Harmony Music House

Bass & Cello Lessons

Bradley Morse - Upright & Electric Bass

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and raised in Valparaiso, FL Bradley has been involved with music since the age of 11. His first instrument was the Oboe which he continued through early high school. He started on the electric bass when he was 15 and developed an interest in Jazz late in high school. He went on to study and attain a Jazz studies degree at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL. While attending school he was heavily involved with the classical string, voice, and Jazz programs. A few of the masterclasses he attended and participated in were with John Clayton, Christian Mcbride, Tokyo string quartet, Ranann Meyer, and Hans Jorgen Jensen. Upon moving to Colorado in summer of 2013 he has been an active musician of the Front Range music scene. Currently he is in three different groups (Masontown, Gasoline Lollipops and Lonesome Days) and also freelances with other groups on occasion in Colorado's diverse music scene.

 

Danah Olivetree - Cello (Beginner to Advanced)

Danah Olivetree has a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University where she studied cello with Hans Jorgen-Jensen. She has performed in orchestras at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Seattle's Benaroya Hall. 
Danah has also performed and recorded with dozens of bands, including acts as diverse as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Suzanne Vega, DJ Spooky, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. As a touring musician she has played hundreds of shows around North America and Europe.

Danah loves teaching violin, viola, and cello. She believes that by teaching good technique, basic music theory, and the ability to problem-solve, each student will be empowered and equipped with the tools for effective independent practice. She also believes that musicianship is technical, intellectual, and emotional, and strives to engage all three aspects in each lesson. 

In addition to teaching and playing music, Danah enjoys cooking, solving crossword puzzles, and shooting pool.

 

Dylan McCarthy - Electric Bass (beginner to advanced)

With over 16 years experience playing and performing, Dylan's musical background is deep and diverse. Beginning with classical piano at the age of 7, he has explored a breadth of musical genres and instruments. His high school years were steeped in classic rock and roll, cutting his teeth in Denver dive bars at 14. He hit a turning point at 18 with his decision to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in 2012 for electric bass, while simultaneously discovering his love for mandolin and bluegrass music. Since then, Dylan has established himself in Colorado as a hard-working professional in the bluegrass music scene with his fierce guitar flat-picking, finesse on the mandolin and strong vocal presence.

 

 

Jacob Passini - Cello & Electric Bass

Jacob Passini is a passionate musician with 18-years of Cello/Bass-playing experience both academically and professionally.

Classical cello is Jacob’s primary influence, but jazz, blues, and rock are also part of his playing style.  During his musical training, he’s studied under  prominent cellists such as Nina Gordon, Adriana la Rosa Ransom, Charlotte Williams Muir, and William Cernota.  Internationally, he also worked directly with Tomas traši and Karen Becker in the Czech Republic during the 2005 Ameropa Festival

Jacob has always enjoyed teaching. He teaches with the belief that to really learn an instrument, you should not only be working towards mastering the next step - whether it’s a technique or classical piece, but always have fun while playing.

Believing that it is important for students to feel the natural flow of music, Jacob teaches with the goal that each student can “be the music” instead of playing notes on a sheet of paper. He has always been a cellist/bassist who plays with emotion and can tell a story with his instrument.

In addition to playing Cello & Bass, Jacob enjoys playing guitar and hiking with his dog Peppers.