Academy Double Bass Major

Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school offers student double bassists a program of pre-professional music training and college preparatory academics. Double bass students graduate well-prepared for the rigors of study at the university and conservatory level.

The double bass course of study is designed to provide for technical and musical growth according to the individual needs and abilities of each student.

The double bass major requirements include:

Private Lesson and Studio

Students are to organize their practice time in order to master their assignment of scales, etudes, orchestra music and solo repertoire. Each student’s assignment will be individually determined based on the student’s experience and goals.


Vade Mecum by George Vance 
Bowing Technique for Double Bass, vol. 1 by Klaus Trumpf
Simplified Higher Technique for Double Bass by F. Petracchi
Kreutzer Etudes arr. for bass by E. Nanny 
110 studies for Double Bass by W. Sturm 
Gradas ad Parnassum by F. Simandl


Derek Weller

Visiting Instructor of Double Bass, Interlochen Arts Academy; Faculty, Interlochen Double Bass Institute

M.M., B.M., Performance, University of Michigan; Interlochen Arts Academy graduate