Bass Department Chair

Bass Department Faculty

Objective: The goal of the Bass department is for students to demonstrate a proficiency in accompanying, soloing and group performance in a variety of musical styles. The students will have a strong foundation in fundamental bass technique, classical and jazz repertoire, and jazz vocabulary. Graduates can apply their understanding of harmony, interpretation and improvisation in both small and large ensembles, which cover a broad range of musical styles and genres. They will possess knowledge of the history of bass from its classical and jazz origins to its contemporary roles. Graduates combine these elements to achieve an individual approach to their art. The students’ application of both technical and creative foundations prepares them for a professional career. 

Playing Opportunities: The School of Music offers more than 50 different large and small music ensembles, more than 35 of which have guitar in their instrumentation. These include two big bands, a 10-piece fusion ensemble,  an 11tet featuring original compositions, 15 small jazz groups performing traditional and contemporary jazz (from Miles Davis and Charles Mingus to the Yellowjackets and the Brecker Brothers), a Rock Ensemble, Neo-Soul Ensemble, Praise Ensemble, Stax Records Ensemble, Inter-disciplinary Ensemble, Chorus and Jazz Singers. Bass students are constantly needed to participate in additional School of Music concerts, musical theater productions and larger inter-arts collaboration concerts.

Location: The University of the Arts is located in the heart of downtown Philadelphia on the "Avenue of the Arts," next door to both the Academy of Music and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. There are 19 professional concert halls, jazz clubs, music clubs and theaters all within four blocks of school that present more than 80 professional concerts, recitals and music performances each week.

Equipment: The Bass department is equipped with Hartke, Gallien Kruger and Fender bass amplifiers. 

Teaching Materials: At the beginning of every school year, each Bass major receives study materials that have been created by our faculty. These cover all requirements for each year of study.

Program/Curriculum: Students take weekly one-hour private lessons with Bass faculty. Students are encouraged to pursue any musical interests they may have while maintaining a high level of focus in the curriculum. Our Bass faculty is well-versed in a variety of styles and encourages students to explore a wide range of creative possibilities.

Guest Artists/Clinicians: The following is a partial list of the bass players that have given clinics and performances at UArts: Stanley Clarke, Gerald Veasley, Jymie and Mike Merritt, Derrick Hodge, Tom Kennedy, Ranaan Meyer, Christian McBride, Adam Blackstone, Charles Fambrough, Dave Fowler, Chico Huff, Mike Boone, and Matt Parrish.