Alec Graham

Age: 23

Languages Spoken: English

School: Berklee College of Music

Instrument: Electric bass guitar and Upright bass

My whole philosophy about teaching is that the student will show you where they want to go, and my job is to teach them the skills they need to get there. I believe in teaching students the music they want to learn, while including the history of our instrument and how all music connects. I like to run lessons the same way I would my practice sessions to reinforce good habits for the student that is fun and enjoyable.  Music has the unique ability to create positive habits and life-skills that will give us the tools for success. The critical thinking, organizational and problem-solving skills that music creates are all translatable life skills that allow children to grow and develop to be the best that they can be.

I fell in love with the bass when I was 7 years old, I went on a trip with my family and my cousin brought his bass with him, I couldn’t believe that I had listened to so much music and never known about the bass! There was so much I didn’t know, and the more I discovered about the bass the more I realized the lifelong journey I had unexpectedly embarked upon. Once I hit high school, I began deepening my study of the players whom idolized and I began studying the musicians that influenced my idols. This brought me to the upright bass, where I began to develop an understanding of classical music, and jazz. Music has taken me on an incredible journey, from high school rock bands to community orchestras and small jazz bands all the way to Berklee College of Music the experiences I’ve had with music are some of the most cherished experiences I’ve had in my life, and something that I would like to share with others. I’m currently studying Bass performance and Jazz Composition to further my understanding of music and the bass.

My biggest joy in teaching is when I see my students grow and begin to cultivate a passion for the music just as I have. The bass is such a unique instrument because it is the foundation of all music, and provides everything you need to make music, it is the connecting point between rhythm, harmony, and melody, what more do you need? 

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