Geoff Bowater

Geoff B.

Garden City, NY
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My name is Geoff and I play Double Bass).(also called.Upright Bass).I played in a Full Time Symphony Orchestra for 20yrs.I teach Solo work,NYSSMA pieces(expert),ALL Symphony Repertoire,Your School Music,Technical Studies,Scales and Sight Reading.I' m patient with students and changing lesson times if need be.Students do great at NYSSMA,All County and Long Island Strings,and all School Ensembles.Let's Go!

About Geoff B.

Hi, my name is Geoff and I play Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Cello and Piano. I played full time in a Symphony orchestra for 20 yrs., began playing Piano in 1963, Bass Guitar 1970, Double Bass 1977 and Cello 1982. I prescribe lessons complete with Solo, Ensemble, and Technical Playing and Reading Skills thoroughly as well as progressively. I make the lessons fun and interesting and relate well with all types of personalities. My students view me as a teacher and friend who' s a good listener when they have things like overloads in homework from school and other complications that kids face.They do great at NYSSMA and are asked to play in all ensembles at school. I love animals and my hobbies are hiking in the mountains including in snow and ice, camping, building things and work on my own car when I can. Most of my students stay with me for 8-10 yrs. and handle themselves very well in all ensembles. They play to earn scholarships for college as well and play for life. Happy Playing!


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8 Reviews
Ron E.
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I've taken lessons from a number of double bass teachers. I've never found an instructor who gave me exactly what I needed until Geoff. He's the consummate professional double bass player and teacher. Geoff is intelligent, courteous, patient, humorous and above all knowledgeable. So, if you're a serious upright bass student, I would, without hesitation, recommend Geoff Bowater.

Posted Jan 28, 2021
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Patient and Kind. Explains theory well!

Posted Sep 13, 2019
Daria S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My daughter had few lessons with Geoff, so far it seems like her skills has improved.

Posted Mar 8, 2018
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Geoff is a very well rounded teacher with much experience in all areas of his feild. He is great at explaining exactly what he means, and exactly what you as a player must do to create the sound he is looking for. He is not only a phenominal musician, but also an outstanding teacher, who pushes his stufents to do better.

Posted May 28, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Geoff is a great teacher who has exceptional skills and experience. Geoff is a very patient teacher who takes the time to work on every detail of the piece. His focus on technique made me into a much better player.

Posted May 19, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Geoff is a true professional with great attention to important details and techniques. he is a teachers, teacher with vast experience and expertise. A perfectionist that gets people to bring out their best. he has helped my son with all levels of NYSMA.

Posted May 17, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Geoff is a great teacher who focuses on critical detail. Geoff was monumental for my foundation on the double bass. He helped me get into the college of my dreams when I was in high school. I would highly recommend him to any student.

Posted May 10, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

He is a good teacher with great attention to detail.

Posted May 7, 2017

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Principal Bass,Assistant Principal Bass,Section Bass,Studio,Rock & Roll Bass Guitar work
Sep 1972 - Feb 2017

Florida Philharmonic,Palm Beach Symphony, Boca Raton Pops Orchestra,Sony Recording Industries,Criteria Hit Factory,Amadeus Music School

Rehearse and perform Symphony and Chamber Orchestra Repertoire, Solos, Studio Recording, Teaching Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Cello and Piano.


Performance Diploma with completion all Master Degree Music Courses
Jun 1977 - May 1983

Manhattan School of Music, DeAnza Community College



Fluent / Native Proficiency

some Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Performance Diploma
Jun 1983

Manhattan School of Music

Performance Diploma with completion of Master Degree Music courses including Orchestration, Instrumentation, Composition for Non - Comp Majors and Rhythmic Analysis


4 Year Full Scholarship, Outstanding Musician Award
Sep 1979

Manhattan School of Music, De Anza Community College

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