Lessons are catered specifically towards the interests of each student, and will include constructing a detailed lesson plan that maps out goals and helps you reach them promptly. My aim is to provide a solid foundation of technique, theory, practical application, and most importantly, fun! We can also work on improvisation, reading, walking bass, learning songs, or anything else you’d like.
I can confidently say that my biggest strength as a teacher is a high level of dedication towards the success of my students. I spend a lot of time outside of lessons preparing unique materials for each person, and always strive hard to see them improve, enjoying the process as they go along.
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The first lesson usually consists of goal setting, foundational technique exercises, and learning a new song or two. I also like to introduce more advance music theory concepts, work on tools for improvisation, and challenging the student to increase their range of the instrument.
BA: Jazz, University of California, Santa Cruz
MFA: Music Performance and Literature, Mills College
In home lessons: $80/hr
Lessons at my studio: $65/hr
In 2007 while studying music at UC Santa Cruz, a friend asked if I could give them bass lessons. I had never taught before, but was excited about the challenge. We were both elated at how productive and fun the experience was, and I've been hooked ever since!
In my 10+ years teaching I have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of students of all ages and walks of life. All are welcome!
An electric bass student came to me recently looking for help with their left hand technique. After only playing for a few months, she had already developed a case of tendonitis and was considering giving up bass alltogether. To our suprise, after just one lesson she was able to adjust her tecnique and eliminate the issue almost completely. We've since continued lessons and begun working on more advanced material, music theory, and music for her band!