Zach Akins

Zach A.

Anchorage, AK
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Upright Bass

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I specialize in classical upright bass. I have 8+ years of private teaching experience and am comfortable with all ages and skill levels. Want to challenge for a higher chair in your orchestra class? Easy. Need help prepping for All-State? I'm your guy. Do you have college auditions coming up? No problem. My approach promotes comfort in all positions on the fingerboard and overall healthy posture.
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Zach delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

Like a lot of people I know, I began playing bass in 6th grade orchestra. In middle school, I began to think that music was more than just a passing interest. The orchestra took the morning off from regular classes to have extra rehearsal time before a feeder school tour that afternoon. I thought it was the best day ever since I got to just play bass all day! In high school, I took every opportunity to study music I could. I joined the jazz band, took AP music theory, played the musicals, got into All-State, and joined the youth symphony. I went on to earn a BM in music education and now play and teach bass professionally.

I can be seen playing with such groups as the Anchorage Symphony, Anchorage Opera, and am a founding member of the Anchorage Bowl Chamber Orchestra. I've taught bass workshops for various ensembles in the Anchorage School District and at Birchwood String Camp. My students have been admitted to the Alaska All-State Orchestra, All- Northwest, and have received top marks at solo and ensemble festivals.

I'm so excited to work with you! Please reach out with any questions or to see if we'd be a good fit!

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Private Bass Teacher
Aug 2010 - Present
I'm my own boss!

-My students have earned top marks in solo and ensemble festivals
-My students have been admitted into the Alaska All-State and All-Northwest Orchestras
-I've taught bass workshops for various ensembles in the Anchorage School District and at Birchwood String Camp

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Freelance Bassist
Aug 2010 - Present
I'm my own boss!

-Sub for the Anchorage Symphony since 2010
-Sub for the Anchorage Opera since 2013
-Principal bassist of the Anchorage Bowl Chamber Orchestra since 2015
-Occasional gigs for the Anchorage Concert Association since 2013
-Occasional gigs for weddings, fancy parties, etc... since 2010

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BM, Music Education
May 2010 - Dec 2015
University of Alaska Anchorage


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Just taking a break from practicing, felt cute ;)

This was the poster shot for senior recital in college.

With the Anchorage Bowl Chamber Orchestra. 
Photo Credit: Catie Bartlett Photography

My cat, Clara Schumann, hanging out by the Steinway.

She likes to hang out in the studio with me. You may even see her during a lesson ;)

One more cat pic, because we're adorable. Please take lessons from me.


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