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Peter Coco

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music


DMA, 2014, SUNY Stony Brook Univ; MM, 2006, SUNY Coll Purchase; BS, 2004, Hofstra Univ


Bassist Dr. Peter Coco has had the great fortune to study and perform with many of the finest musicians in the world. He has studied jazz with bassists Todd Coolman, Doug Weiss, Dennis Irwin and Bob Bowen, and classical with Kurt Muroki and Rachel Calin. He has shared the bandstand with Jane Monheit, Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Matt Wilson, Dave Lalama, Steve Salerno, Ray Anderson, Tony Tedesco, vocalist Janice Seagal of Manhattan Transfer, and guitarist extraordinaire Tommy Emmanuel, to name a few. Pete has also toured extensively and performed at many noted venues in New York and around the world.

Pete graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelors in Jazz and Commercial Music and soon after completed a Masters in Jazz Studies from SUNY Purchase College. After taking a few years off from school to perform, tour, and teach, he went back in order to focus on classical repertoire and graduated in 2013 with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Classical Performance from Stony Brook University.

No stranger to the classroom, Pete is also an Adjunct Professor of Music at Hofstra University where he teaches bass lessons, co-directs jazz ensembles, and lectures on American music. In addition to teaching at Hofstra, he retains a studio at the Music Academy of Garden City, a private music school he co-founded with his brother in 2006.

Pete’s diverse musical background has given him the opportunity to perform in a variety of settings and genres. He has played in everything from orchestras and Baroque ensembles to wedding bands and jazz bands. He has also performed much of the solo repertoire for double bass including works by Bottesini, Koussevitzky, Bach, Hindemith, and more. He is accomplished on both the electric and upright bass, and currently plays on a German bass built circa 1850 that formerly belonged to jazz bass luminary Milt “The Judge" Hinton.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
MUS 016P (CP) DOUBLE BASS Undergraduate
MUS 020 (CP) ENSEMBLE Undergraduate
MUS 134 (AA) AMERICAN MUSIC Undergraduate
MUS 151 SPEC STUDIES-MUSIC 1 Undergraduate
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