Instrument: Electric Bass, Guitar, Piano
Genres: Rock, Jazz, Blues
Why I work well with kids?
My lessons are a process of getting to know oneself better through their instrument and own playing, and honing this skill in order to make a student realize the importance of his/her own musical expression. I take this aspect of growth very seriously, however I am laid back when it comes to a students rate of learning. As long as you are learning something new and having fun, I have accomplished my goal. For guitar and bass I combine my own methods of teaching in tandem with books from Hal Leonard. For beginner piano I teach out of the Teaching Little Fingers to Play series. I teach everything from reading music and lead sheets to improvising and grooving over different styles (blues, jazz, rock) and am happy to help a student learn any specific type of style/song they wish to cover. If you are a total beginner, I have plenty of experience. After a couple months (depending on age) you can expect to know how to be much more technically apt at your instrument, read music at an intermediate level, play some of your favorite songs/styles, and improvise if one wishes to do so. Overall I cover many different important aspects of music with my students, all depending on their skill level, age, and interests. However, making music fun is truly my main goal.
TJ's Bio and Resume
Location of Birth: Italy
I received my bachelor’s degree in jazz studies and minored in music technology at George Mason University. I have taught privately for 5 years and group lessons for 2. I teach bass and guitar, all levels and ages as well as beginning and intermediate piano.
“In all the years I’ve been playing bass I’ve never seen the techniques that TJ uses on bass… I ain’t no TJ Turqman.” – Glenn Dewey, Principal Marine Bassist and GMU Bass Instructor “ [TJ has an] Amazing mind that puts out amazing bass and guitar work” -Jim Carroll, director of Jazz Studies at GMU Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, Minor in Music Technology. George Mason University, May 2010. Student of GMU Jazz Faculty Glenn Dewey, Jim Carroll and Wade Beach Have taught privately for five years; Conducted group lessons for two years -TJ Turqman has been on the gigging and teaching scene for years in the Washington DC area, averaging gigs 2-3 times a week. -He plays in a variety of gigging bands, with genres ranging from jazz, avant garde, fusion, rock, funk, and reggae. -Performed/Performs at many jazz gigs in combos with Jim Carroll, the GMU jazz band, and formal recitals. -TJ has played some major venues that include the State Theater, the 9:30 Club, Jammin’ Java Rock, and Roll Hotel. -Some examples of TJ’s performances can be found on the “Poor Man’s Lobster State Theater DVD” and also has footage on Youtube.com playing many different performances. – TJ also composes, arranges and records his own music/existing material in many different musical settings which include avant garde drums and bass, progressive rock (playing guitar, bass, drums, and vocals), jazz, funk, and classical. – Has experience working with the recording program ProTools, Garage Band – Has taught bass and guitar privately for four years; students ranging from children to senior citizens of various skill levels. – TJ has taught group lessons with bass, guitar, and beginning piano for about a year and works well with children.
Most Influential Musicians/Bands: A lot, but to name a few, Victor Wooten, Christian McBride as far a bass players. Guitar players would have to be Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Eric Krasno.
Favorite Movie(s): Spider Man, the Sphere, I guess sci-fi movies… I don’t really watch too much TV or go to the movies.
Places Traveled: Was born in Italy, then lived in Spain until I was 7. Lived in Williamsburg, and then when I was 12 moved up to Northern Virginia.
How would your friends describe you?: A caring honestly person who is serious about their work and passionate about music.
Hobbies: besides music, reading, watching youtube videos of favorite artists, going to shows
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