Double Bass or Cello with Simon Eastwood
Simon Eastwood is a composer and bass player from Wellington. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington. He also has an LRAM teaching diploma from the Royal Academy.
His doctoral project at the NZSM, Plant this Seed: Grow a Garden, revolved around ‘re-interpretive collaboration’ with non-classical musicians, poets, painters, dancers, and video artist. In this project, Simon invited collaborative partners from different backgrounds to transform one another’s work in order to create new pieces. He then analysed and compared the various outcomes.
Simon has a broad range of teaching experience, having taught double bass, cello, bass guitar, composition, and musicianship privately for over 15 years, and has worked with students from a range of ages and backgrounds.
As a bass player he regularly performs in a variety of contexts, playing in orchestras and chamber ensembles as well as rock, jazz and folk groups. As a composer, Simon has had works performed extensively around New Zealand, in the UK, Austria, Estonia, Romania, Bulgaria,Turkey, Lithuania, and Korea, as well as in the United States. Education is an important aspect of Simon’s musical life, and he often combines this interest with his composing practice. In 2018 he was commission to write Infinity Mirror for Arohanui Strings together with Orchestra Wellington.
As a teacher Simon draws on a number of teaching philosophies, particularly Paul Harris’ concept of ‘simultaneous learning’, with each lesson tailored to the individual students’ needs. Having performed and written music for a variety of contexts, he understands that there isn’t just one way to make music and believes in a holistic approach emphasising music as a communal activity. Formal elements like sight-reading, analysis and technique are taught in combination with improvisation, aural skills, and musicianship, providing providing a nuanced appreciation of musical style while also building fundamental skills which create a well-rounded musician.
Photo Credit; Nigel Luckhurst
Timetable and Enrolment
Term 4 2023
Scots College Creative and Performing Arts Centre Music Rooms
All ages from 8 years
$400 for half hour lessons for 9 weeks or pro-rata if term started already