About the Bass Studio

At The University of Southern Mississippi, students experience the highest standards of performance in both classical and jazz areas. Double bass and electric bass students are exposed to a broad range of literature during their coursework. Students learn the standard solo and orchestral repertoire as well as jazz (Jazz Studies Students). The studio’s curriculum concentrates on technical foundation, achieved by development of tone and technique.

Bass lessons are weekly (50 minutes) individual sessions and students are expected to work on technical exercises, etudes, excerpts and solos. The studio’s main objective is to prepare students to a successful professional career by developing technical facility and artistic excellence. Jazz students will be required to excel on both electric bass and double bass.

In the past 7 years, the studio has hosted workshops, residencies and our renowned Bass Symposium with important pedagogues and performers. Most notably, students had the opportunity to spend a week working and performing with guest artists François Rabbath and Frank Proto. The studio has also hosted Jeff Bradetich, Paul Ellison, Michael Cameron, Miloslav Hrdlik, John Pena, Oscar Stagnaro and Paulo Gomes.

If you are a prospective student, please browse the information posted online and be certain to register for an audition day under the "Future Students" tab on the music homepage. Scholarships and assistantships are very competitive. I encourage you to apply before February 1 so you have a better chance of receiving some financial assistance. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Dr. Marcos Machado
Associate Professor of Music
Bass Studio, School of Music
The University of Southern Mississippi

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