Cory Palmer

Cory P.

Rochester, NY
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have been the principal bassist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra since 2017. Upright bass is the only instrument that I perform on professionally but I've been playing piano since I was seven years old. My teaching is influenced by a lot of my experience as a professional upright bass player. I start off my young piano students in the Piano Adventures books and I start adults in the Bastian Piano for Adults. Both of these series give a solid foundation and present new concepts at a good pace. I also use materials by Bartok, Hanon, Czerny, and other composers to fit individual students' needs.

About Cory P.

I have been the principal bassist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra since 2017 and professor of double bass at Nazareth College since 2019.

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.


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20 Reviews
Kaden F.
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Cory was an awesome & patient piano teacher for my 4 year old son. He did hands on training and gave him work to do on his own which helped tremendously! Thanks Cory!!!!

Posted Jun 28, 2017
Skip F.
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My experience with Cory has been excellent. He is a good teacher who knows how to keep me going and understands my goals. I have temporarily with- drawn from the program as the erratic nature of my life and travel requirements makes it difficult for me to schedule reliably. Also, some problems with the communication software have, at times, made the learning difficult. Please understand that my decision to stop is in no way a reflection on Cory or his teaching ability. I will be glad to re-connect with him when conditions permit.

Posted Feb 23, 2017
Skip F.
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This guy is terrific - much more patient than I could be. Every time I start to hide in a comfort zone he finds a way to push me out of it and make me improve.

Posted Jan 17, 2017
Skip F.
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This man is very patient with me who is a guy with somewhat limited talent. He knows his stuff and communicates very well.

Posted Dec 20, 2016
Skip F.
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This guy is terrific - patient, caring and knows how to teach. I'm actually beginning to be comfortable with a difficult instrument.

Posted Oct 18, 2016
Skip F.
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This man is taking me through an exquisite struggle and building my confidence. Thanks!

Posted Oct 4, 2016
Skip F.
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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.

Posted Sep 14, 2016
Skip F.
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Cory was great. Unfortunately the software left something to be desired which we solved by switching to Face Time

Posted Sep 8, 2016
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very patient, talented. My 5 years daughter likes him very much.

Posted Sep 8, 2015
Angela R.
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Patient teacher for a young beginner. Cory knows how to teach a young kid.

Posted Jun 16, 2015
Matthew X.
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Very patient teacher.

Posted Apr 13, 2015
Barry S.

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!

Posted Nov 27, 2013
Jill D.

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.

Posted Nov 1, 2013
Michelle S.

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!

Posted May 4, 2013
Shyam N.


Excellent person and a great teacher. Really patient and very accommodating.

Posted Feb 13, 2013

Excellent and fun lessons

Cory is an excellent teacher. Easy going and highly skilled musician. He quickly found the level and pace to begin with for my lessons. I couldn't ask for a better teacher.

Posted Jun 22, 2012

Great Instructor

Great Instructor! Great with kids.

Posted May 30, 2012

Excellent teacher!

Excellent teacher! Very patient with beginners and gives great feedback. All comments and remarks are constructive. Tailors lessons to meet student's goals.

Posted Mar 8, 2012

Had an awesome time

Posted Feb 28, 2012
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Posted Jan 18, 2021

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Professor of Double Bass
Aug 2019 - Present

Nazareth College

Principal Bass
Sep 2017 - Present

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Section Bass
Nov 2012 - May 2017

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Assistant Principal Bass
Sep 2011 - May 2017

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra

Section Bass
Jan 2016 - Apr 2017

Sarasota Opera

Principal Bass
Oct 2012 - May 2016

Canton 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


American Federation of Musicians
Oct 2004
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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