Cory Palmer

Cory P.

Pittsburgh, PA

About Cory P.

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Cory teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: August 2004
Last sign in: Yesterday


I grew up around Atlanta, GA and started playing piano when I was around 7 years old and bass and guitar when I was 11. Most of my education has been on the upright bass. I've studied classical bass performance at major music schools on the east coast and in the midwest. I've studied and worked with musicians from many of the great orchestras around the world.

I enjoy working with students who are just coming to the bass, guitar, or piano for the first time and getting them started with music in a rewarding way as well as more advanced students that need finer musical direction or audition coaching.

*** Lesson Details ***
I try to keep a relaxed environment while still being motivating and inspiring. I tailor lessons around what the individual student's goals are. There are materials that I like to use with most students but I'm open to using anything that meets the needs and desires of the student.

I try to find a nice balance of technique work and music. It's important to develop healthy technique from the very beginning. It's very easy to develop bad habits that can have serious health risks down the road (i.e. tendonitis, carpal tunnel, back pain, etc.) that can make it difficult if not impossible to keep playing. I've spent many years undoing bad habits that I developed from the first years that I played bass without any formal instruction. Yoga, Alexander technique, massage, and many great teachers have helped me overcome the issues I had and have helped me develop healthy habits. I try to pass this education on to my students so that they can have an enjoyable and healthy experience with music for the rest of their lives.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano and music stand. Living room with seating for parents.

The students need to provide their own bass and bow or guitar and music.

*** Specialties ***
Classical. I have studied with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic and my teaching and playing reflect the traditions of these teachers and orchestras.


Section Bass

Jan 2016 - Present
Sarasota Opera

Section Bass

Nov 2012 - Present
West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Principal Bass

Oct 2012 - Present
Canton Symphony Orchestra

Assistant Principal Bass

Sep 2011 - Present
Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra


Performance Residency Program

Aug 2009 - Dec 2010
Carnegie Mellon University

Master of Music, Orchestral Performance Program

Aug 2007 - May 2009
Manhattan School of Music

Master of Music, Music Performance

Aug 2005 - May 2007
Peabody Conservatory (Johns Hopkins University)

Bachelor of Music, Music Performance

Aug 2001 - May 2005
Michigan State University
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15 Reviews on Cory P.

Skip F. Oct 18, 2016
Upright Bass · Online
Verified Student
This guy is terrific - patient, caring and knows how to teach. I'm actually beginning to be comfortable with a difficult instrument.
Skip F. Oct 4, 2016
Upright Bass · Online
Verified Student
This man is taking me through an exquisite struggle and building my confidence. Thanks!
Skip F. Sep 14, 2016
Upright Bass · Online
Verified Student
For the second time in a row we have been unable to coordinate the communication using this software or Facetime. Someone please get back to me.
Skip F. Sep 8, 2016
Upright Bass · Online
Verified Student
Cory was great. Unfortunately the software left something to be desired which we solved by switching to Face Time
Denise Sep 8, 2015
Piano · In studio
very patient, talented. My 5 years daughter likes him very much.
Angela R. Jun 16, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Patient teacher for a young beginner. Cory knows how to teach a young kid.
Matthew X. Apr 13, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient teacher.
Barry S. Nov 27, 2013
Verified Student
awesome teacher

great and very helpful teacher. his willingness to listen to your ideas is wonderful! couldn't have asked for a better teacher to learn from! grt job!
Jill D. Nov 1, 2013
Verified Student
Great piano teacher

Cory was willing to take on the challenge of teaching my 4 year old daughter piano. She has now been in lessons for 1 year and is doing far better than I had imagined she would be doing at this point. She is already reading music, playing with both hands at the same time, and playing chords. Cory is very patient and kind and my daughter really enjoys taking lessons with him.
Michelle S. May 4, 2013
Verified Student
caring, patient, reliable teacher

Always patient, positive and upbeat. Tailors the lesson plan to fit the needs of the individual. A lot of progress made this year!
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