Prep students playing minature double bassBeginning Double Bass Instruction

The recent development of miniature double basses (in graduated sizes similar to Suzuki violins and cellos) now enables children as young as five or six to begin studying this important orchestral instrument without losing years of potential study because of the instrument’s size. Previous musical experience is helpful but not necessary. Parental support, however, is essential (attendance at all lessons and guiding the daily home practice sessions).

An important addition to the private lesson is participation in a 28-week bass ensemble. This one-hour group lesson provides an opportunity not only to learn essential ensemble skills and techniques but also to gain experience in solo performance practice.

Instruments are available to borrow at no charge through the NEC Preparatory School.

For more information, please contact the Preparatory School office at or at (617) 585-1160.

Prep Bass EnsemblePrep Bass Ensemble

Christopher Rathbun, Instructor

Prep Bass Ensemble is open to beginner and advanced beginner double bass players. Students placed in this ensemble have mastered basic technical aspects of the instrument and have generally studied their instrument for at least 1-3 years. The music is specifically tailored to provide challenging individual parts. Emphasis is on ensemble playing, reading, and common repertoire. Fun will be required as needed.

For more information, please contact Christopher Rathbun at

Rehearals: Saturday, 3:00 - 4:00 PM