Jeff Fogleman – Bass Lessons/Trombone Lessons/School Manager
Jeff Fogleman is a bassist, trombonist, and music teacher based out of Boston, MA. A Brevard, North Carolina native, Jeff studied classical trombone for 2 years at the University of North Carolina School for the Arts’s high school program. While studying at UNCSA, Jeff discovered the electric bass and began taking bass lessons and playing in a variety of bands. Jeff moved to Boston in 2009 after being accepted to Berklee College of Music to study bass guitar and composition. At Berklee, Jeff studied performance in jazz, funk, rock, classical, and Latin bass performance styles as well as composition and world music, taking bass lessons primarily with John Lockwood , Bruce Gertz,and Bruno Raberg, with whom he studied jazz improvisation, South Indian rhythmic techniques, standard bass repertoire, and many other concepts. Additionally, through Berklee, Jeff was fortunate to have the opportunity to take lessons and attend masterclasses with bass luminaries such as Eddie Gomez, John Patitucci, Harvie S, and Victor Wooten.
In addition to teaching bass lessons at Cambridge Arts Academy, Jeff has been active in the Boston and greater New England music scene as a professional freelance bassist, and has played in many bands such as funk band Charlie the Most, his instrumental rock trio Gigantic Ant and currently, Space Between.
- University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Diploma with Trombone Performance Concentration, Class of 2009
- Berklee College of Music, B.A. in Bass Performance, Class of 2014
“Part of what makes teaching satisfying isn’t just seeing my students progress every week, but also getting to know students as individuals. I’m always getting introduced to new music and fantastic bass players I’d never heard of. Figuring out each student’s learning style gives a fresh perspective on my own approach when listening to and performing music, as everyone has their own creative approach to playing the bass and music as a whole that I might have never thought of!
In the lessons, I try to work on songs and topics in a way I know would interest the student. I believe there is a lot that can be learned from just about any piece of music (although some are good case studies in what *not* to do), so mixing songs that I pick out for them that they might not know with music the student brings in and is already really engaged with helps make concepts and techniques we’re working on easier to relate to.
Additionally, having experienced repetitive stress injury myself as a result of improper technique, the first thing I teach any student and continually stress in bass lessons is how to play the bass in the most efficient and safe way possible.this also really with learning styles that require fast playing such as punk, metal, and jazz.