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    Zack ZydekOffering private lessons in
    Sumner, Washington
    About MeContact Me
    Iím a double bassist who loves to listen to, analyze, study, transcribe and perform music whether it is solo, chamber or large ensembles. Iím a very patient, fun and personable person who has a great sense of humor and likes to have fun with friends and family. I have extensive knowledge, a good disposition and am also understanding of the challenges to learning new things.

    I have 5 yearís experience teaching private studio, chamber ensembles, classroom lectures and tutoring students in music theory. I received my Bachelor of Music degree from Western Washington University and earned my Master of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music where I studied with Maximillian Dimoff, Principal Bassist of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. Iíve also had the good fortune to work with and be educated by double bass pedagogues such as Jeff Bradetich (University of North Texas), Diana Gannett (University of Michigan) and Paul Ellison (Rice University) in orchestral repertoire and solo performance. I currently serve as Principal Bassist of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra and freelance in the Pacific Northwest region.

    The first lesson is free so I can take the time to get to know the student and understand what goals they hope to achieve with their instrument or music in general. I then ask the student to play (anything) to get a better understanding of where their abilities lie to mold a teaching curriculum suited to their needs. I approach teaching the double bass in a way that helps the student develop a strong understanding of music to where they are able to comprehend all different styles (Orchestral, Pop, Metal, Rock, Jazz, Folk, Reggae, Punk, etc.) through the understanding of their instrument and all of its capabilities. I teach in a relaxed and non-intimidating style, free for the student to ask questions and enjoy their time.

    I teach both electric and double bass out of my home in Sumner or at Ted Brown Music in Tacoma. I teach both hour and half hour long lessons. Rates: Double Bass ($45hr./$30half hr.), Electric Bass ($30hr./$20half hr.).