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Aleksandra
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Aleksandra
« Cole is a very talented and experienced musician as well as really kind, positive and reliable person. I recommend him as a diligent, commited and very passionate teacher to all interested in exploring music in many varied ways! »
£40/h
1st lesson free!
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Response Time 24h
Lessons offered by Cole
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Music reading
  • Bass guitar
  • Double bass
Levels
  • All Levels

Internationally Renowned Double Bassist Welcoming Students of All Skill Levels and Abilities

Methodology

I believe that enjoyment of the music must always come first, but can be greatly aided by a strong technical foundation. Before taking on a new student I like to understand what they are looking to develop in our lessons so that we may find a good balance between study and play while working towards their goals.

I am comfortable teaching improvised as well as prepared music and have extensive experience coaching both students and professionals in multiple genres.

A typical 1 hour lesson would consist of:
- a brief mental and physical warm up
- 10-15 minutes of scales and technical exercises
- 30-40 minutes of assigned solo & ensemble pieces
- 10-15 minutes of pieces/technical concepts selected by the student or improvisational exercises performed together with me to establish and develop ensemble skills

I recommend that all of my students join a community orchestra/ensemble/band if they are not already involved with some form of group performance on a semi-regular basis.

*Due to the ongoing pandemic caused by Covid-19 I am currently only offering online lessons (via Zoom) and will be reviewing the possibility of reinstating 1:1 lessons moving in to Fall/Winter 2020 as restrictions associated with the pandemic ease.

Experience

I am a professional Classical Double Bassist from Canada, with additional experience in Jazz, Rock, Metal, and self-produced experimental music.

I have significant 1:1 and group teaching experience in Canada & the UK, ranging from beginner to Post-Graduate level at all age ranges, and I have been a regular faculty member at the Banff Center for the Arts in Banff Canada for their annual Youth Orchestra Symposium.

After coming to the UK to pursue postgraduate studies I was the Teaching Assistant to Professor Rinat Ibragimov from 2018-2020 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and have since branched out into private practice while pursuing a career as an orchestral player in the UK.

Rates

Transportation Fee : £6
Rate for online lessons : £35/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £180
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £300

Details

I offer 30 minute lessons to Beginner level or younger students at a rate of £25 / half hour, and as the student progresses we can move to 45 minute lessons at a rate of £30 when they are ready.

Lessons offered by Cole
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Music reading
  • Bass guitar
  • Double bass
Levels
  • All Levels

Cole's CV

Performance Experience:
Britten-Pears YAP Orchestra (Antonio Pappano, Conductor) 2020
*Cancelled due to COVID-19*
Moritzburg Festival (Jan Vogler, Artistic Director) 2019
Double Bass Co-Leader
London Symphony Orchestra: On Track (Simon Rattle, Music Director) 2019
Double Bass Co-Leader
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (Eric Paetkau, Conductor) 2015-2018
Per Service Member (tenure)
Timepoint Ensemble (Mathew James, Artistic Director) 2016-2018
Solo Double Bass
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (Rune Bergmann, Conductor) 2016-2018
Regular Extra musician
Red Deer Symphony (Claude Lapalme, Conductor) 2014-2018
Regular Extra musician
Regina Symphony Orchestra (Gordon Gerrard, Conductor) 2014-2016
Per Service Member (tenure), Acting Assistant Principal 2015-2016
Alberta Wind Symphony (Gareth Jones, Conductor) 2013-2018
Principal Bass
Calgary Civic Symphony (Rolf Bertsch, Conductor) 2011-2018
Section Bass/Regular Extra musician
Orford Music (Wonny Song, Artistic Director) 2017
Studied under Joel Quarrington & Donald Palma
National Youth Orchestra of Canada (Michael Francis, Conductor) 2015
Rotating Section/Assistant Principal/Principal Bass
National Academy Orchestra (Boris Brott, Conductor) 2013 & 2014
Rotating Section/Assistant Principal Bass

Education:
Master of Performance (MPerf) Guildhall School of Music & Drama 2019-2020
Master of Music (MMus) Guildhall School of Music & Drama 2018-2019
Bachelor of Music (BMus) University of Calgary 2012-2016

Awards/Achievements:
•WNO Principal Double Bass Audition Finalist (2020)
•RPO Principal Double Bass Audition Finalist (2020)
•BBC NOW Assistant Principal Double Bass Audition Finalist (2020)
•Guildhall Artists Junior Fellowship 2020/21
•Guildhall Scholar 2018/19 & 2019/20
•Hertz trio prize (2014) & Calgary Pro Musica Chamber Music Prize (2015)
•Featured performer in the Calgary Kiwanis Festival of the Stars (2014)

2 reviews on Cole
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2 recommendations

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Aleksandra

Cole is a very talented and experienced musician as well as really kind, positive and reliable person. I recommend him as a diligent, commited and very passionate teacher to all interested in exploring music in many varied ways!

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Alicja

I’ve known Cole for several years and he’s always been an extremely reliable and a truly inspiring musician. I am sure he is also a wonderful teacher, full of passion, keen on passing his knowledge to students and also vey friendly professional.
Highly recommended!

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