I teach out of my apartment in Oak Park, IL. I have plenty of room for the student’s bass as well as mine. Parent’s are welcome to stay if they wish – some do, some don’t and either way is fine with me. I have 16 years of teaching experience and am certified to teach public school in New York State and Illinois. I am primarily a classical player but I do have jazz experience and can teach jazz bass fundamentals as well as electric bass. I am currently a German bow player but played French style for 12 years.
I offer 30 minute ($40), 45 minute ($60), or 1 hour lessons ($80). I recommend that new students begin with a 45 minute lesson and we can evaluate the student’s needs from there. Please pay in cash at the time of the lesson. If you need to cancel please give at least 24 hours notice. I also reserve the right to discontinue lessons if the student is repeatedly unprepared / not practicing.
If you need to rent an instrument, rent from Classic Contrabass.
I use the following texts that students will need to purchase if they continue studying. You can purchase them from anywhere you’d like – the links are provided as a convenience. I begin with these WHICH YOU SHOULD PURCHASE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE: “Practical Studies for the Double Bass” by Thomas Gale New Method for the Double Bass, Book 1 by Simandl Also please purchase the Musicians Practice Planner. The above 3 will definitely be used and you will probably be asked to purchase the Sevcik below. Sevcik School of Bowing Op. 2….There are many editions of this available. Only buy the Neil Tarlton edition.
Additional texts may be required such as: Melodic Foundation Studies by Thomas Gale Etude books such as Slama and Hrabe. Scale Studies by Schwabe / Zimmerman. A Contemporary Concept of Bowing by Frederick Zimmerman. Excerpt / Orchestral Study books by Zimmerman. Other solos.
Electric bassists do not need to bring an amplifier.
If you don’t live in the area I am also available for lessons via Skype or iChat with your first lesson being only $60 per hour.
Email ‘support’ is also provided.
tambroni AT gmail DOT com
Why study with me?
1. My students excel. Recently a student received a full scholarship to Illinois Wesleyan College. Other students have become conductors, string teachers, as well as pursuing other degrees including medicine.
2. I’m a teacher AND performer. I have a degree in each and I enjoy both.
3. I’ve studied with a wide variety of teachers and players.
4. Lessons are productive, focused, yet relaxed.
5. I’m organized and have a curriculum.
6. I provide a well balanced musical diet.
As a parent, I appreciate the diverse qualities Peter brings to his teaching, beyond his enormous talent as a bassist. He provides carefully crafted structure and method, while being flexible and generous with his students. – Polly S., parent
Taking bass lessons with Mr. Tambroni since 8th grade changed my bass playing from something I did at school to something I wanted to do at school and beyond. My bass playing not only improved immensely from lessons, but Mr. Tambroni introduced me to the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, Bass festivals, Bass players from around the city, and experiences that made me the bass player I am today. Going into my second year of college as a music education major, Mr. Tambroni steered me in the right direction on choosing a college and made sure I was prepared well enough to get in everywhere I auditioned. Thank you Mr. T for the positive influences you share with me. – Todd A., former student