Guitar; acoustic and electric
8 to adult
Bachelor's in Music from Northwestern College (now University of Northwestern)
Master's in Music from University of Minnesota
Studied guitar privately under Jeffrey Van and Alan Johnston
Studied bass privately with Anthony Cox, Dennis Irwin and Robert Anderson (Minnesota Orchestra)
30 minute, weekly private lessons
electric bass guitar
double bass (jazz, bluegrass)
double bass (classical)
Words to describe my teaching style
In contrast to other instruments, guitar/bass instruction is often limited to teaching students unrelated licks, a few chords, and little or no technique to help students achieve musicality and real satisfaction in their music making. Jeff’s broad base in both the classical tradition and modern improvisation-based music gives him the unique ability to offer his students a deeper understanding of their instrument.
Lessons are progressive and age-appropriate, starting at simple concepts and moving on to more challenging music and techniques. He uses great musical examples from the popular and classical repertoire to teach concepts so that students have fun while learning and often expand their musical horizons. He has spent over half his life studying the guitar and bass (with over 25 years at K&S), and wants to teach students as much as he can about these rewarding instruments.
In his spare time, Jeff likes to take in orchestra concerts, kayak and enjoy his family and dog, Hector.