Virtual Bass & Cello Conservatory
Classes for the Virtual Conservatory of the Bass & Cello Conservatory of Dallas, will begin on February 2nd!
There are a few changes this year, so please read this message carefully. For all those who are away from Texas, you can connect from any part of the world to develop your technique on the bass with experienced teachers at the Virtual Bass & Cello Conservatory!
About Our Classes
After facing a rough year with the ongoing pandemic we have observed and embraced the perks of remote learning in the performance field such as the possibility of expanding the knowledge of double bass technique by using a teaching model of group instruction mixing synchronous and asynchronous remote learning. We cover:
Bass chamber music
All-State and All-Region preparation
Orchestra playing and solo playing as designed by Founder and Artistic Director Dr. Gudrun Raschen
This means, a combination of assigned tasks and lectures with ZOOM interactive group lessons and small groups for a more detailed work with the instructor simulating an in-person lesson. Video assignments have a balanced due time with the synchronous activities. These assignments receive weekly comments to help you develop your technique.
In addition to working with major teachers and guest artists, students learn from one another and gain experience mentoring other students through remote learning. Classes will be taught through ZOOM, engaging students to the develop of their technique in weekly sessions led by professionals from the DFW Metroplex including Jose Saavedra Diaz, and world-renowned guest artists for the masterclasses including Jeff Bradetich, Gudrun Raschen, Andrew Williams, Luke Rodgers, and more!
The Virtual Bass Conservatory is also designed to increase the student’s appreciation and enjoyment of music. Students from the Bass and Cello Conservatory 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 Allstate record. And after a successful first year, the Virtual Bass Conservatory embraces the online resources to celebrate its second year of helping bass players to develop their technique remotely, from any part of the world!
First Meeting: February 2nd
To facilitate access and a flexible schedule to the course, the classes will be structured according to the attendance we receive this Spring. The first meeting will happen on Wednesday, February 2nd. We will start with a technique class and then break into two small groups (Groups A & B). There will be a video submission prior to the first meeting to select the members of each group.
Group Class: 45 min - 1 hour, starting at 7pm Central Time
Small Groups A & B: 30 - 45 minutes, start times TBD (based on enrollment)
Everyone is welcome in the Virtual Bass and Cello Conservatory, however, in order to give you better guidance, we will split you into two groups. To know which group makes a good fit for you, we need to you to record a video playing two fundamental pieces of the bass technique:
G major scale (two or three octaves, add any variations that show your best playing)
Four Note Progressive Scale contained in the Bradetich Technical Exercises Booklet for the Double Bass. PDF material will be sent after you register for the course. Four notes slurred, quarter note = 60 bpm or, Max’s Magic Four notes slurred, quarter note = 100 bpm (also contained in the booklet)
A solo of your choice
Small Groups: A & B
The Small Groups help to dedicate a detailed work with students on similar levels of developing technique. These small groups will happen at separate times, depending on enrollment, scheduled during the first meeting on Feb. 2nd. Topics covered throughout the semester:
All Region Excerpts
All State Excerpts
Spring Semester 2022: Group Class Dates
02, 09, 16, 23
02, 09, 23, 30
Spring Break March 16th
06, 13, 20, 27
04, 11*, 18**
Group Class: Wednesdays
The combined Group Class meets on Wednesdays at 7pm CT, and will cover relevant information regarding the bass world and various musical subjects, including:
Double Bass History
Double Bass in the XXI Century
Jazz Double Bass
Double Bass making
Each class will be flexible throughout the year to best suit each student’s needs. Students are encouraged to invite friends to participate, since these classes are more beneficial with more participants.
Virtual Concert: Chamber Music Online
The Final Virtual Concert will happen on May 18th. We will perform the chamber music pieces we worked on throughout the semester, featuring individual performances by our students, and chamber groups.
The Mock Audition will be on May 11th. As a way to work on overcoming the nerves for an orchestra audition, we will have a mock audition with excerpts explained throughout the semester.
Mozart 40 1st Mov m115 - m138
Prokovief Romeo and Juliet
Beethoven Symphony No. 5 - 3rd Mov - Scherzo and Trio
Fee: $30 per weekly session, paid monthly
This amount includes your participation in the Group Lessons, Small Groups and Masterclasses, materials are not included.
The Virtual Bass 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 10% discount! Paying upfront for the semester gives you a 10% discount in all semester sessions for a total of $405.
(Total without discount $451; $46 savings!)
Decide what plan works best for you & use the PayPal buttons below to pay!
All payments must be made through PayPal.
*Payment in advance is due by the 3rd of each month*
Full Semester Tuition $405
The BCC will not accept weekly payments.
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.
For more information, please email: email@example.com
We have a few spots for partial scholarships on a case-by-case basis. Please submit a statement of purpose of approximately 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating how this scholarship can help you to develop your double bass technique.
Registration for Virtual Bass Conservatory
To enroll for the Virtual Bass Conservatory, follow these steps:
1. Fill out this Registration Form.
2. Pay for your full semester or monthly tuition via PayPal, using the buttons above
3. Submit your video to Google Drive or YouTube as an “unlisted” video and send the link to email@example.com
If you are interested in attending Conservatory classes or you have questions about the program, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out this form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!
The Bass &Cello Conservatory and the Virtual Bass Conservatory are services provided by the Bradetich Foundation.