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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
•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)
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!
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.
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