John Tuck

String Bass & Electric Bass Faculty
String Bass
Electric Bass
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Mr. Tuck is a graduate of Northwestern University, attaining both his Bachelor of Music in Performance, and his Master of Music in Performance.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Although John had many influential and talented mentors over the years, Joeseph Guastafeste, Warren Benfield, and Jeffrey Bradetich are a few that had a large impact on his career.

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

Mr. Tuck's teaching philosophy is one that uses traditional methods, while also paying attention to whether or not those methods are effective methods for his students in order to ensure they learn the material in the best way possible.

"I use traditional established teaching methods (including Suzuki materials when appropriate) but adjust my approach to fit each student's individual needs, strengths and interests. I also incorporate elements of ear training, basic piano and jazz theory as necessary."

Awards and achievements: 

Mr. Tuck has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Ars Viva, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, Northlight Theater, Mannheim Steamroller, and the Three Tenors. He has also participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Festival Dei Due Mondi (in Spoleto, Italy) and the Woodstock Mozart Festival.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Currently, John Tuck is a member of the Lake Forest Symphony, assistant principal bass of the Northwest Indiana Symphony, and assistant principal bass of the Des Moines Metro Opera summer festival. He is also a founding member of both the Amadeus Consort, which maintains an active Baroque chamber music series - and Tiempo Tango which performs traditional Argentine tango.

Favorite quote: 

"It is ok to make a mistake as long as you don't make the same mistake twice."