I accept students into my private studio on an extremely limited basis.
I teach just a handful of students (3-4) at any given time, so that I can stay focused on their individual needs, goals, and aspirations. I accept students of any age and previous musical background (no experience necessary). Students must be enrolled in some ensemble-type program (school or extracurricular) OR have regular opportunities to perform/play in a group environment. All students must be willing to learn the bass from an orchestral, classical perspective, e.g. using the bow.
My lessons include a combination of double bass technique building, aural skills (fixed-do Solfege, sight reading and pitch cognition), and dictation/transcription.
Of students who studied with me as youth: the serious ones have been accepted and/or acknowledged by the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Hawaii Youth Symphony, Lawrence University, Interlochen Arts Academy, International Society of Bassists Youth Competition, Domaine Forget, Pacific Music Institute, Philadelphia International Music Festival, and more. Some have since entered music conservatories; others have gone on to other fields. My adult students have started music programs in their communities; performed with regional or amateur orchestras; increased their abilities and play as local freelancers; or have become teachers themselves.
All students are required to bring the following to their lessons:
- Their own instrument and accessories (bow, rosin, rock stop and/or stool)
- Sheet music, etude books, orchestra parts, etc. as assigned
- A recording device (audio-only is fine; though many students video their lessons)
- A pencil & notebook
- A pitch wheel, tuning fork, or electronic device that GENERATES pitches. (Not a visual tuner)
- A metronome of some sort
Additionally, students must have regular access to a full-length mirror in front of which they can practice.
Weekly attendance and regular practicing is mandatory. I prepare material individually for your lesson and expect you to do the same for me. By studying with me, you commit to a curriculum that I will develop especially for you.
Private Lesson Rates & Payment
The following apply for individual lessons only:
$50 for up to 45 minutes (students in Elementary School/up to grade 5 only)
$65 for up to 75 minutes (any student older than age 12 or grade 5)
$100 for 90 minutes
Payment is due on the 1st of the month.
Group Lessons: With the exceptions of (a) sectional coachings and (b) school groups, I do not teach group lessons.
Many youth orchestra organizations offer some sort of subsidy or financial aid for families under financial duress. Please contact your local youth orchestra to inquire if such a program exists there.
Music Business Advising/Music Education Consulting
If you are an entrepreneur with your own music or education project, I am available for limited consulting. I will provide a complimentary initial consultation (up to 20 minutes). Each additional meeting is $200.