Learn Double Bass

Playing double bass is an adventure that will take you to many worlds of music.  Janet is an experienced teacher, a graduate of Manhattan School of Music (B. Mus.), the Conservatoire Régionale de Musique (Toulouse, France) and the University of Michigan (M. Mus.) She has taught the bass sections of the Huron High Orchestras since 2011, as well as numerous private students in Mexico, France and Michigan.

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Learn Viola da Gamba

The gamba, or viol, offers a passport into our past, with its repertory spanning three centuries of music of the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and even Modern eras. Often appealing to adult beginners and to dedicated amateurs, the three most common sizes– treble, tenor and bass– offer a wealth of possibilities. Janet studied viol in France with a leading teacher and has been teaching all three instruments for many years.


Music Learning

Whether you want to learn bass for orchestra, contemporary music genres or for whatever strikes your fancy, Janet offers lessons tailored to your needs and desires. She has taught many adult beginners, and loves working with young people of all ages. Her Suzuki training coupled with her studies with the amazing soloist François Rabbath  have led her to develop an approach focused on empowering each student in their own way.

The loan of a full set of viols, a unique opportunity offered by the Viola da Gamba Society of America, let Janet offer introductory viol lessons to students at the Community Music School, Huron and Skyline High Schools.

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The Huron High Bass Section at Interlochen

Traveling with the amazing Huron High Orchestras to Interlochen is a highlight of Janet’s musical summer.

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Kids love trying out the treble!

Janet also subs in local schools, and often takes it along to introduce them to the sound and to age-old tunes- Greensleeves is always a hit!

basses at Interlochen


About Janet

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Janet has performed as a soloist and an accompanist in Mexico, France and the US. She was privileged to study the viol with Philippe Pierlot in Europe and with Enid Sutherland in Ann Arbor, and is a member of the Viola da Gamba Society of America.

Janet has also performed as a bass soloist in modern and early music, with a special love for baroque style on the bass. Her wide-ranging interests have also led her to play in orchestras in Mexico, France and the US, and to produce editions of music for bass.

Jan with bass