Learning Bass In Boston

Learning Bass In Boston

5.0 (5)
1 employee
37 years in business

About this pro

I have been teaching double bass and bass guitar for over 30 years. In that time I have prepared middle & high school age students for age appropriate orchestras and jazz bands and have developed an easily understandable method of teaching music theory. Motivated students have joined elite student orchestras and jazz bands in the Boston and Metro West area. Students been accepted to college level music programs at New England Conservatory, Indiana U., McGill U., Berklee Coillege of Music, North Texas State U. and others This year two of his students placed one/two in the All State Jazz Band auditions and the second place finisher went on to join the All State Orchestra.

Jim teaches at both his home in Watertown and makes house calls throughout Boston and the Metrowest area.

Jim’s performance experience includes working with luminaries such as Itzhak Perlman, Joel Grey, Eartha Kitt as well as well known local semi pro orchestras and jazz, bluegrass and R&B artists.

Learn more at <www.jimguttmann.com>.

Watching my students get an understanding of how to play the bass itself and how to play music with other people. 

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Watertown, MA 02472
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5 Reviews


  • E.G., Newton, MA

    Jim combines a deep understanding of music theory and structure with the flexibility to address an individual student's specific needs and desires. In doing so, he provides the foundation for learning, exploration and a passion for music. Jim is also a warm and genuine person who really seems to care about his students. I couldn't recommend him more highly!"

  • I.C., Wayland, MA

    "Jim is the greatest. He taught our son bass for years, always keeping him interested and moving forward. Conscientious, creative, outstanding, Jim is the ideal teacher. He makes house calls too!"

  • B.N., Newton, MA

    "Jim Guttmann is a great combination of old-school and new. He cares deeply about the proper form, and he patiently stays with you until it becomes almost automatic. But he is also wonderfully flexible, and is happy to respond to the student's needs and interests. When my family surprised me with a bass for my 60th birthday, I had the great good fortune to end up with Jim as my teacher. You should be so lucky."

  • G.T. formerly of Belmont, MA

    "Jim Guttmann is the rarest of teachers who can combine an ability to teach technique, while simultaneously building the student's artistic, interpretive and expressive abilities. Jim, with his warm personality, kind and often funny manner, is an encourager, who builds student's confidence through sharing the joy of music."

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

It is important to understand the student’s learning style and interests while introducing the fundamentals of a solid technique.

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

I have been teaching students of all ages, from 7 to 70 for over 30 years.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

For elementary school students the rate for weekly lessons up to an houris $65. Lesson length depends on the student's attention span but are never less than 45 minutes.

For middle school students and above, the teaching rate for weekly lessons is $85 an hour.

All lessons can be in Watertown or at homes in the Boston and Metrowest areas. Scheduling for house calls is dependent on creating relatively efficient travel routes.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students aged seven to students of retirement age. I have worked with very talented and motivated students, students who have had a casual interest and students with developmental and cognitive issues.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A visit to the La Scala Opere House in Milan, Italy. The sound in the hall was the clearest and most transparent I have ever heard. The orchestra played beautifully and entirely in the service of the singers.

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

Hire me.

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

What do you like about the bass? Why do you want to play the bass?

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