Area of study: Strings

Double Bass at YSM

The double bass program at the Yale School of Music offers students the opportunity to refine their technique and musicianship in a collaborative and creative environment while gaining a truer understanding of the physical aspects of playing the double bass. Double bassists take private lessons and participate in weekly studio seminars, which cover numerous topics including upcoming solo performances, orchestral audition preparation, extended techniques, and other areas students are interested in exploring.

All double-bass students participate in chamber music, an integral part of the Yale School of Music experience. They also play in various ensembles in the New Music New Haven concert series and in the School’s orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia, which offers students the experience of performing a wide variety of repertoire under the leadership of acclaimed guest conductors.

faculty spotlight

Donald Palma
Assistant Professor Adjunct of Double Bass

Donald Palma

Faculty double bassist Donald Palma performs, teaches, and conducts throughout the northeastern U.S. and around the world.

Degrees + Programs

Master of Music

The two-year master of music (M.M.) degree program is open to students who hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in any major.

Master of Musical Arts

The performance-oriented master of musical arts (M.M.A.) program is designed for students who want to further their education beyond an M.M. degree.

Doctor of Musical Arts

The intensive doctor of musical arts (D.M.A) program is comprised of a two-year residency followed by a three-year period in which candidates launch their professional careers.

Artist Diploma

The highly selective artist diploma (A.D.) program is designed for young artists who demonstrate potential for a major concert career.

Certificate in Performance

The three-year certificate in performance program is designed for performers who do not hold a bachelor’s degree but want to study at the highest level.


The bachelor of arts/master of music (B.A./M.M) program is designed for young instrumentalists also interested in pursuing a liberal arts education.

Perform at Yale
At the Yale School of Music, there are numerous opportunities to perform in the School’s historic concert halls and throughout New Haven.
I am proud to say that YSM has given me the confidence to become a well-rounded musician.
Amy Nickler, double bass, ’19MM