Bass Teachers

Kareem Darwish – $30 per lessonkareem4
Days available:
Monday, Tuesday
Kareem studied at Five Towns College in NY. He has 20 years playing and teaching experience and toured in various bands in the Tri State area. He was also featured in the March 2008 issue of Guitar Player Magazine. Kareem is skilled in the styles of Rock, Metal, Classical, Funk, and other styles. Also teaches theory and composition.


Bruce Middle – $30 per lesson
Days available: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday
Bruce is an educator, composer, performing and recording artist with over 25 years in the industry. He teaches beginners through advanced (ages 10-adult) in all styles.
Member of: MENC, IAJE, BMI, WAMA
Education: NVCC, GMU, UMW
Bruce is currently Professor of Guitar at The University of Mary Washington, and is an 11 time WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Award) nominee.


brettminardBrett Minard – $25 per lesson
Days available: Fridays
Brett has been playing guitar for 12 years. He has taught privately for 7 years and has been involved in the punk rock community in the DC area as well as touring across the country in a number of rock bands. He has also worked with local praise and worship bands and is one of the directors of the Rockademia program  at BANG! Music.

joanna4Joanna Smith – $30 per lesson
Days available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Joanna Smith has been playing upright and electric bass, piano, and cello for the past ten years. She received her BA in music from the Univ. of Mary Washington in 2012, spending four years in the UMW Philharmonic and Jazz band. She can be seen playing regularly in Fredericksburg and abroad with various groups in styles ranging from jazz to bluegrass and rock.


Jon Wiley – $28 per lesson
Days available: Tuesday
Jon Wiley is a graduate of the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Technology and Sound Recording. He has studied with an eclectic group of musicians such as Ken Karsh (Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff), Fredericksburg’s own Dave Cleveland, and Roberson’s own Rik Lawhorne. He has experience performing in a multitude of different styles including Jazz, Fusion, Blues, Rock, and Country music, playing with groups such as My Cardboard Spaceship Adventure and opening for Three Dog Night. He formerly served as a worship leader for Duquesne’s Crossroads Christian Fellowship and can be seen performing throughout the region with local groups including the popular Washington DC band Melodime and the Joe Vex Band.

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