Classical music-focused, fun and relaxed environment, experienced teacher with top conservatory background
Jessica moved to the Chevy Chase/Bethesda area in 2009, having grown up and gone to school in New York and Ohio. She loves the area, and she and her husband are thrilled to be putting down roots in the community. As a performer, Jessica has traveled around the world, but throughout her career teaching has been one of her most important focuses. "As a relative newcomer to the DC area, growing my private studio has been a great way to get involved in the community. My teaching style is individualized, but I always try to include two important things: building a strong basic skill set, and developing creativity."
*** Lesson Details *** Whether your goal is to make it into All-State, give a solo recital, play tunes at family gatherings, or just try something new for the very first time, I will help you succeed and have a good time along
In my view, the most interesting thing about performing music is that it is one of the few activities that engages both the left and the right brain at the same time. With that in mind, my teaching places equal importance on developing strong technique, and developing creativity. Students learn all the basics of music, and also spend time developing strong ensemble skills and strong background knowledge of style and repertoire, so that they can enjoy music in all kinds of settings, all their lives.
Knowing from experience how "boring" it can be to learn by rote, I combine technical work with fun time playing duets together, improvising, and exploring a wide variety of styles and genres of music. After all, there is no experience so motivating as hearing a new piece that you HAVE to learn to play yourself!
*** Studio Equipment *** lessons in either living room or upstairs office; Steinway baby grand piano in living room;
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect piano students to have daily access to either a piano or a keyboard with 88 full-sized, weighted keys. Bass or cello students must have their own bass or cello.
I had a great first lesson with Jessica. The lesson took place in a comfortable studio in her house. We discussed my goals and then reviewed where I am currently. She paid carefully attention to my body position with the bow and had several great suggestions on exercises to improve it. I'm already looking forward to the next lesson.
January 12, 2016
Jessica is very nice!
February 5, 2012
I really enjoy taking piano lessons with Jessica. It had been 40 years since I took lessons (as a teenager). Jessica's manner as well as her knowledge and love of music is just what I was hoping to find in a teacher. Her ability to explain musical concepts and her thoughtful approach to teaching has far surpassed my expectations. She gives great constructive feedback and ensures that you understand what she is saying. She is very positive and patient. I thoroughly enjoy my lessons with her and recommend her strongly.
I am a professional studio player with a Doctorate in Music, and have played on hundreds of blockbuster movies including the Oscars and Grammys. I work with many orchestras and can teach you how to get work as a bassist. Also can teach jazz...
About Dr. Norman
Norman is a prominent studio double bassist and a leading scholar in the study of orchestration and film composition. He is an instructor in the UCLA Film Scoring Program, the Musicians Union Local 47, and the Cornel School of Contemporary Music. He has been a member of the Florida Orchestra in St. Petersburg and the Natal Philharmonic in Durban, South Africa.
His recent credits include: Zootopia, Jurassic World, Inside Out, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super-8, John Carter, and Priest.
Norman has worked as a double bass player on over 200 motion pictures, including work with artists Michael Giacchino, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Thomas Newman, Danny Elfman, Chris Young, Jeremy Lubbock, Charlie Haden, Barbara Streisand, Roger Kellaway, James Newton Howard, and David Foster (Norman's IMDB link).
Norman’s compositions and arrangeme
nts have been performed by a variety of groups worldwide, including recent performances by the Seattle Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Colburn School Orchestra de Camera, the Peninsula Symphony, and the California State University at Long Beach. He has been awarded the ASCAP Composers Plus Award for the last four years.
Norman has written eight books on orchestration including “Orchestration, A New Approach-Volume One’ and “Volume Three- Film Music”.
He has presented seminars at the BMI Headquarters, The Society of Composers and Lyricists in New York, the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, Northeastern University in Boston, University of Maryland, Howard University, Ron Jones’ Academy of Recording Arts, New York City Ravel Study Group, Seattle Composer’s Alliance, China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Beijing Normal University, Nanjing University of the Arts, Rangsit University in Bangkok Thailand, and at Ho Chi Minh Conservatory in Vietnam.
I just finished a series of online upright bass lessons with Dr. Norman. It's wonderful to have a lesson without toting the bass around town. Dr. Norman is impressive in skill and knowledge. There was nothing musically he didn't know, couldn't explain, or demonstrate on the bass. He has a keyboard at hand to play chords or emphasize a particular key, and he is proficient on that too. Dr. Norman is A++.
January 14, 2016
Dr. Norman is a great teacher. He works well with my 14 year old son. I would highly recommend him.
October 14, 2015
Tomas loved his first lesson with Dr. Norman. Dr. Norman provides a structured environment, something Tomas needs to thrive.
I am one of San Diego's top call jazz bassists, and strive to give my students the best possible instruction so that they can achieve their musical goals.
Hello! My name is Sean H, and I am very passionate about helping my students accomplish their musical goals. I have been teaching for over six years and also have extensive experience as a performer. I have received several musical awards, including the prestigious Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and have a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University.
As a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, and bandleader, I have experience in many different aspects of music that I pass along to my students. I give lessons on upright and electric bass, guitar, piano, saxophone, and clarinet. In addition to this, I offer songwriting, ear training, and music theory lessons.
Sean was really on the spot with us. I am a beginning strings instructor, and my son didn't want to take lessons from anyone but me. Not only did Sean win me over with his pedagogy, but he won my son over as well.
I have played upright bass for 17 years and am classically trained. My teachings will assist you in working on orchestral repertoire, solo pieces and any other musical interest you would like to learn about. Students of mine have gone on to advance to audition-only groups.
Hello there! I'm Rachel C., a bass player and singer on the stage who also enjoys playing and teaching all stringed instruments. I have a degree from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) in Music Education. I've taught lessons for over 10 years and truly love working with eager students of all ages. It's never too early or too late to pick up an instrument and make music! I look forward to working with you!
With or without a bow, upright bass students that study with me can learn a variety of styles (classical, jazz, bluegrass, etc.). Lessons include focus on intonation, dexterity, and rhythmic independence with special attention to having a comfortable approach to the instrument. Students will always have tangible representations of their work through recordings and personalized musical guides.
Hello! My name is Daniel and I have been playing and teaching guitar and bass (electric and upright) in all styles for over 15 years. I even have a Masters Degree and a Bachelors (double degree) in music to show for it. My students have the benefit of highly customized lessons based on their interests and goals.
As a teacher, I have been delighted to see my students find success and joy in music as a number of my students have won awards through school and extracurricular groups
Daniel covered all the basics of playing the double bass very clearly and extended the lesson a little to allow me to work on a couple of songs,
March 28, 2019
Daniel is a great teacher! He is very thorough and has taken the time to understand my son's musical interests. He is also very patient and explains skills in a very relatable way. My son has learned so much from Daniel and enjoys every lesson.
January 23, 2019
Daniel is a very skilled bassist , lessons are going well . I really like him . Looking forward to our next lesson .
My students can expect a loving, supportive, and encouraging atmosphere to learn a difficult instrument. We will go through the basics of hand shapes, learn how to navigate the neck with scales, and tunes that make the upright bass approachable.
I specialize in upright bass, jazz bass, funk bass, bass technique, and rhythm. I will inspire a positive attitude and good practice habits that will help any student succeed. I’ve extensively studied jazz, latin jazz, funk, rock music, hip hop, bluegrass, folk, and composition.
I can also teach guitar, piano, drums, and voice. As a mulit-instrumentalist, jamming with my students is a priority. Being able to play with other musicians is one of the best feelings you’ll ever experience. I’m happy to take you there!
Recently, I helped one of my bass players get a scholarship to go to Berklee Summer Camp to study music.
I am very excited to continue my teaching on TakeLessons. I look forward to helping new students to become the musician of their dreams.
I've been playing professionally in Chicago for five years where I play up
right for a classical chamber pop group called the Nine Worlds Ensemble and for a jazz group with Frank Catalano, a popular Chicago sax-man. I co-managed, played upright bass, and sang for an ambient-folk band, Sedgewick, based in Chicago. I've played upright bass in the Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin (drummer for Smashing Pumpkins) super group and Bowmanville.
I am currently dreaming up my own jazz-inspired project called the ohm trio. Working on my debut record under my solo name ohm. Be on the look out!
Oliver is a wonderful teacher. This is my daughter's second guitar teacher and what a difference from the first. He is enthusiastic, talented, patient and a lovely person. All qualities that truly make him the best instructor. She is learning quickly and really looks forward to her guitar lessons each week. So happy that we found him!
October 8, 2018
Would recommend! Oliver tailors classes to your level and goals. He is patient and gets excited about songs that you want to play.
My name is Jerry. I LOVE music and passing my knowledge on to others. I have played many different instruments in many different kinds of bands. It all one major thing in common, it was FUN! If you are not having fun while learning an instrument you won't want to learn. Lessons can be fun AND educational at the same time. I have had many parents tell me I'm one of the best teachers they have ever seen. (A couple of them were public school teachers themselves). I truly want my students to succeed and I will do everything in my power to help them accomplish that!
My name is Jerry. I LOVE music and passing my knowledge on to others. I have played many different instruments in many different kinds of bands/groups. They all had one major thing in common, it was FUN! If you are not enjoying learning an instrument you won't want to learn. Lessons can be fun AND educational at the same time. I have had many parents tell me I'm one of the best teachers they have ever seen. (A couple of them were public school teachers themselves). I truly want my students to succeed and I will do everything in my power to help them accomplish that!
Jerry is a wonderful instructor. I wasn’t sure how online lessons would go but they have been seamless and fun and my son is making progress with the bugle. I would highly recommend this format and this teacher. The convenience and quality of instruction are excellent. We are signing up for more lessons and may move on to another instrument once my son feels confident on the bugle.
August 27, 2019
April 11, 2019
Jerry is knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I’m looking forward to our series.
If you want to improve your technique, repertoire, preparing for audiction or just like to begin to study Double Bass I can help you
Felix is founder of Latinoamerican Double Bass Academy with over 20 years of teaching experience he is responsible for some of the most highly awarded and widely recognized double bass players in Venezuela such as Edicson Ruiz who is the younger ever member of the Berlin Philarmonic.
"Super intelligent guy, very patient and easy to work with."
"Alex is the best music teacher ever!!!
Alex is an excellent teacher. He is great with kids and their parents. He is very patient and makes learning the b
ass fun. Alex provides feedback to the students and their parents which is helpful in the learning process. Our experience with Alex has been wonderful and we would recommend him to others."
"You could not possibly be disappointed/displeased with the instruction from Edna."
"Awesome Instructor! He is fantastic working with my son. He is extremely knowledgeable and has immense patience working with you people! Highly recommend!"
"Mr. Garcia was extreamely knowledgable in his approach to technique. A wonderful quatlity that stood out about Mr. Garcia inside and outside of the studio
is his humility, which creates a safe, fun and enjoyable learning environment. He is directive yet encouraging when it comes to striving towards the standards of excellence he belives his students are capable of achieving."
"My daughter loved her lesson and can't wait until next week"
"David is patient and each lesson is interesting and engaging. As an adult learner with a busy schedule, David helps me stay on track toward my goals."
"Mr. Fox has been an amazing teacher! Just one lesson in, and he taught me more in 30 minutes than I learned in 3 months of playing upright bass at school!
He has a way of teaching that is quick, in-depth, and efficient without feeling rushed or confusing. I would definitely recommend him to anybody who is looking at learning how to play the upright bass.
"Marcelo is a great teacher, very attentive and at the same time very strategic. He knows how to push the students to learn. The lessons are aways fun, rel
evant and well organized. Marcelo plays many instruments himself, so your lessons will not be just you playing solo, but full on jam sessions."