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Adam Lowdermilk
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Adam Lowdermilk

What I teach

drum set
jazz improvisation
bass guitar
double bass

I accept children as students.



My bio

Adam Lowdermilk is a passionate performer, improviser, composer and educator demonstrating a high level of proficiency in a myriad of musical styles. Having studied Jazz at UC Santa Cruz, Adam recently completed the MFA program in Music Performance and Literature at Mills College where he was awarded the Hellman Award for Performance and the Biggerstaff Award. Adam has had the honor of sharing the stage with many wonderful musicians such as Roscoe Mitchell, Zeena Parkins, Larry Dunlap, Johnny Carson, Karlton Hester, Tammi Brown, and Willie Winant, to name a few. Currently Adam performs with a variety of groups throughout the Bay Area including Albino! Afrobeat and the Adelik Trio.

Interested in learning Double Bass or Electric Bass in a fun and encouraging environment? Look no further! Whether you are a total beginner who wants to learn the basics or a seasoned player looking for some direction, this is the place for you.

Lessons are catered specifically towards the interests of each student, and will include constructing a detailed lesson plan that maps out goals and helps you reach them promptly. My aim is to provide a solid foundation of technique, theory, practical application, and most importantly, fun! We can also work on reading, walking bass, improvising, slapping, learning songs, or anything else you’d like.

I can confidently say that my biggest strength as a teacher is a high level of dedication towards the success of my students. I spend a lot of time outside of lessons preparing unique materials for each student, and always strive hard to see them improve, enjoying the process as they go along.

I teach at Freelove Music School on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, and also do in home lessons. Feel free to contact me with any questions. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Here are some reviews from some of my wonderful students…

“Where do I start…Adam is a terrific teacher, an outstanding musician, and a great guy. I love Adam’s teaching style. He uses a combination of theory, technical skill building, and FUN! – playing music. Adam will make you feel comfortable and confident allowing you to explore music without second guessing yourself. As a musician he is amazing; he excels in all styles of music! If you want to learn how to play bass, call Adam and get started – you won’t regret it.��?

-Aron M

“Adam is an exceptional teacher! He’s well-prepared, thorough, professional, and immediately makes you feel at ease. He works at your pace and modifies his instruction based on your needs, skill level, and wants. I have a specific genre of music I want to learn and he was open to helping me with that as well as giving me a good foundation in basic theory. He’s also super flexible with scheduling and very fair in price. So glad I found him and rediscovered my love for the bass again!��?

-Lia T

“Adam is fine bass player and instructor. As an ‘adult learner’ I appreciate his willingness to start out with the bassics (pun intended!) and build from there. His enthusiasm is contagious and I’m making great progress with his help. I recommend him highly.��?

-Jim T


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Oakland, CA

I am willing to teach at the student's residence.



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