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2020-21 Bass Teacher Directory

Robert Anderson
Email: rpabassist(at)yahoo(dot)com
Phone: (651) 216-7773
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, College/Conservatory Level, Professional
Use Suzuki Method? No
Offering Virtual Lessons? Yes
Lesson Location: Saint Paul
Rates: $70/Hour privately.  A little more at MacPhail.
About the Instructor: I am accepting new students for the 2020-2021 school year. I have been a member of Minnesota Orchestra for 46 years. I have been teaching at MacPhail for over 40 years. I formerly taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. I give the student the option of studying with me privately or going through MacPhail.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Christopher Bates
Email: chris(at)doublebates(dot)com
Phone: (612) 306-6781
Website: Http://www.doublebates.com
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, College/Conservatory Level, Professional
Use Suzuki Method? No
Offering Virtual Lessons? Inquire for more information
Lesson Location: Northwest Metro (Plymouth, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, etc.), West Metro (Edina, Minnetonka, Wayzata, etc.)
Rates: $60/Hour for advanced students out of my home. I teach Half Hour lessons at A. Kopp Music in Golden Valley for beginners and intermediate students.
About the Instructor: I am accepting new students almost all the time. I have been playing upright and electric bass professionally across all styles of music for 29 years. I studied classical bass with James Clute of the MN Orchestra and jazz and improvisation with Anthony Cox. Great Bassists have the opportunity to work in any style across the entire musical spectrum from classical to jazz to rock and beyond. Along with creating a strong technical foundation I can work with students on any style of music.
GTCYS Alumni? Yes

Greg Byers
Email: cellogreg(at)gmail(dot)com
Phone: (585) 797-5762
Website: https://www.cellogreg.com/philosophy
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, College/Conservatory Level, Professional
Use Suzuki Method? Other – A variety of techniques are used to achieve the music students goals. The learning style of the music student is always considered when making a decision as to what methodology would work best.
Offering Virtual Lessons? Yes
Lesson Location: Minneapolis
Rates: The first lesson is always free, so you can get a feel for my teaching style and I can get to know you. After that, my rate is $30/Half Hour, $40/45 Minutes and $50/Hour. I also offer discounts based on need and merit.
About the Instructor: Since Greg started playing cello at 2 1/2 he has immersed himself in many branches of music, each cumulative aspect elevating the others: performance, composition, recording, education, entrepreneurship. His debut EP Some Dark, Beautiful Morning was orchestrated jazz fusion, but his newer work finds Greg as singer/songwriter; a nuanced interplay of natural and artificial, nature and technology. The language of music is unique in that it can provide every listener with similar yet distinct messages of truth, beauty, freedom; this has motivated Greg to express his own authenticity through precise songwriting and improvisation.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Dave Carbonara
Email: davecarbonara(at)hotmail(dot)com
Website: http://www.carbonarastringstudio.com
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, College/Conservatory Level, Professional
Use Suzuki Method? Yes
Offering Virtual Lessons? Inquire for more information
Lesson Location: Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Southeast Metro (Eagan, Apple Valley, Rosemount, Cottage Grove, Hastings, etc.)
Rates: $35/Half Hour, $70/Hour
About the Instructor: M.M. From Juilliard in Bass. Member of the Louisiana Philharmonic 1992-2006.
Suzuki Level 6 Instructor.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Michael Eastwood
Email: madeline(at)stjomusic(dot)org
Phone: (651) 690-4364
Website: https://www.stjomusic.org/faculty/michael-eastwood
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate
Use Suzuki Method? No
Offering Virtual Lessons? Yes
Lesson Location: Saint Paul
Rates: $62/Hour
About the Instructor: Michael Eastwood is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he earned a Master of Music in Double Bass Performance while studying with Christopher Brown. Prior to that he studied with Rolf Erdahl at Gustavus Adolphus College where he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in double bass performance. Eastwood has enjoyed playing with the Mankato, Brevard, and Oneota Valley symphony orchestras, along with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra and the Exultate choir and chamber orchestra. He currently plays with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and freelances in the Twin Cities area.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Monica Hahn / Master’s Hands String Studio
Email: mastershandsstudio(at)gmail(dot)com
Phone: (952) 446-6888
Website: www.mastershandsstringstudio.org
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate
Use Suzuki Method? No
Offering Virtual Lessons? Yes
Lesson Location: West Metro (Edina, Minnetonka, Wayzata, etc.), Southwest Metro (Eden Prairie, Chaska, Chanhassen, Shakopee, etc.)
Rates: $36/Half Hour
About the Instructor: Monica has been teaching strings and piano in the private studio setting, as well as in the public schools, for 30 years. Master’s Hands String Studio is a casual, Covid-safe, in-home environment where the focus is on individual learning goals and enjoyment of the process of becoming a well-rounded musician. She offers a traditional style of instruction where the student understands the “why” as well as the “how” of expectations such as technique, posture and practice. Instruction includes age-appropriate attention to note-reading, theory, ear training, music history and appreciation to develop a well-rounded musician. MHSS is open on a full-time schedule, with lessons available from morning through evening every day of the week for violin, viola, cello, bass and piano. Monica holds degrees in Music Education (B.M.Ed), Strings Curriculum/Instruction (M.A.), and is also a National Board Certified Teacher in Music. Monica is a professional musician in the metro area, and is a member of the Grace Church Chapel Worship Orchestra and the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Mark Kausch
Email: mark.kausch(at)gmail(dot)com
Phone: (612) 384-7846
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, College/Conservatory Level
Use Suzuki Method? No
Offering Virtual Lessons? Inquire for more information
Lesson Location: Minneapolis, Northeast Metro (Oakdale, White Bear Lake, etc.), West Metro (Edina, Minnetonka, Wayzata, etc.), Stillwater/Hudson, East and Northeast Metro lesson take place in Lake Elmo, MN; west metro lessons take place primarily in SW Minneapolis.
Rates: $35/45 Minutes, $45/Hour
About the Instructor: Mr. Kausch is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Institute of Music where he studied string bass with Eugene Levinson and viola da gamba with various instructors including Mary Anne Ballard, Baltimore Consort and Catharina Meints, Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Bonnie Knapp
Email: knappbck(at)msn(dot)com
Phone: (195) 224-0026
Levels: Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Use Suzuki Method? No
Offering Virtual Lessons? Yes
Lesson Location: West Metro (Edina, Minnetonka, Wayzata, etc.)
Rates: $25-$30/Half Hour
About the Instructor: I am currently teaching only online until a vaccine is widely available. GTCYS alum, Interlochen Arts Academy alum, String bass as primary instrument, cello secondary. Teach orchestra in the Osseo schools (25 years in that district).
GTCYS Alumni? Yes

Andrea Noteboom
Email: anjviolin(at)aol(dot)com
Phone: (612) 968-1276
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, College/Conservatory Level, Professional
Use Suzuki Method? Yes
Offering Virtual Lessons? Yes
Lesson Location: West Metro (Edina, Minnetonka, Wayzata, etc.)
Rates: $35/Half Hour, $50/45 Minutes, $68/Hour
About the Instructor: I have a double masters degree in Suzuki and Violin Performance training. I taught at MacPhail Center for Music for 14 years. I now have a private studio in Minnetonka and teach children and adults of all ages and abilities. I offer private and group lessons and include recitals once a semester. I am accepting new students for summer and/or fall. I was in GTCYS for 6 years as a child and loved it. I would look forward to hearing your interest in lessons!
GTCYS Alumni? Yes

Paul Ousley
Email: ousley(at)stolaf(dot)edu
Phone: (612) 845-0608
Levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, College/Conservatory Level
Use Suzuki Method? No
Offering Virtual Lessons? Inquire for more information
Lesson Location: Saint Paul, Northfield/Faribault/Owatonna
Rates: Negotiable
About the Instructor: Professor of bass at St. Olaf college for over 25 years. Former students include: major competiton winners, 50 All-State players, dozens professional players in both jazz and classical music.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Sheri Peterson
Email: Sherigirl18(at)gmail(dot)com
Phone: (651) 285-1415
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Use Suzuki Method? Other – Materials and terms, not Suzuki method
Offering Virtual Lessons? Inquire for more information
Lesson Location: Northeast Metro (Oakdale, White Bear Lake, etc.), Northwest Metro (Plymouth, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, etc.)
Rates: $30/Half Hour
About the Instructor: I teach at Schmitt Music in Woodbury (Saturday) and Brooklyn Center (Wednesday-Friday). I also teach Roseville Community Ed on Monday evenings.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Doan Roessler
Email: roesslerbass(at)gmail(dot)com
Phone: (651) 785-4282
Website: http://www.doanroessler.com
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, College/Conservatory Level, Professional
Use Suzuki Method? Other – Vance Progressive Repertoire (related to Suzauki)
Offering Virtual Lessons? Yes
Lesson Location: Saint Paul, Southeast Metro (Eagan, Apple Valley, Rosemount, Cottage Grove, Hastings, etc.)
Rates: $35/Half Hour, $45/45 Minutes, $60/Hour
About the Instructor: Please contact me for availability. I’m not currently offering in-person lessons, but am teaching virtually. I work with students from very young beginners through grad students and young professionals. I am trained in the George Vance Progressive Repertoire (very similar to Suzuki – George was a student of Dr. Suzuki) and hold both the Teaching and Performing Diplomas from the International Rabbath Institute in Paris.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Irving Steinberg
Email: irving(at)planetirving(dot)com
Phone: (617) 680-4923
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, College/Conservatory Level, Professional
Use Suzuki Method? Other – George Vance Progressive Repertoire
Offering Virtual Lessons? Yes
Lesson Location: Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Northeast Metro (Oakdale, White Bear Lake, etc.), North Metro (Anoka, Blaine, Lino Lakes, etc.), Northwest Metro (Plymouth, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, etc.), West Metro (Edina, Minnetonka, Wayzata, etc.), Southwest Metro (Eden Prairie, Chaska, Chanhassen, Shakopee, etc.), South Metro (Bloomington, Burnsville, Lakeville, Farmington, Prior Lake, Savage, etc.), Southeast Metro (Eagan, Apple Valley, Rosemount, Cottage Grove, Hastings, etc.), Stillwater/Hudson, Northfield/Faribault/Owatonna, St. Cloud
Rates: $30/Half Hour, $60/Hour
About the Instructor: I have worked with young musicians all through my professional life. I have coached for GTCYS, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and New England Conservatory. I coached for 3 seasons the NEC Festival Youth Orchestra, spent 8 summers as the Teaching Assistant for the Double Bass Seminar at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and was the Double Bass Adjunct at Christopher Newport University. My Teachers include Charles Siani, Brian Marcus, Edwin Barker, George Neikrug, Todd Seeber, and Jim Orleans. I have performed with ensembles such as St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Boston Symphony and Pops, and Virginia Symphony. I have a BA in Music from University of California, Berkeley, and a MM in Music Performance from Boston University.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Michael Watson
Email: michael(at)mwatsonmusic(dot)com
Phone: (612) 245-3432
Website: https://www.mwatsonmusic.com/
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, College/Conservatory Level
Use Suzuki Method? No
Offering Virtual Lessons? Inquire for more information
Lesson Location: North Metro (Anoka, Blaine, Lino Lakes, etc.)
Rates: $25/Half Hour, $45/Hour
About the Instructor: I am accepting new students, but have limited time spots available. I teach primarily classical bass, but also teach basic jazz and electric bass skills.  Have Suzuki training and teaching experience, but not currently teach using Suzuki Method. I have students in GTCYS, MYS, and All-State Orchestra.  Currently Orchestra Director at Coon Rapids High School. Performed with Minnesota Opera Orchestra during the 2019-20 season, and have performed with Minnesota Orchestra and Minneapolis Pops Orchestra in the past.
GTCYS Alumni? No

Jason Wells
Email: jasonlwellsmusic(at)gmail(dot)com
Phone: (248) 420-7700
Levels: Young Beginner, Older Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Pre-Collegiate, College/Conservatory Level, Professional
Use Suzuki Method? No
Offering Virtual Lessons? Yes
Lesson Location: Minneapolis, Northwest Metro (Plymouth, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, etc.), West Metro (Edina, Minnetonka, Wayzata, etc.)
Rates: $38/45 Minutes, $50/Hour
About the Instructor: I went to Interlochen Arts Academy for high school, then went on to DePaul University where I studied with Rob Kassinger of the Chicago Symphony.  I currently play in the Des Moines Symphony and perform frequently with the progressive string band Barbaro. I teach bass lessons from my home in NE Minneapolis, at Roseville Area High School and at the Yinghua Academy Conservatory.  I also teach group classes at both Yinghua Academy and Wayzata High School. I strive to develop a student’s love and curiosity towards music while providing them with the tools needed to accomplish their musical goals.  I’m generally always accepting new students, so I look forward to hearing from you!
GTCYS Alumni? No

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