I am a professional bass player with over 30 years of playing experience and close
to 25 years of teaching experience. Along the way I've helped numerous bass players
on PEI develop from a person with a bass to a functioning musician. I love guiding
students through thoughts of studying bass after high school, to months of audition
preparation, through university acceptance bliss, through hearing stories of success
from around the globe from former students - working, gigging, and now teaching
I work full time in IT, and have taught the bass programs at UPEI and Holland College. I'm a busy father of six,
but I love to make time for giving lessons in Jazz, Classical,
Funk, Rock, etc. on upright, fretted, or fretless bass.
I am also very happy to help with university audition prep, theory exam prep, and more.
Whether rock, funk, classical, or jazz, above all you shall groove.
Bass instruction (Upright and Electric) focused on:
Music theory instruction focused on:
- Proper technique application and development
- Ear training and transcription creation
- Various styles of chart reading (notes, fake book, chord analysis, and more )
- Practical application of theory concepts
- An easy common sense approach that relatively easy to understand
- Usability in everyday musical life in practice and in performance
- Simplified charts to organize important concepts
Devin Hornby - Professional Bassist, Bass Instructor at Holland College School of
"Deryl is a well-rounded and knowledgeable bass player who is also a great teacher.
He was a bass teacher of mine before I went on to study music at the post-secondary
level and I count him as one of the important musical mentors in my life."
Patrick Reid (bassist/composer - Fieldtrip, Christine/Ingrid Jensen, Joel Miller)
"Aside from his many accomplishments as a double and electric bassist, Deryl is
also a very gifted communicator. He was my first instructor on both of these instruments
and was instrumental in my early development as a reliable bassist."
Rheo Rochon, award-winning bassist, composer and producer based in Halifax. (Keith
Hallett, Cyndi Cain, The Chronos Band)
"Deryl's friendly, relaxed, and fun approach to teaching was a perfect fit for me,
and I always looked forward to our weekly lessons. His students greatly benefit
from his deep knowledge and understanding of music. In the space of just a year
he brought me from a non-reader who knew no theory to passing the entrance audition
to Humber College's music program."
James Wright - bass student at Holland College School of
Performing Arts, bassist for several local bands
"My high school music appreciation teacher recommended Deryl Gallant as a private bass instructor. I knew right away that taking lessons from him would be the best move
for me to make as a Bass Player. Those next couple of years I really learned the true roles of a bass player, how to take care of business and also how to be more creative on my instrument. Deryl taught me how to be my own musician, not just a band member in a group. It really helped set me up with the later decisions I made to apply and study at Holland College’s Music Performance Program. He has guided me through every question I had about not only becoming a bass player, but becoming a professional musician. "