Trombone and Electric Bass Lessons – Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh
Studying an instrument and performance practice requires a lot of perseverance and time but the feelings of accomplishment, mastery, and the joy of making music with others will last for a lifetime. I have a Masters in Music from Rutgers University and have studied with some of the best musicians in the world, including Conrad Herwig, Mike Kris, Ralph Bowen, and Jim Ketch. Over the past 10 years I have taught dozens of students of all ages and ability levels throughout the Triangle and each lesson is a part of a unique musical journey. With many achieving All-District and All-State honors and several moving on to careers in music, I encourage every student to push themselves to perform at the highest level possible while preserving the energy and excitement that comes from playing. Because every person learns differently, I focus on structuring each lesson around how the student learns best in order to strengthen the skills that are weak and refine the skills that are strong. Lessons will include technical studies for mastery, critical listening, style analysis, transcription, and composition. I am excited to take this musical journey with you and share in the love of learning.
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“Having been entirely self-taught on electric bass for many years, I’ve found it to be a breath of fresh air to have Andy as a teacher. In just two lessons he’s helped me to push past my long-held plateau, vastly improving my technical playing as well as my musicianship with simple but intelligent advice. He’s punctual and amiable, and is very encouraging of improvisation and the development of one’s own personal style.” – Jorge M.
“Andy Kleindienst has been an excellent trombone instructor for my daughter! He is very knowledgeable about many different types of playing and is so talented on the instrument. He has just the right touch for encouraging my daughter to play and to practice. I have listened in on many lessons, and I am impressed with his talent for evoking her best effort by example and through using just the right metaphors to encourage her to grow her playing skills and deepen her joy and love of trombone playing. And his trombone playing is beautiful! I credit his deep knowledge of the instrument, his good character, excellent teaching style, and enthusiasm for the craft in helping my daughter excel in various competitions and in choosing to pursue a musical career” – Debbie H.
“Andy instructed my son in trombone for three years, when Amos was in 7th, 8th and 9th grades. I asked Amos to describe Andy’s teaching style and character. Most importantly, from my perspective, Amos says Andy is “encouraging, interesting and enthusiastic”. Amos adds that Andy is himself always continuing to expand his personal knowledge of methodology, composers and resources and is excited to share with his students. Andy “knows his stuff”, and is good to work with because he is “relaxed”. We were really pleased to have had Andy as an integral piece of Amos’s musical education path, and would not hesitate to recommend him to any student hoping to evolve and progress in his or her own musical journey.” – Andrea E.
“Andy taught my son trombone from seventh grade through high school. We were so fortunate to have such an inspiring and talented teacher who went above and beyond by coming to our house for lessons. Under his tuition my son was able to achieve placements in many All Disrict bands, first chair in the Allstate jazz band and entrance to the music program at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Andy was extremely flexible with lesson times and always reliable. Andy’s amazing skills ,patience and work ethic were motivational to my son and we would highly recommend him as an outstanding teacher and person.” – Karen R.