My teaching methods will vary depending on skill level. I believe it is essential to develop sufficient technique on any instrument as a foremost goal and so if you are new to the instrument we will start there. I have a broad understanding of world music/musical theory spanning many different genres (specializing in jazz). I approach each lesson with structure but I have lots of room for flexibility and I am open to help people learn whatever musical style that they are most passionate about. My lessons can be geared to players of all ages and skill levels. I have lots of experience teaching newer students because I have a strong method to develop technique that my teachers have passed onto me. I also love to work with intermediate and more advanced players diving into more complex subject matter and musical conceptions. Though I specialize in bass, I also offer beginner to intermediate acoustic guitar lessons and have lots of experience teaching children and adults the basics of guitar. I would love to hear from you and help you or your child develop this craft and discover love for this beautiful artform we call music.
I have taught music classes at McGill University and specialize in 1 on 1 music instruction. During the pandemic I have shifted my classes to zoom lessons and have adapted to teach subject matter online in an efficient way. I have been teaching beginner to advanced players for the last 10 years because I really enjoy music pedagogy and the reward of seeing my students progress on their instrument. Aside from teaching, I am a professional jazz musician active in the Montreal music scene both as a sideman and as a leader. I have studied music my entire life and have completed an Undergrad Degree in Music Performance from Humber College and hold a Masters Degree with honors in Music Performance from McGill University. My future goal is to teach Jazz at a post secondary institution and be an active artist in the music scene. I have had my music played on numerous radio programs (including CBC) and featured in editorial Spotify playlists.
2019-2020 Band Leader
Lead a band of professional musicians and showcase original music
2018 Jazz Ensemble Director, McGill University
Instruct undergrad students in a combo setting
Create a curriculum and lead students in a showcase concert
2017-2018 McGill University Big Band
Rhythm section principal bassist
2015-2016 Humber College Big Band
Rhythm section principal bassist
2012-2020 Professional Freelance Jazz Bassist
Play in a variety of settings and configurations as a freelance bassist
2012-2020 Private Music Lesson Instructor
Teach beginner/intermediate/advanced students
2017-2019 Jazz Performance M.Music (Honors), McGill University, Montreal, QC
2012-2016 Bachelor of Music Degree (Honors), Humber College, Toronto, ON
2019 Chapter One - McGill M.Music Thesis Submission and Debut Jazz Album
Chapter One is a bookmark for Marshal Herridge in his musical journey. The album pays
tribute to his musical studies and is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition and straight ahead
hard bop playing. On this recording, the upright bass is featured as a solo instrument within
a traditional jazz quartet setting. The album is a compilation of Marshal's compositions and
is a clear representation of his voice both as a player and as a composer. Featuring: Andre
White (piano), Sam Kirmayer (guitar), Guillaume Pilote (drums).
Marshal Herridge is a Vancouver born Jazz Bassist currently residing in Montreal, Canada.
He has performed with some of North America's leading jazz musicians including Andre
White, Kirk MacDonald, Joe Sullivan, Kevin Dean, Al McClean, Remi Bolduc, Dave Laing,
Lorne Lofsky, Peter Bernstein, John Scofield, Donny McCaslin, Dick Oatts, Pat Labarbera,
Larry Goldings, Brian Dickinson amongst others.
To continue developing my craft as a double jazz bassist. In the future, I wish to record many
more albums as a band leader/accompanist, and play in venues across Canada and the world.
I also desire to spend some time in Manhattan, NY to study with world class jazz musicians
before returning to Canada to pursue a teaching career in a post-secondary jazz institution.
2017 Full tuition scholarship to McGill M.Music Thesis program
2017 $50,000 admission scholarship to Manhattan School of Music for the Master of
Music (MM) program in Jazz Double Bass
2016 Oscar Peterson Prize – Awarded to a student with exceptional music ability, with
high academic achievement, and demonstrated leadership among his peers,
Humber College, Toronto
Multiple CBC radio broadcasting appearances for my own original music
“All About Jazz” four star album review
Appeared on official spotify playlists
Led a band at the 2019 Montreal International Jazz Festival
Perfect! My son has been learning the bass guitar by ear for a couple years. Within a few lessons, Marshal was able to assess his skillset and start teaching him the theory behind reading and ultimately creating music. I can definitely see and hear my son's renewed confidence in his guitar skills.
Marshal is patient, punctual, easy to work with, and has great passion for music. I would highly recommend Marshal as a music tutor.
Jordan already has the basics down. He is a very very quick learner and has strong ears and the ability to pick up new material easily. As with a lot of students that learn by ear, they need to develop strong theory skills as well. This is the next step for Jordan as we look to broaden his sense of music through and Guitar/Bass.
On top of being a great dude, Marshal is an outstanding bassist and educator, who displays a vast amout of knowledge across many different musical genres. Whether you are just starting out, looking to get deep into Scott Lafaro jazz solo (or anything in between), look no further, Marshal is your guy!
Marshal is a wonderfully talented young man. He is a master at what he does, and shares it well.
Having worked with Marshal for many years I can highly recommend him as a bassist, composer, and educator.
Marshal's knowledge, experience and deep commitment to the upright bass is what sets him apart as an educator.
I'm impressed by his releases in jazz / folk / country and other genres as well as his overall versatility as a player. Be sure to check out his book on Scott Lafaro style techniques!
Marshal has truly opened the bass guitar for me! Whether we are working on songs, technique, song writing or music theory he notices what I am missing and has beastly recommendations that make a difference. Its also nice to have a teacher who can satisfy my interest in blues, folk and jazz! He's got a masters in jazz bass performance from Mcgill, so yeah he knows what he's doing! I would easily recommend Marshal to any intermediate player who wants the keys to unlocking their instrument.
Marshall is a passionate, knowledgable and fun music teacher. He's able to take some of the more boring subjects and explain them in a clear and entertaining way. Highly recommend!
He is truly a wonderful musician and teacher. He mastered very sophiscate harmony and theory. He is a multiple instrumentalist. He is soft spoken and patient teacher. He has an interesting way of looking at music and works hard for the students. I highly recomend him.
Marshall is an accomplished Musician with expertise in jazz, pop, country, and other contemporary styles. Marshall is an expert of technique on the upright bass. In all of my experiences playing with Marshall, his eminent musicianship has elevated the level of the ensemble. He's also a 'super chill dude' trust me.
I've had the pleasure of knowing Marshal for 6 years now. He is very kind, patient, has a great sense of humour, and explains concepts very well. Marshal would make an excellent teacher.
Marshall Herridge is an extremely talented and promising bass player who I’ve had the privilege to play with. He is an incredible human being: one who can make you laugh but is also serious, responsible and willing to teach the broad knowledge he capitalized during his career.
In one word: wow. Marshal is probably the best bass teacher I'vee ever had! He analyzed my shortcomings and gave me really good exercises to overcome them! Thanks again Marshal!
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