Traditional, Rock, Jazz Bass Lessons for Youth through Adults

Bass Guitar, Double Bass, String Bass
Our bass program includes lessons for both electric bass guitar, double bass, and string bass, for youth through adults. String bass lessons may focus on traditional classical styles, or explore jazz studies in lead sheet reading, improvisation, and scale techniques.

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Our Bass Faculty

Bob Ferraris

Bass Instructor


With over 40 years of experience on acoustic and electric bass, Bob Ferraris consistently demonstrates uncommon versatility and musical energy. A native of Joliet, IL., Bob began his musical journey initially on alto saxophone before switching to bass. Since then he has studied with Ted Sparks (Stan Kenton Orchestra), Harold Siegal (Chicago Symphony Orchestra and NBC radio and television), Warren Benfield (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Brad Opland (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), and Joe Guastafeste, Principle of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Beginning in 1985, Bob was selected to co-principle the bass section in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and held the position for four years. Previously, he worked as a staff musician for Disneyland and performed with Clark Terry and other notable jazz artists.

Bob studied music at Northern University, University of Illinois, and Lewis University, and is presently on staff at Lewis University as an instructor for string and electric bass, directing their Bass Ensemble and working with pep band, jazz combo, and as lower string coach. Bob is also a busy freelance musician and performs and records frequently with a vast array of ensembles including the Rockford Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony and the New Philharmonic, ensemble in residence at McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage.

Zachary Goforth

Drums, Voice, Bass Instructor


Zach Goforth is a multi-instrumentalist from Aurora, IL. He received a B.A. in Music Performance from Trinity Christian College, with focus on vocal and percussion studies. Zach has played and taught professionally for over 15 years. As a drummer, Zach has been hired to play at many youth camps, youth conferences, church music conferences, and regularly for various churches. Zach has done five tours of the U.S., smaller tours to Nashville and New York City, and continues to do live and recording session work in the Chicagoland area.

Since 2003, Zach has also worked as the Student Music Director for various churches including Community Christian Church in Montgomery and Naperville, IL, working with Jr. High and High School students. Zach brings his many years of experience as professional performer and working alongside youth into his private lessons.