Nicholas Krolak

Specializing in Upright Bass and Electric Bass
B.A. in Jazz Performance; Moravian College
Currently obtaining Masters; Temple University
In-Home and Studio Lessons

I teach Upright and Electric Bass. I received my B.A. in Jazz Performance from DSC_0057Moravian College in 2008, and I am currently in the Jazz Studies Masters Program at Temple University. I have toured extensively with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Jessi Teich, The Frank Giasullo/Art Themen Quartet, and My Son Bison. As a teacher, I am able to teach any style while cultivating strong fundamentals.

An interview with Nicholas:

When did you begin playing bass, and why?:
I began playing bass late in high school because a friend of mine had a band and needed a bass player. In retrospect, my motivation was to be cool. It wasn’t until college that I began to take music seriously.


What are your personal goals as a musician?:
I want to continue to learn and grow as a musician, to play for as long as I can with as many great players as I can.


Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked?  Something you’ll remember forever?:
The summer after my junior year in college I began to gig regularly with players that were considerably better than me. I remember going back to school in the fall and every one noticed a huge difference in my playing. I hadn’t noticed because the change had been gradual, but it soon became clear to me that learning on the bandstand goes a long way. 


Here’s Nicholas playing some upright bass in one of his recent projects:

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?:
A teacher once told me that “music is great fun, but it is also a great responsibility”. I also like the saying “the master has failed more times than the student has tried”.


What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?:
I had a pretty serious injury to my left hand that I had to overcome. It took about 5 years to get the strength and dexterity totally back. I had to relearn some things in order to adjust, and then relearn again, after I healed. 


What is your biggest musical achievement?:
My biggest musical achievement is just being a professional musician.


Favorite thing about teaching?:
I find that teaching is reciprocal. While the teacher teaches to the student, so does the student to the teacher.


What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?:
Take small steps and focus on the details. It is better to learn one thing very well, then it is to learn ten things poorly.


Personal music projects: i.e. bands, groups, shows, recording, etc. (if any):
My Son Bison, Jessi Teich, Rob Henderson’s “H Factor”