Bass & Cello Conservatory

In-Person Classes for the Bass and Cello Conservatory of Dallas will resume on Thursday, September 23rd at Grace Presbyterian Church in Plano, Texas. 

 

For all those who are away from Texas, or prefer to take classes virtually during the pandemic, you can connect with us from any part of the world to develop your technique on the bass with experienced teachers at the Virtual Bass Conservatory. More details here!

Miami Bass Conservatory
Miami Bass Conservatory

Dr. Gudrun Raschen teaches at the first session of the Miami Bass Conservatory.

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2014 Bass Camp
2014 Bass Camp

Dr. Gudrun Raschen, Dr. Jessica Gilliam & Dr. Carlos Gaviria, instructors of the Beginner & Intermediate Camp, work with campers at the UNT College of Music.

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Founder of the Bass Conservatory of Dallas and master teacher, Dr. Gudrun Raschen, has established an innovative and highly successful teaching model of group instruction. Students of all levels work in small groups on technique, bass chamber music, All-State preparation, solo playing, music theory and improvisation. In addition to working with major teachers and guest artists, students learn from each other as well as gain experience mentoring other students.

During Fall 2021, classes will be held in person. These will consist of weekly sessions led by professionals from the DFW Metroplex including Luke Rogers, Gudrun Raschen, Jose Saavedra, and Jeff Bradetich!

The Bradetich Foundation is very proud to sponsor these Conservatories, currently in Dallas, Miami, and Bogota, Colombia; with plans to open more opportunities for young bass players to learn and enjoy the bass throughout the world.

The Bass and Cello Conservatory is also designed to increase the student’s appreciation and enjoyment of music. Students from the BCC have gone on to study at top schools in the US and win major competitions and jobs in all phases of their music profession, not to mention our All State record!

Fall Semester 2022

SEPTEMBER

22, 29

OCTOBER

06, 13, 20, 27

NOVEMBER

03, 10, 17

DECEMBER

01, 08, 15, 22*

*Concert

Schedule: Thursdays

7:00pm - 7:30pm Beginner / Intermediate Bass Class

7:30pm - 8:30pm Combined Bass Class

8:30pm - 9:00pm Advanced Bass Class

All students will attend the middle hour, as well as the 7-7:30pm or 8:30-9:00pm classes depending on their technique development. Meetings are every Monday until the end of the semester.

Tuition

Fee: $40 per weekly session, paid monthly
Weekly sessions include access to the Beginner/Intermediate or Advanced Bass Class and Combined Bass Class, materials not included.

The Bass and Cello Conservatory offers two payment plans:
Monthly: Price varies per month depending on the number of sessions in each month (detailed below). Payment in advance is due by the 3rd of each month.

Full Semester: One payment for the full semester at a discounted rate! Paying in advance for the semester will allow you to receive a 10% discount for all semester sessions, at a total of  $468. (Total without discount $520, save $52)

Monthly Costs

*Payment in advance is due by the 3rd of each month*

SEPTEMBER

$80

OCTOBER

$160

NOVEMBER

$120

DECEMBER

$160

All payments can be processed through:

 

Venmo: @bradetichfoundation - “BBC Tuition”

or

Check payable to: Bradetich Foundation and mail it to:

1155 Union Circle #310143
Denton, TX 76203

For more information, please email: bcconservatory@yahoo.com

The BCC will accept weekly payments.

Bring a check for the lesson or pay via Venmo, no cash accepted. In case of absence, make up lessons are not offered, nor are refunds/credits offered. Exceptions will be made on an individual basis in case of illness, accident or emergency.

Registration for Cello & Bass Conservatory

To enroll for the Cello & Bass Conservatory, follow these steps:
 

1. Fill out this Registration Form.

2. Pay for your semestral or monthly tuition

3. Email a screenshot of your payment, or a photo of the check, to bcconservatory@yahoo.com

Contact Information

If you are interested in attending Conservatory classes or you have questions about the program, please send an email to bcconservatory@yahoo.com or fill out this form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

The Bass and Cello Conservatory is a service provided by the Bradetich Foundation.

Jeff Bradetich
Jeff Bradetich

Professor Jeff Bradetich leads an advanced bass class.

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Miami Bass
Miami Bass

Dr. Gudrun Raschen, Jeff Bradetich, and Luis Gomez poes with students at the MIA Double Bass Workshop in May 2018.

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About Our Classes

Beginner / Intermediate - Advanced Bass Class

7:00-7:30pm

and

8:30-9:00pm

Topics covered through the semester:

  • Technical Exercises 

  • All Region Excerpts

  • All State Excerpts

  • Chamber Music

  • Improvisation

Group Bass Class

7:30-8:30pm

This middle hour is a valuable opportunity for students to perform music for an audience in a Solo Masterclass format. In addition to this, we will often hold mock auditions, guest performances, guided listening and viewing activities, and lectures on various topics including:

 

  • Masterclass Excerpts

  • Solo Masterclass

  • Music Theory

  • Improvisation

  • Music History

  • Double Bass History

  • Double Bass in the XXI Century 

  • Jazz Double Bass 

  • Bow Types

  • Memorization

  • Goal Setting

The content of these classes will be catered to the needs of the students. Please invite your friends to join the conservatory, since these classes are more beneficial with more participants!

Chamber Music & Final Performance

December 22nd

Chamber music preparation is an essential tool for students to put their active listening skills to use within a performance context. Students will be placed in groups toward the latter half of the semester with their colleagues for a chance to perform chamber music in duos, trios, and other double bass arrangements. 

 

These chamber pieces will be performed in the final concert on December 15th. Each student will also perform a solo piece that they have worked on in the masterclass sessions throughout the semester in this final performance. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn all about the live performance process. 

 

The final performance will be open to all, please bring your friends and family!