Bass Lessons

In-Person and Virtual Lessons Available!

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Bass Lessons for All Ages and Skill Levels

Come take the best bass lessons in Baltimore, and our instructors will have you groovin’ in no time. From finger placement to grooving and harmonic knowledge our skilled instructors work with students of all ages and levels. Our bass instructors work with each student on having fun while refining their skills to reach their potential as a musician. At Stages, our mission of “Learn. Perform. Record.” guides our work with each student, and all students have opportunities to record their own compositions using technology in the lesson room, perform at recitals and enhance their musicianship as the member of a band in one of our group programs.

Beginner Lessons

Our expert instructors give the students the building blocks of bass playing – from proper technique to grooves and tone – to get them playing and sounding like pros. Through weekly lessons at our facility just outside of Baltimore, students will build up their skills and gain the confidence to perform their favorite songs, perform with fellow students and write their own bass lines.

Intermediate and Advanced Lessons

For those looking to further their skills beyond the beginner level, Stages’ bass instructors have the knowledge to turn students into the backbone of the band. Digging deeper into theory, slap and pop technique, scales and chords, intermediate and advanced lessons turn students into masters.

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Bass Instructors

Ian Trusheim

Ian Trusheim

Bass, Music Production
Charles Simon

Charles Simon

Guitar, Bass
Evan Cooper

Evan Cooper

Piano, Voice, Bass, Guitar, Ukulele, Drums
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Paul Tokarz

Paul Tokarz

Guitar, Bass
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Conor Brendan

Conor Brendan

Voice, Guitar, Piano, Banjo, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, Songwriting
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Anthony DiMenna

Anthony DiMenna

Bass, Guitar, Drums
Bob MacDonough

Bob MacDonough

Bass, Guitar

Frequently Asked Questions

Do students need to have prior bass knowledge?

No prior knowledge is necessary! While some experience with bass may give students a head start, our instructors are ready and able to start students from scratch and teach them all the basic knowledge they need to get started.

What is the best age to start playing bass?

Any age is a great age to start learning an instrument! Studies have shown that learning an instrument can increase children’s academic performance and critical thinking. And for those in their later years, learning an instrument is a great way to keep the brain sharp. For students as young as age 4, we offer Mini Music Makers, one-on-one lessons in which students get to have fun experimenting with drums, piano, ukulele and voice while learning about basic music concepts. The ukulele is a great precursor to bass – the smaller, nylon strings are easier on the fingers, and a lot of the skills translate to bass.

Do I need to own a bass or can Stages provide one?

While Stages can provide loaner basses on occasion, it is highly recommended students have their own bass. This ensures students can practice at home between their weekly lessons and can get comfortable on their instrument.

Have additional questions?

We’re happy to provide more information about lessons. Please give us a call at (443) 353-5300, email info@stagesmusicarts.com, or use our contact form.

Lesson Rates

Non-Recurring Lessons

30-Minute Lessons
$40
60-Minute Lessons
$80

Weekly Recurring Lessons

30-Minute Lessons
$145/month
60-Minute Lessons
$290/month

Bass Programs

Stages Music Arts has a wide variety of programs to accommodate all ages and skill levels! See below what we have to offer.

Mini Music Makers

Mini Music Makers

Recommended Ages: 4-8

The Mini Music Makers program is designed to help the youngest future musicians find the instrument they want to play, while having fun learning basic music concepts such as beat, rhythm and notes. In weekly 30-minute lessons at our Baltimore-area facility, students can experiment with ukulele, piano, drums and voice and choose which instrument they’d like to pursue further. The ukulele is a great precursor to bass – a lot of the skills translate!

BackStage

BackStage

Recommended Ages: 9-12 

Take your first steps to being the backbone of a live band! Students attend fun-filled weekly 90-minute rehearsals to learn songs to perform with fellow musicians. For beginner students, no prior band experience necessary.

MainStage

MainStage

Recommended Ages: 13-18

Strut your bass skills by performing live and recording in a professional recording studio with Stages’ premier band program! Students attend weekly 90-minute rehearsals in a state-of-the-art professional recording studio at our facility just outside of Baltimore, record music with one of Stages’ world-class house audio engineers and have opportunities to perform live with their fellow bandmates.

All Access

All-Access

Recommended Ages: 12-18

All-Access is Stages’ audition-based all-star band program for students 18 and under. Accepted bassists have exclusive performance and recording opportunities!

Adult Jam

Adult Jam

Recommended Ages: 18+

Adult bassists will have a chance to participate in weekly 90-minute rehearsals in a state-of-the-art recording studio at our Baltimore-area facility, record with one of Stages’ expert house audio engineers and experience the joy of performing live. No prior band experience necessary, all skill levels welcome.

Instrument Repair Services

Our instrument repair professionals offer high-quality, affordable repairs for amps and fretted instruments, including acoustic and electric guitars, basses and ukuleles