freelance guitarist and bassist resume example with 18+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK
  • Home: (555) 432-1000
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Highly motivated musician with a comprehensive background in performance, composition, arranging and instruction. More than 10 years as a soloist and has played with an extensive list of different ensembles and artists.

  • Broad range of musical styles
  • Strong improvising ability
  • Music theory knowledge
  • Special events performances
  • Expressive
  • Poised
  • Organized
  • Strong attention to detail
: Professional Music - Guitar , Expected in 2016
Berklee College of Music - Boston, MA

Private instruction with Mike Williams. Studies in composition, arranging, performance, songwriting, business, and electronic production.

: Arranging, Expected in 2012
Berklee Online - Online,

Furthered knowledge in arranging of all styles for different types of ensembles while using Finale.

: Guitar Performance, Expected in 2008
Atlanta Institute of Music - Atlanta, GA
High School Diploma: General Education, Expected in 2007
Hope Christian School - Augusta, GA
: Guitar and Bass, Expected in 2013
Private Instruction with Mike Frost - Aiken, SC

furthered knowledge in techniques, theory, composition, performance, and developing a teaching style.

: Voice , Expected in 2013
Private Instruction with Jan Little - Augusta, GA

Worked on sight singing and various vocal techniques.

Built large repertoire of Classical and Broadway songs for performance.

: Guitar , Expected in 2007
Private Instruction with Geoff Guthrie - Augusta, GA
: Guitar , Expected in 2004
Private Instruction with Ben Herman - Augusta, GA
Freelance Guitarist and Bassist, 2003 to Current
Bert Cheshire MusicCity, STATE,

Performed and recorded with a wide range of musicians utilizing all styles and ensemble formats.

Guitar / Bass Instructor, 05/2012 to 2013
Portman's Music AcademyCity, STATE,

Taught and instructed beginner to advanced guitar and bass with a background in music theory and performance.

Taught group classes of up to 15 students.

Taught private Instruction in 30 and 60 minute lessons.

Provided accompaniment for student recitals and performances.

Guitar Instructor, 02/2012 to 2013
East Aiken School Of The ArtsCity, STATE,

Taught and Instructed 3rd - 5th graders on how to play the guitar as well providing them a background in music theory and performance.

Managed class size of 15 students.

Performed as an accompanist for student recitals.

Band Leader / Manager, 07/2011 to 2013
University Of South Carolina Aiken - Jazz ComboCity, STATE,

Held auditions to select performers for musical presentations.

Scheduled and ran rehearsals.

Performed background music for live shows such as musical theater productions, fund-raisers, and pageants.

Booked band to play events on and off school campus.

Transcribed musical compositions to adapt and arrande them for the ensemble.

On Staff Musician, 07/2011 to 2013
University Of South Carolina - AikenCity, STATE,

Performed with orchestras, choirs and bands.

Performed as a soloist with and as a member of the USCA Jazz Big Band.

Rhythm section leader of the big band.

Sight-read difficult music accurately and at tempo as an accompanist and performer.

Performances on whichever was needed guitar or bass.

Helped students prepare material to be performed.

Guitarist / Writer / Manager, 2009 to 04/2011
Capsule Corp.City, STATE,

Wrote original music to be performed and recorded.

Played a variety of music with a broad stylistic range and improvisatonial flexibility.

Featured at numerous festivals and concerts both locally and regionally.

Scheduled and ran rehearsals, booked performances for band, handled band accounting.

Bassist, 04/2003 to 04/2007
Greater Works MinistriesCity, STATE,

Played bass for a variety of religious services.

Provided accompaniment for church choirs and other musicians participating in worship.

Technical Skills
Microsft Word and Powerpoint Visually stimulating documents and presentations 15
Guitar and Bass Upkeep Truss Road Adjustments and String Changing 11
Live Sound Engineering Mixing, Live Recording, Troubleshooting 10
Social Media Marketing and Promoting Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, MySpace 7
Finale Scores and arrangemnts of all styles 2

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School Attended

  • Berklee College of Music
  • Berklee Online
  • Atlanta Institute of Music
  • Hope Christian School
  • Private Instruction with Mike Frost
  • Private Instruction with Jan Little
  • Private Instruction with Geoff Guthrie
  • Private Instruction with Ben Herman

Job Titles Held:

  • Freelance Guitarist and Bassist
  • Guitar / Bass Instructor
  • Guitar Instructor
  • Band Leader / Manager
  • On Staff Musician
  • Guitarist / Writer / Manager
  • Bassist


  • High School Diploma

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