Bass Lessons

Andrew Schiller

Areas of Work: Manhattan and Brooklyn

Ages Taught: All ages

Styles: Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical

Levels Taught:

Bass:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Piano:  Beginner


Andrew Schiller is currently residing in Brooklyn, NY after finishing a master’s degree in jazz bass performance at the New England Conservatory. A native of Phoenix, he graduated from Arizona State University under the musical direction of Michael Kocour. His personal mentors have been Ken Schaphorst, Donny McCaslin, Ralph Alessi, and Frank Carlberg. His bass teachers include John Clayton, Dave Holland, and John Lockwood.

Andrew started performing on bass (electric and acoustic) and piano, forming a rock band with friends from his junior high. Since then, he’s worked as both a bandleader and sideman in various musical styles, with the bulk of his concentration on jazz and classical. Andrew strives to perform and compose with a personal and sincere voice while attempting to create something contemporary and original. He enjoys many types of music, often blending different genres and collaborating with a variety of musicians. 

Andrew has a passion for music education in addition to performance. He has spent summers running music clinics at festivals abroad and leading classes and ensembles at the ASU Latin Jazz workshop. He spent a year as a graduate TA at the New England Conservatory for a class that taught harmony, ear training, and composition. Andrew also has plenty of private one-on-one music instruction, working as the interim jazz bass teacher at Arizona State University for a year teaching students at an advanced level while maintaining a private studio of mostly younger students, ages 4-17. 

In 2012, he was recognized in Downbeat Magazine for his work as a soloist and in January 2013, he was awarded the opportunity to perform original compositions at the Panama Jazz Festival with an NEC ensemble. Most recently, Andrew was awarded the ASCAP Young Composers Grant in February 2014.

John Gray

Areas of Work: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens

Ages: All Ages

Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Theory, Composition, Recording, Songwriting

Levels Taught:

Bass: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Guitar: Beginning, Intermediate

Ukulele: Beginning, Intermediate

Piano: Beginning, Intermediate


Since moving to New York City in 2005, John has been one of the most in-demand bassists and teachers in New York. John attended Manhattan School of Music, studying bass with Larry Ridley and Jay Anderson while studying piano and composition with Garry Dial and Richard Sussman.  

After graduation, John formed a band called The Jazz Thieves, and has performed his original compositions with them. The Jazz Thieves have played extensively throughout the city at Spike Hill, Rockwood Music Hall, Tea Lounge, Flatiron Room, and the Greenpoint Gallery to name a few. Their first self-titled album was signed to Fervor Records under the name “The John Gray Band”. They have been featured on radio programs throughout the world, and continue to perform in NYC often.

As a teacher, John has taught piano, guitar and bass to students privately, as well as at Pelham Music Arts Studio in Pelham NY, Dea School of Music and Art in Staten Island, and New Canaan Music in New Canaan, CT. John has also worked at the Caedmon School and St. Hilda's and St. Hugh's schools, helping to produce their fall and spring concerts. John works with students to improve their musical skills, teaching them both important works from the past, and modern, popular songs. John's hopes to inspire confidence in the student's musical and life skills with his teaching method.

John also plays in many other projects. John has played jazz with jazz masters James Moody, John McNeil, and Wayne Bergeron. He also had played with with Jason Trachtenburg (of the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players) and currently plays with Tim Cronin (of Camera Obscura/Freelance Whales/Los Campesinos) in his band Floating Compass, at venues such as the Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, and Glasslands Gallery.

John Velsor


Areas of Work: Nassau, Suffolk

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles Taught: Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Theory

Levels Taught:

Guitar: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Bass: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Piano: Beginning, Intermediate


John Velsor received his bachelor degree in music performance on guitar in 2010 from Molloy College. In addition to studying under Dan McGann at Molloy, he had also received an associate’s degree in performance at Nassau Community College, studying under the direction of Stephen Leonard and Bill Zito. Although focusing on classical guitar technique and performance for his degree, John has done fieldwork in the field of music therapy, giving him experience working with children on the autistic spectrum as well as children suffering from other learning disabilities. He has the ambition to ultimately become a professor, aiming to do his master degree work in either music education or ethnomusicology.

John has been giving private guitar lessons since 2006, and has been employed through several notable institutions since. His teaching style aims to meet the personal desires and ambitions of his students while simultaneously instilling a solid understanding of music theory and structure. His laid back and patient approach allows students to feel comfortable to learn and develop at their own pace. Each student is developed a specific lesson plan that is custom designed to help the individual reach their musical goals both personal and academically, allowing them to become the competent musician they want to be.

Aside from his academic achievement, John is also an avid performer. He performs locally as well as touring regularly as a one man band under the title "Astronauto", along with playing guitar in the band "Medicine Fish". John's wide array of musical taste and diverse style has also lead him to playing in and working with many different bands of diverse genres.

Julian Maultsby


Areas of Work: Nassau, Queens, Suffolk

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles: Rock, Pop, Jazz, Classical, Music Theory, Musical Theatre

Levels Taught:

Guitar: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Bass: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Drums: Beginning, Intermediate

Piano: Beginning, Intermediate

Voice: Beginning


Julian Maultsby has been playing music since he was 8 years old. He started off as a percussionist in his elementary school band. Since then he’s learned to love music through multiple genres and instruments, most notably on the guitar and bass.

Throughout high school, he was instructed on the guitar by Latin jazz artist Michelle Marie. To further his education, he attended Molloy College for his Bachelors in Music, with a concentration in classical guitar (instructed by Dan McGann and Christopher Gotzen-Berg) as well as voice (instructed by Terence Goff and Nicholas Dosman). While studying guitar and voice, he was also the drummer for the jazz ensemble, which travelled to Ireland to play at Dundalk IT in 2014.

He is a self taught bassist and is an avid performer with his band Medicine Fish. He has also performed in various musicals, both on stage and in pit bands. He is currently attending the Nassau Community College Studio Recording Technologies program to better understand the production side of music using Pro Tools.

Julian believes music, being an art form, is an essential element to everyone’s well being because at its core, it’s just pure fun. Julian believes that the more you play, the better you get; the better you get, the more you want to learn; and the more you learn, the more you want to play: a never-ending cycle that constantly brings happiness!

Ben Pinnola


Areas of Work: Nassau County, Western Suffolk

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles: Jazz, Rock, Pop, Blues, Folk, NYSSMA prep, Music Theory, Composition and Arranging

Levels Taught:

Saxophone: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Guitar: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Bass:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Piano:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Flute: Beginner, Intermediate

Clarinet: Beginner, Intermediate

Drums: Beginner, Intermediate

Voice: Beginner, Intermediate


Ben Pinnola is a musician, composer, performer and music teacher from Long Island, New York. Ben is a multi-instrumentalist and performs regularly on saxophone, guitar, bass guitar, piano, percussion and vocals. Ben performs at music venues, restaurants and private parties all over the Long Island and New York City area. He plays in jazz bands, rock bands, pop groups, concert orchestras and also performs solo.

Ben plays as a featured musician, all over the New York City area, at venues such as The Cutting Room, The Bitter End, Mercury Lounge, Rough Trade NYC, Cornelia Street Cafe, The Amphitheater at Bald Hill, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Revolution Music Hall, 89 North Music Hall and more. He plays with jazz bands, rock bands, pop groups, concert orchestras as well as performing solo. Ben enjoys playing music of all genres.

Ben earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Five Towns College, graduating as a member of the Phi Sigma Eta Honor Society. Ben also created and performed two original arrangements with the Vocal Jazz at the seasonal concerts at Five Towns College.

Ben's latest musical endeavor is an original music band called GeoTribe, in which Ben composes and sings as well as plays piano and saxophone. GeoTribe is a jam band who's sound is influenced by rock, funk, jazz, folk and beyond. Ben also has jazz project called the Fresh Tones. The Fresh Tones have been featured live on WUSB 90.1FM. They play original compositions, as well as jazz standards. Ben grew up in a musical household, and has been playing music his whole life. He has been playing professionally with his father’s band, The Suburban Brothers Band, since the age of 15.

Ben has a deep passion for music, that he shares whether he is on stage or in a music lesson. Ben loves to teach students of all ages and skill level. Ben has taught private music lessons for over ten years on Saxophone, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Clarinet, Flute, Drums and Voice.

Alex Mejia

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Areas of Work: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens

Ages Taught: All Ages. Great with Kids and Adults!

Styles: Jazz, Rock, RnB, Pop, Classical, Blues, Flamenco, Ear Training, Music Theory, Songwriting/Composition

Levels Taught:

Guitar: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Ukulele: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Bass: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Piano:  Beginner, Intermediate

Drums: Beginner, Intermediate


Alex is a musician, composer, educator and performer from the mid-Michigan area. Having grown up in a musical family, Alex first learned to play guitar from his father until age 10 when he began studying music seriously with John Campbell(Sea-Cruisers). Alex has always had a love for all music whether that was Mozart, Jimi Hendrix, Art Blakey, or Stephen Sondheim. In 2015, Alex graduated from Michigan State University's Jazz Studies program led by world renown musician Rodney Whitaker(Jazz at Lincoln Center, Roy Hargrove.) While at MSU, Alex had the privilege of touring and performing with Ettienne Charles, Michael Dease, Randy Napoleon, Peter Bernstein, Christian Mcbride, and Jeff Hamilton.

In 2015 Alex relocated to Portland, Oregon and began a career as an independent recording artist releasing the self-recorded Compositions on the Guitar Vol 1 & 2 in 2018 under the name A.F. Mejia. In addition to his solo career, Alex led the song-writing collective and progressive-pop group The afternooners which released a self-title EP in the summer of 2018. He continued performing jazz, rock, rnb, and pop with other groups including Mr. Vale's Math Class, Kingsley Music, Amirah, and the Jeff Chilton Duo. In 2018, Alex moved to New York and began performing with internationally known singer/songwriter NyaLi and as a founding member of the Richard Cortez Quartet. He continues to performing regularly with his band Alex Mejia's Brass Fantasy.

Alex has been teaching music since 2012 in MI, OR, and NY; He teaches students of all ages (4yrs-70yrs). With a strong focus on fundamental exercises and source material, Alex encourages students to let their interests drive lesson plans in turn leading students to have a focus in everything from Flamenco guitar to Blue-Grass to Indie-Rock to Heavy-Metal and Ragtime. Alex is a patient, understanding and focused educator that loves to share his excitement and passion for music in an educational setting. He continues to pass along keys phrases and life lessons he learned while at MSU: "Each One Teach One" and "How you do anything is how you do everything." In addition to music, Alex has interests in theater, visual art, photography, dance, yoga, film and sports!

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