Free Double Bass Class

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Open invitation to all interested students:
Free Double Bass Class
Presented by America’s First Youth Orchestra

Do you have students who might be interested in learning to play the double bass? Or do they already play but you think they are ready for lessons?

The Portland Youth Philharmonic is offering a free double bass class that will be taught by bass players from the Oregon Symphony. This is an opportunity to work with professional musicians. This class is open not only to members of the PYP organization but also those considering joining one of our groups if their playing becomes proficient enough. No experience is necessary to start. We are willing to give this opportunity to students to see if the bass is something they would like to play. And participation in our ensembles is not required if they decide the bass is not the instrument for them.

Here's what you need to know:


Saturdays, 2:00-3:15 pm, starting on October 3, 2015 lasting until April!
Classes will be held on the following dates:

October 3
October 10
October 17
October 24
October 31
November 7
November 21

December 5
December 12
January 16
January 23
January 30
February 6
February 13

February 20
February 27
March 12
April 9
April 16
April 23
April 30 (Recital)


All classes will be held at Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Ave., Portland, OR 97219.

What students will need:

If simply finding a bass is a question, there are some bass shops in the area that would be able to help you. The shops listed below are a good place for students to go to find out what size of bass would be best for them, even if students might think they are too young or small to begin on bass. And renting is certainly something to consider during this experimental stage.

Local bass shops

If you have a student who is interested in participating, call or e-mail Ann Cockerham,
PYP Orchestra Manager, 503.223.5939 Ext. 102 ,

Students are welcome to join throughout the season but the best benefit will be gained by all if they join early and attend all the classes.

We offer three different levels of classes. Students will be placed in the class that the teachers feel best suits the student.

We are here to help you in any way that we can.  If you have any thoughts, please feel free to call.

The Portland Youth Philharmonic will offer a free percussion class taught by percussionists from the Oregon Symphony. Dates will be available soon.