REGISTERED AND TRAINED SUZUKI TEACHERS ANNA DOAK & MEGAN LARSON
Congratulations on choosing the double bass! We have been helping students learn to play and love the bass for over 25 years. Whatever style of music you wish to pursue, whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, correct technique is the key maximizing the enjoyment you get from your musical experience. Our students range in age from 3 to 87. Some are complete beginners when they have their first lesson, but many are also returning to the instrument after a long sabbatical, or coming from another instrument such as electric bass. In addition to weekly private lessons, students have the opportunity to participate in weekly group classes and perform in 3-4 recitals per year. Nobody is too young, old, or small to learn to play the bass! Click here to see The Bass Church students on YouTube.
WHAT IS SUZUKI BASS?
Dr. Suzuki, a violinist and teacher in Japan, marveled that all children learn to speak their native language (a complex and sophisticated skill even for adults) and he began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music and called it the mother-tongue approach. He felt that the concept of inborn talent was artificial and limiting. He believed that given the right set of circumstances, anyone could learn to play music and learn to play well. Double bass is one of the newest members of the Suzuki family, and we are happy to bring the double bass to the Seattle Suzuki community! Though the double bass is the largest instrument in the string family there are fractional size instruments available that allow children as young as 3 years old to start learning the bass. Visit our rentals page to view a sizing chart.
ABOUT ANNA DOAK
Anna Doak graduated magna cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts with a B.A. in double bass performance. She is currently a member of the Northwest Sinfonietta and on faculty at the Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute. Formerly principal bassist with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Anna has also performed with the Seattle Symphony, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Astoria Music Festival, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival and on numerous recording projects. She is a founding member of the chamber ensemble Different Drummer and was awarded an Artist Support grant by the Jack Straw Foundation in 2015. Anna taught bass at Western Washington University in Bellingham before starting a family and has since focused on building her home teaching studio in Seattle. Her arrangements for double bass trio have been published and performed world wide. Click here to learn where Anna is performing next.
ABOUT MEGAN LARSON
Megan began her studies on the upright bass while attending the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music in Moscow, Idaho. While living in Moscow she became a core member of the band Zingara, and performed as a vocalist and bassist with the band for 12 years. In 2012 Megan graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a BM in composition. Her music has been performed by various ensembles including the St. Helens String Quartet, Corigliano String Quartet & Different Drummer. Megan is currentlya member of Philharmonia Northwest and collaborates regularly with other artists. She received her Suzuki teacher training from Virginia Dixon and currently teaches bass at The Bass Church in Seattle and Suzuki Strings of Redmond.
ABOUT Pablo melcher-ordonez
Pablo began his collegiate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and later completed a bachelor's degree in double-bass performance with highest honors at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in the spring of 2017. Although mainly a freelancer, Pablo has maintained positions in Bremerton Symphony, Thalia Symphony, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute Orchestra, San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, and University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra prior to his return to Seattle. In addition to training and performing within the standard symphonic repertoire, Pablo specializes in early music. He also composes and plays piano.
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