Evan Carley Music Lessons

Evan Carley Music Lessons

5.0 (2)

About this pro

I am a professional upright and electric bass player located in Southern New England. I have years of experience as an educator, recording artist, and performer. I am currently pursuing my degree in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. I can be found playing with a variety of bands and musicians across all genres. Carley is a member of the Boston based Wedding Band “Speechless,” the modern jazz group “Puppet Club”, and various freelance work. Some of his notable collaborator include Ed Tomassi, Dino Govoni, John McKenna, Francisco Pais, Jhony Keys, Clay Nordhill, Mark Texiera, Daniella Schatcher, and many others. I am interested in all styles of music and working with people of all ages and backgrounds! I want to help teach you how to teach yourself, how to practice, and how to grow as a musician. I can help you with everything from jazz, to rock, to classical music and beyond.

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Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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2 Reviews


  • Sarah B.

    I have three guitar lessons with Evan and he has already given me so much great stuff to work on! I had been teaching myself for about six months, but Evan has done so much more for me and shown me so many ways to improve. I am really looking forward to continuing learning from him.

  • Clay N.

    I have been studying bass with Evan for 3 months now and he has been unbelievably helpful in my studies. He has tons of information and experience to share and always gives practice materials to address my weaknesses!


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

When it comes to new students, I take the time to really get to know them and their musical goals. Music plays a different role in everyone's life and it's important to take that into consideration when teaching a student. I find out what kinds of music they are into and what they are interested in playing. I help them develop intermediate practice steps to make long term goals seem smaller and more manageable. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been a professional musician for around 7 years now. I am currently pursuing my degree in Jazz Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music.

How did you get started teaching?

My first experiences teaching were informal meetings with a friend from highschool, that was looking to learn to play jazz. We got together every week to play and I would coach him along and help him find new ways to practice and get better.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students of all ages, from 5 years old to 65+ years old.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

When looking for a teacher, do not just shop by price. What may seem like a good "value" may end up a poor use of time and direction. Look for a teacher that challenges you, has experience as a performer, and is knowledgeable about the kind of music you are looking to play. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What kind of music do you like to listen to? What do you think your goals are? What are you curious about but too afraid to ask?