Northwood Street, Camperdown NSW, Australia
Double Bass Lessons | Artist development, Ensemble Coaching, HSC Music Exam Preparation, Skype Lessons
- Qualifications: Full time position with the Opera Australia Orchestra. Master of Music (Performance), College of Fine Arts, Boston University, USA. Bachelor of Music (Performance), Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne), Australia.
- Pricing: $100 per hour, $55 per half hour
- Styles: Classical, AMEB route, technique, orchestral excerpts, solo, double bass for fun.
- Suitability: Beginner to advanced, ages 5 and up, including mature-aged students.
Bonita is a highly qualified professional double bass player and teacher.
Bonita is a permanent full-time member of the Opera Australia Orchestra, with extensive experience performing opera, ballet, and symphonic repertoire. She has performed globally with several esteemed orchestral ensembles including the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra, Hawaii Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Chamber Orchestra, and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Bonita’s breadth of experience extends to prominent early music ensembles including Pinchgut, Orchestra of the Antipodes, and as Principal Bass of the Cantata Singers Orchestra, as well as recording for several acclaimed Hollywood film scores.
Bonita holds degrees from prestigious performing arts institutions. She was awarded a full scholarship to complete her Master of Music (Performance) from Boston University, College of Fine Arts and was fortunate to study orchestral repertoire under renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra bassists Todd Seeber and Principal Ed Barker. Bonita received her Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts.
Bonita has over 10 years of experience teaching students of all ages and levels. She currently teaches at several schools throughout Sydney, as well as running her own private teaching studio. Bonita has also taught at educational programs including Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra and State Music Camp.
My teaching style is friendly, comfortable, and engaging. I am passionate about music and the double bass, and enjoy sharing this with others who are drawn to the instrument! Whether I’m working with children, teens or adult students, I appreciate that everyone has a different way of learning so I aim to tailor my lessons to each student’s individual needs and goals. I teach both German and French style bows and have many years of experience teaching the AMEB repertoire. I provide structure and support to enable students to advance through each AMEB level. I am very familiar with this route, having done it myself many years ago!
As a professional bassist with a smaller physical stature, I have a focused approach to body awareness to ensure that a player’s size is no barrier to success. I believe that it is vital to be aware of your body to prevent injury, be as efficient as possible, and ultimately get the best possible sound out of your double bass. I emphasise the importance of establishing the correct “set up”, so that good technique becomes second nature. In my experience, having strong foundations is critical to enjoying the double bass and maximising a player’s potential.