Michael Shiono is a Bay Area bass player, music director and educator currently residing in Oakland.
Michael has taught at UC BERKELEY via their Young Musician's Program since 2010. Michael also teaches bass at OAKLAND SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS.
Michael's bass students have gone on to top universities/ conservatories around the country and have received over a quarter million dollars in scholarships.
Michael has served as musical director for 2 time Grammy award winner, Jennifer Holliday. Michael has also worked with a wide range of artists including; Rita Moreno, Kenny Garrett, Spencer Day, Patrice Rushen and Joan Rivers, as well as Bay Area groups; Rupa & the April Fishes, Bayonics, Sila, Bang Data, La Gente, and the 415's.
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I began studying music at the age of 7, though I didn't discover the bass until I was 16. Up until then I played the saxophone until one day I heard an amazing local bass player! He told me to check out Jaco Pastorius' self titled album. It took me 3 months to consider his suggestion, but I remember stumbling across the album, listening to it only to say - this was the sound I was hearing in my head! Getting this sound became my everything! I was so passionate and obsessed I begged a friend to load me his Fender Precision. I cut my teeth on that bass and listened to Jazz records all day and night for two years straight.
During my college years, the Jaco phase ended, and I went through this same immersion process with other bass players, notably; James Jamerson, Pino Palladino, and Derrick Hodge, and on upright; Ray Brown, Paul Chambers and Avishai Cohen.
Since 2010 I have been teaching bass, big band and jazz studies at UC Berkeley via their Young Musician's Program. Graduates of the program are admitted to top US University music programs regularly most on a full or partial scholarship. YMP graduates boast some of the top names in the jazz world today. My students have successfully transitioned on to master teachers such as Bob Hurst and Rodney Whitaker.
I am firm believer in the student-teacher relationship and these lessons will help you no matter if you're a beginner or a professional.
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