helping me really hear what I'm playing (as opposed to what I think I hear), and to take responsibility for being an essential part of the harmonic and rhythmic foundation of an ensemble.

Posted Mar 19, 2019
Joe Barron
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Travis is the most thorough teacher I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. His approach to music theory as it is related to the bass guitar fretboard can help improve the technique of even intermediate to advanced players. Not a day goes by in my career where I don’t hear Travis’ words Echoing in my head. Wether Its executing a complicated solo lick or playing a simple blues bass line, Travis’ influence can be heard in his students playing and progression, even after just one lesson.

Posted Mar 19, 2019
Charlie
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I’ve been taking lessons with Travis on and off since 2005. I’ve leanred so much at different stages in my musical career. He continues to challenge me and allow me to grow in ways I never imagined. The best teacher I’ve had!

Posted Mar 19, 2019
Trent
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Travis has a thoughtfully designed approach to teaching that allows you to absorb any new material that he introduces in a systematic and logical fashion. He lays out his lessons clearly and shows you specifically how to work through them on your own. I have noticed dramatic changes in my playing since working with Travis and look forward to getting back into lessons (I have so many gigs right now that I don't currently have time for lessons, lol). Thanks Travis, you're the best!

Posted Mar 19, 2019
Ry
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Travis is a wonderfully thorough and methodical teacher. He'll help you fill in gaps and unlock parts of your playing you didn't know existed.

Posted Mar 19, 2019

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Experience

Adjunct Bass instructor
Sep 2018 - Present

Western Wyoming Community College

Adjunct Bass instructor
Sep 2010 - Present

Carleton College

Bass Instructor
May 2000 - Present

Music Go Round

Adjunct Bass instructor
Aug 2007 - Dec 2017

Mcnally Smith College of Music

Education

BM Music Performance Bass
Aug 2006 - Aug 2010

Mcnally Smith College of Music

Advanced Professional Musicians Course
Aug 1999 - Aug 2000

Music Tech

Professional Musicians Course
Aug 1998 - Aug 1999

Music Tech

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

List of Best Teachers
Feb 2019

Lessons.com

Avis Hinks Music Scholorship
Sep 2001

Alpena Community College

Certificate of outstanding achievement Bass Department
Aug 2000

Terry Lee Burns/Music Tech

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