Chris Bonner

Chris B.

Bronx, NY
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have a Bachelor's in Music performance, for which I received extensive theory education. I also have been applying that knowledge for decades through transcription, arrangement, and musical direction for various groups.

About Chris B.

I'm a bass player, educator, composer, arranger and band leader living in Brooklyn, NY, and am active in a diverse group of projects that include polka, jazz, classical, and commercial music. I've been teaching double bass and electric bass for 20 years, and have recently added synth bass to my lesson repertoire. I grew up playing orchestral music, jazz, and rock throughout high school, and attended NYU Jazz Performance program, from which I graduated in 2005. While there I studied with a variety of teachers including John Scofield, Mike Richmond, Billy Hart, and Ron McClure.

I've performed with a wide variety of acts, including The Lone Bellow, Grace McLean (Marya in Broadway's "The Great Comet of 1812"), Major Attaway (Genie in Broadway's "Aladdin"), Donnell James Foreman, (Broadway's "The Book Of Mormon"), and I'm currently the Musical Director for Melanie Penn and Porter and Sayles. I've appeared in performance on ABC's "The Chew" and "The Bachelor," and perform regularly with New York City's most renown Polka Band, The Polka Brothers.

I've thoroughly enjoyed working and growing as a musician, and I'm passionate about helping others do the same. I currently teach at NYU, as well as occasional programs at the Turtle Bay Music School in Manhattan.


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3 Reviews
Alex S.
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He's very knowledgeable and able to adapt to the student's needs. I highly recommend him.

Posted Feb 15, 2020
Andy O.
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Chris is really knowledgeable and a great teacher. I’m excited to get to work with him on an instrument I’ve always wanted to play.

Posted Nov 6, 2019
Andy H.
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Andy loved his lesson and is excited for the next one! Thanks!

Posted Jul 25, 2019

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Musical Director and Bass Player
Oct 2017 - Present

Melanie Penn

Playing bass, running rehearsal, building track, etc.

Musical Director and Bass Player
May 2016 - Present

Porter and Sayles

Building and running backing track, scheduling and running rehearsals, playing bass

Band Director
Oct 2015 - Present

New York University

I arrange music and direct performances for NYU's event bands.


Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance)
Sep 2001 - May 2005

New York University

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