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I taught public school strings for many years in Tucson, Phoenix and Scottsdale.  I teach individual private lessons with cello my specialty.  I completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello Performance at the University of Arizona with a minor in Music Education.  I teach beginning to intermediate level violin and piano to all ages.  I have coached chamber music for strings and prepared students for regional and All State groups.  My background includes university level teaching.  I played cello professionally in orchestras in California, Denver, Colorado, Mexico, Tennessee and Arizona.  i soloed with orchestra in Tucson and performed professionally with the String Sounds quartet in Phoenix, Sedona, Fountain Hills and Nevada.

I take each individual student into account and taylor curriculum for learning levels and interests.  I am retired from the public school teaching.

I enjoy that students take pride in their progress and accomplishment through the months and years especially in public performances.

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Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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  • Laura Lysek

    Absolutely nothing! She is a liar! She told me she teaches violin and showed up without her instrument and said she didn't bring it because I lived to far and told me she plays the cello and not the violin! She wanted me to make copies of music she brought asked me if I had a copy machine. Then when I politely told her I had different expectations and asked her at that point what I owed her for the 20 minutes she was there she refused to stop the session and refused to leave my home. I had to threaten to call the police while my newborn was screaming and three year old was crying and my mother in law , daughter, and self stood in complete disbelief that she would not leave our home! I am so taken that I would never even use this site again! I think background checks should be considered, I will never let someone into my home like that again!!!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I request the student to show me what music they have studied in the past and to demonstrate the level they are performing at.  If they are beginning I ask about interests in music and any special subject areas.  I also ask if they have studied music in school.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I hold a Bachelor's degree in music education.We surveyed playing other orchestra instruments such as the clarinet.   I completed a Master of Music degree in cello performance with secondary study in piano.  I completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in cello performance with a minor in Music Education that included additional study of the violin and survey of world instruments.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge 25 dollars for a half hour lesson if the student lives nearby.  Longer distances can be 30 to 35 dollars a lesson.  An hour lesson would cost more.

How did you get started teaching?

My mother taught private music lessons and gave me a piano student when I was in junior college.  My interest in teaching has grown through the years.

What types of students have you worked with?

I teach all ages of students from young children to adults.  I taught high school students for several years;  I presently teach a high school violinist and a beginner elementary school level cellist. I recently taught elementary school pianists who have moved.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently performed cello duets in a public concert in Scottsdale,  Arizona with a young lady I have played with in an orchestra for the past five years.  I was pleased by the reaction and appreciation given by individual members of the audience.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Young beginners should practice 20 minutes a day.  Try to practice six days a week;  one day off is fine.  More advanced students should increase the daily minutes.  Consistent practice brings accomplishment.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What are your goals in music performance?