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Steve Freides
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Ridgewood, NJ
Music Teacher

Steve Freides

Male, from Ridgewood, NJ

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  • About

    Ridgewood, NJ
    Music Teacher
    Current Setup:
    Double Basses:

    Carved Juzek (~1925)
    Carved Eberle (usually rented out to a student)
    Roma Hybrid
    Unknown ~1950 Plywood German
    Several 1/4 size (usually rented out to students)

    2 Tom Owen French
    1 Tom Owen German
    Several other, entry-level

    Acoustic Image Ten2 combo amp
    GK 200MB combo amp
    Phil Jones Double Four compact combo amp

    Fishman Platinum Preamp

    Fender Squire Precision Electric Bass
    Favorite Genres:
    Everything - grew up playing jazz guitar, college as a classical guitarist, then a singer, then a choral conductor, and I like jazz and classical and everything in between.
    Gigs and Ensembles:
    Ridgewood Concert Band, Ridgewood, NJ
    Ridgewood High School Jamboree (see http://rhsjamboree.org)
    Various concerts in schools accompanying projects of my wife
    Previously Owned Gear:
    Paladino Upright Bass
    G.A.S. List:
    A nice, professional-level, orchestral bass. I just got a Juzek, which is almost but not quite what I need.
    Influences and Teachers:
    My good friend, Sue Williams
    Jeremy McCoy, my current teacher and assistant principal at the Met.
    Hobbies and Interests:
    I am a Senior Instructor at StrongFirst (http://strongfirst.com)
    I am a competitive powerlifter, specializing in the deadlift, in the old, skinny guy class.
    Private Music Teacher
    Available for Instruction?:
    • Bass Guitar Instruction
    • Double Bass Instruction
    Teaching Credentials:
    Theory Faculty at Mannes College of Music in NYC for 10 years. Masters from Mannes College, D.Ma. from SUNY Stony Brook. Private teacher since 1971.
    I give music lessons in our living room for most of my living, teaching double bass, electric bass, guitar in all styles (grew up playing jazz, majored in classical guitar at college), piano, trumpet and French Horn.

    I arrange, and accompany for my wife, Bronwen Eastwood, in her position as drama and music teacher.

    For the Jewish High Holy Days, I have been director of choir, an a capella octet, since 1979, at Temple Sinai in Dresher, PA, near where I grew up.

    I am Organist and Music Director at Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church in Upper Saddle River, NJ.

    I served on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music in NYC for 10 years in all three of its divisions: College, Extension, and Preparatory.

    Since 2011, I have been volunteer arranger and band director for Ridgewood Jamboree, a big, annual, charity musical review put on by parents of Ridgewood High School students that raises about $100,000 of scholarship funds each year.

    Since 2013, I take private double bass lessons from Jeremy McCoy, assistant principal at the Metropolitan Opera in NYC.

    In addition to my musical activities, a near-crippling back injury in 1997 introduced me to the world of strength, and I am currently a Senior Instructor at StrongFirst, where I teach at instructor certification training several times a year. I also see private students of strength in our home on a limited basis.
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