Trevor Murphy

Trevor M.

Concord, CA

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About

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

Teaching since:
January 2010

My name is Trevor Murphy. I am 24 years old and have been teaching music lessons for 4 years. I completed my Bachelor’s of Music – Jazz Studies from San Jose State University in 2017. I have been a member of the International Society of Bassists since 2012 and achieved my Eagle Scout Rank in 2011. I have 14 years of performance experience and specialize in Double Bass Performance and Music Theory as my main focuses. I also offer lessons in guitar, piano, trumpet, electric bass, and upright bass. I enjoy working with motivated students of all ages and backgrounds who are passionate about music and want to develop a great work ethic and sense of self-discipline, while having fun in what they do. It’s more than just music – It’s about combining what’s in your heart with what’s on the page and truly expressing the music. Additionally, I will go into detail on the secrets of overcoming fear and performance anxiety when playing for audiences. The inner game of music is about overcoming self-limiting beliefs. Become brilliant. Become fearless. Become the most confident version of yourself through music. Learn a higher level of musicianship and book with me today!

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Experience

Double Bass
Aug 2015 - Present
SJSU Symphony Orchestra

Double Bass
Aug 2015 - Present
Peninsula Symphony

Principal Double Bass
Oct 2013 - Present
DVC Philharmonic Orchestra

•Principal Double Bass – Diablo Valley College Philharmonic Orchestra

Freelance Musician
Jul 2013 - Present
TMBass

•Live performances at San Jose's Jazz Club Café Stritch and
San Francisco’s Savanna Jazz club
•Band Leader, Bassist and Composer for jazz groups “Collective Culture” and “Roarin’ Hounds Quintet”

Bassist
Oct 2012 - Present
DVCJazz

•Double Bass and Electric Bass – Diablo Valley College Jazz Ensemble (2012-present)

Education

Bachelors of Music - Jazz Studies
Aug 2015 - May 2017
San Jose State University
AA in Music
Sep 2012 - May 2015
Diablo Valley College
Music Certificate
Sep 2004 - Jul 2014
Private Instructors
Music Theory Completion - Common Practice
Sep 2012 - May 2014
Diablo Valley College
Jazz Theory and Improvisation Completed
Sep 2012 - May 2014
Diablo Valley College
High School Diploma with focus on instrumental music
Sep 2009 - May 2012
Concord High School+
Graduation - Instrumental Music
Sep 2003 - Jun 2009
Mountain View Elem. - El Dorado Middle

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Jazz
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

BM - Jazz Studies
May 2017
San Jose State University

AA - Music
May 2015
Diablo Valley College

Eagle Scout
Mar 2012
Boy Scouts of America

Awards

Bachelors of Music - Jazz Studies
May 2017
San Jose State University
Outstanding Musicianship
Mar 2010
Campana Jazz Festival

Affiliations

International Society of Bassists
Jan 2010

The International Society of Bassists was founded by the world-renowned virtuoso Gary Karr in 1967. With nearly 3,000 members in over 40 countries, the ISB publishes a triannual magazine, Bass World, with an eclectic mix of articles about soloists, jazz and orchestral players, early music, pedagogy, international personalities and orchestras and reviews of new print music and recordings, plus monthly e-newsletters and communications.

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Boy Scouts of America
Jan 2005

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

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Scott Dec 26, 2017
Upright Bass · In studio

I was looking for an upright bass teacher and found Trevor on Takelessons.
After we got through the maze of takelessons website ( a real issue that needs to be resolved. How can you know if a teacher is right for you without communicating with them Takelessons?) we were able to discuss what my interests and goals were. Trevor understood I was new to double bass, but had some experience on electric bass and was able to put together a lesson plan that helped me progress rapidly while still keeping the lessons interesting and fun.
I asked Trevor to help me with bowing, classical and Jazz improv. Each lesson contained time for each and I was sent home with practice pieces on each of the disciplines. My zeal for learning "everything" may have been a bit unrealistic, but Trevor made sure to spend time with me on each area and worked on correcting anything he saw come up that was not correct form.
Trevor has an easy going style, but shows a great love for music.

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