Royal Northern College of Music
The University of Manchester
Information about Thomas
I am a professional double bass player, with extensive experience performing both orchestrally and in jazz combos. I also have done lots of function work and jazz gigs on bass guitar.
I have taught double bass to beginners through to more advanced students. I also have experience coaching small ensembles and teaching jazz theory/approaches to improvisation.
In my view, the best way to learn music, and an instrument, is for the teacher to be a guide, understanding the student`s perspective; using that perspective to delve deeper into the music making. To this, I offer choices as a student progresses; once we have worked through fundamental technique students have the option to persue jazz bass, theory (counterpoint/functional harmony or jazz) composition, and/or orchestral excerpts and ettiquette. Obviously these pathways would then be tailored even more to the individual student, and different pathways can be combined.
I understand both ABRSM and Trinity exam boards, in terms of requirements at each grade.
Availability: I am available all day monday - friday.
Willing to travel: 20 miles
Tutor double bass, run ensembles, including jazz and strings for OneEducation Music.
Tutor double bass, run ensembles, including jazz and strings at Fantasia Music School.
Tutor privately for double bass, bass guitar, composition and theory.
Orchestral: BBC Philharmonic Professional Experience Scheme, Manchester Camerata Professional Experience Scheme, Manchester Concert Orchestra, Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra.
Other: Performed chamber music at the British Embassy in Moscow to the Ambassador and heads of industry; double bass/bass guitar in various jazz ensembles, including the Contemporary Arts Jazz Ensemble and Tom Barber Trio; bass guitar in MSC Big Band (function work); double bass in the SB ensemble (contemporary folk/crossover).
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