Wayne Batchelor has a life-long love of teaching and works with several private students each week. He teaches both electric and upright bass and works with beginners and pros alike aged 8 to 80! He teaches both at people's apartments or music studios, and also teaches via Skype and FaceTime which have been a very successful way of easily reaching students anywhere in the world.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
 
"I am sensitive to the goals and abilities of each student but always want to see them working on their technique to produce a great sound in tune and in time. I like to ground my students in the fundamentals of music-making so that their expression and style can flourish. I ensure that they have a regular practice schedule with new goals each week.   I love to see their progress, and to help them gain confidence and command of their instrument.  Ultimately I like to teach students to teach themselves; to overcome the problems and challenges posed by the music they want to play, using their own initiative."  Wayne Batchelor

SAMPLE 20 MINUTE LESSON FOR FREE

Take advantage of the free 20 min sample lesson. You would then would be in a position to assess whether lessons might work for you and you'll get free feedback on your playing! You would be under no obligation to sign up for further lessons based on this free lesson.

Lesson content will vary from person to person but we can cover the following and more:

Fundamentals:  Major, Minor, Chromatic Scales, Arpeggios, Rhythm
Style: Phrasing, Expression, Dynamics, Performance
Music Theory * Sight Reading * Ear Training

Rate: $65 per hour via Skype or FaceTime or $80 per hour in person in the NYC area.

Scheduling: I recommend once a week but am open to what works for you.

Requirements: Have an instrument, music stand, tuner, metronome, pen and music manuscript.

Payment: Can be made via PayPal, Chase QuickPay, Apple Pay or Venmo.

REVIEWS FROM PRIVATE STUDENTS
 
Link to Thumbtack Reviews Winner of “Best of 2016” Award
https://www.thumbtack.com/ny/brooklyn/music-lessons/bass-teacher-wayne-batchelor-bass-teaching


"Fantastic lesson!!! Wayne tailored the lesson to cover exactly what i wanted to learn!! Very patient. Consummate professional. Cant recommend him enough!! Looking forward to my next lesson!!" Rich P on November 9th, 2017   5/5 Stars

"My 10-year-old son started taking bass lessons from Wayne three months ago. I couldn't be happier with the progress he has made. Wayne has stressed how to properly squeeze each note, hold his fret hand and sit with correct posture. In addition my son is now reading basic sheet music. He also knows the names of most of the notes on his fretboard.
Wayne always provides music lessons that he writes out personally and also provides associated MP3 audio files. My son is able to practice the lesson along with an audio track that serves as reinforcement. Wayne even transcribed a song that could be played with the actual music track.
Wayne has an encouraging and positive attitude. There is a genuine excitement and passion in his teaching. I highly recommend him." Carter C on July 11th, 2017   5/5 Stars 

"Wayne's passion is contagious. As both a gifted musician and a dedicated teacher, he is able to weave musical theory and technical craft into a holistic lesson without losing the feel for the instrument and music. As an adult student, I am grateful for his scheduling flexibility. I highly recommend him."
Douglas H on December 29t, 2015
5/5 Stars
 
"Wayne provides my son with an hour a week of bass instruction and is professional, on time and gives sound advice (pardon the pun) on not only my son's approach to studying music, but his personal development as it pertains to discipline and dedication. I really appreciate his efforts and hope that his relationship with my son continues as he is a fantastic mentor!
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Micole M. on November 23, 2015
5/5 stars Bass Guitar Lessons (for adults) Verified Review 



"Wayne is Patient, knowledgeable and just a great teacher that knows how to get you playing at a high skill level.
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Lawrence C. on August 20, 2015
5/5 stars Bass Guitar Lessons Verified Review 

 
"Wayne is an excellent instructor, highly recommended. He is able to quickly analyze your skill level and give specific instructions and exercises to take you to the next level. His patient and pleasant personality make the lessons easy and fun. Two thumbs up!!
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Norman J. on May 13, 2015
5/5 stars 

 
"Wayne Batchelor is a gifted musician that puts his heart and soul into everything he does. He has an amazing insight into music, and a unique way of communicating it to beginners as well as seasoned professionals! He's a consummate professional. On time, prepared and full of joy!
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Rozz M. on December 12, 2014
5/5 stars 

 
"Wayne is a wonderful teacher. He is thoughtful, patient, and knowledgeable. He spent a lot of extra time emailing information and extra materials. Highly recommend!"

Caroline P. on November 25, 2014
5/5 stars 

 
"Wayne Batchelor has proven to be a very effective teacher for our 13 year old son. Wayne is professional and mindful about establishing core musical tenets while remaining aware that lessons and music should be pleasurable. Our son is inspired by his teaching method and looks forward to each session. We recommend Wayne to all those who want to explore the bass with a guide who is enthusiastic and productive."
Shelton W. on November 19, 2014
5/5 stars

EDUCATION
 
MM JAZZ PERFORMANCE | RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NJ | 2015
 
BFA JAZZ AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC | THE NEW SCHOOL, NY | 1998
 
CERTIFICATE OF ADVANCED STUDIES | THE GUILDHALL SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DRAMA, LONDON | 1987

TEACHING EXPERIENCE


PRIVATE STUDENTS  - 2010- PRESENT
Winner of “Best of 2016” Award on Thumbtack for being their highest-rated bass teacher.  https://www.thumbtack.com/ny/brooklyn/music-lessons/bass-teacher-wayne-batchelor-bass-teaching
Teaching a range of students each week from beginners to professionals.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AT EDNA MANLEY SCHOOL OF MUSIC, KINGSTON, JAMAICA
APRIL 2015
Master Classes on Double Bass, Coaching Select Jazz Combos and Panel Member.
Performance at International Jazz Day Concert, Devon House, Kingston, Jamaica
 
THE AUGUST AICHHORN CENTER FOR ADOLESCENT RESIDENTIAL CARE, BROOKLYN, NY
2014- PRESENT
Teaching communication through music, fostering self-confidence and cooperation with others. Small classes of two or three students taught by at least two professional musicians. Students are often emerging from the correctional system or from psychiatric care.
 
MUSIC WORKSHOPS WITH SIX-TIME GRAMMY NOMINEE, NNENNA FREELON
Music Appreciation * Jazz History
An integral part of Nnenna Freelon’s workshops taught each year at various schools such as Duke University, Brigham Young University and The University of Notre Dame where he was on the Jury for the Collegiate Jazz Festival.
 
NYACK COLLEGE, NEW YORK, NY 2007-2010
Adjunct Professor Double Bass, Jazz, Electric Bass