Trevor Robertson

Trevor R.

Brooklyn, NY
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Upright Bass

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have seven years' professional experience teaching privately, and I specialize in Classical, Jazz, and Popular styles. I use a patient approach to accommodate each student's unique learning styles, challenges, and interests. While each student will have a personalized experience, all the necessary fundamentals will be covered, including technique, note reading, music theory, and ear training. Send me a message letting me know what your goals are. I can't wait to make music with you!
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About

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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:
2011

I am a professional bassist and teacher living in Brooklyn, NY. In 2017 I earned a Bachelors of Music with a concentration in Instrumental Music Education from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. I have experience teaching students from age 5 up through adulthood, and I have taught several students with special needs. I am proud to say that students of mine have won concerto competitions, earned first-degree ratings at solo and ensemble festivals, and have gone on to continue their study at the collegiate level.

As a bassist, I am fluent in Classical, Jazz, and Popular styles. Before moving to New York, I played with multiple orchestras and chamber groups around the Detroit area, including the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Jazz Festival Brass and Percussion Ensemble, and others. I have been fortunate to share the stage with the likes of Sean Jones, Joshua Redman, Jason Moran, as well as Leonard Slatkin.

I would love to get to know what you or your student's learning goals are! Please feel free to contact me at your convenience so we can start making great music!

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Experience

Bassist
Mar 2014 - May 2017
Dearborn Symphony Orchestra

Student Teacher
Jan 2016 - May 2016
Grosse Pointe South High School, Grosse Pointe Pierce Middle School

Conducted and co-taught grade 6-12 orchestras, grade 6 concert band.

Co-Teacher
Mar 2016 - Apr 2016
Grosse Pointe 6th Grade Honors Band

Conducted and co-taught extracurricular sixth-grade concert band class.

Double Bass Instructor
Oct 2013 - May 2014
String Project @ Wayne State University

Taught Level One (Beginner) Double Bass Class. Co-taught Level Three Double Bass Class.

Education

Bachelors of Music, Concentration in Instrumental Music Education
Aug 2012 - May 2017
Wayne State University

Languages

Spanish
Limited Proficiency

6 Reviews

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Abieyuwa G. Mar 19, 2018
Violin · In home

Trevor is an amazing instructor, he’s very patient, professional and knowledgeable / experienced. My daughter shows progress every session.

Daylan P. Feb 15, 2018
Upright Bass · Online

Very impressed with Trevor’s organization, communication, and skill. He quickly figured out my son’s skill level and pushed him to the next level. Online was so convenient, too.

Sam F. Jan 16, 2018
Cello · In home

After a month of lessons with Trevor I feel I must express my appreciation and satisfaction. Learning the cello for a beginner is not an easy task, but Teacher/instructor Trevor makes it happen with his patience, his practical approach and his professionalism with a very healthy attitude it all works. His understanding to what me as the student want is amazing. He doesn't waste time and he keeps me going ahead, and the success is actually reflecting. He has the technique for every step of the way. I am amazed how much I already accomplished in such short time, Thanks to Trevor for teaching effectively. I look forward for every lesson.

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Sam F. Nov 29, 2017
Cello · In home

Just did first lesson. Was great! Trevor is a nice, calm, understanding, professional, customizing to student's goals, no time waster, practical, good cello teacher. Looking forward for next lesson/s. Will see how it goes.

Gabriel Nov 18, 2017
Upright Bass · In studio

Allow me to start by saying that I am a violist, not a bassist. I had never so much as held a bass before in my life. However, after a few months of Trevor's patient guidance, I found myself reasonably confident not only in my ability to hold a bass but also somewhat in my ability to play it whilst doing so.

Aside from his patience, I appreciated his flexibility and approachability. Of course, I did my best to practice and attend all of our lessons, but if, for some reason, I was unable to do so, he would always work something out in a fair and rational manner. Not only did I feel comfortable asking questions, but I felt encouraged to do so. His hands-on approach of not just showing or telling but both was refreshing, as was his focus on the goals of student (me, in this particular situation). If there was a particular topic I wanted to discuss - vibrato, for instance - he would incorporate it into lesson plans piece by piece as I advanced to the necessary skill level, without losing a sense of the comprehensive "big picture." At the same time, I never felt rushed or lost during lessons or while practicing; his pacing was excellent, and there is no question that he absolutely knows the instrument well.

In summation, I learned a lot in a short period with Trevor, and strongly recommend this instructor.

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Kim Oct 10, 2017
Upright Bass · In studio

Trevor is great with giving useful and constructive feedback for all levels of skill!

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