To be able to share the knowledge and wisdom of my teachers and their teachers to future generations of cellists while helping them become their own individual person musically and humanistically is what I enjoy the most about teaching. It is an honor and priveledge to call this my career.
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The first lesson of any new students in my studio is a free, 30 minute trial lesson. This is a great time for the student and the student's parent(s) to meet me, answer any questions or address any concerns about the studio, and for me to assess where the student is at with their studies and ask what they want to accomplish through lessons.
-Bachelors in Music, Instrumental Music, CSU Long Beach, 2011
-Suzuki Method Certified Teacher, Books 1 & 2 (Teacher trainers include Rick Mooney and Dr. Tanya Carey)
-Studied privately with Dr. David Garrett of the LA Philharmonic and Joon Sung Jung, cello teachers at CSU Long Beach
-Assistant Principal Cellist of the Dana Point Symphony Orchestra since 2012
-Original member and arranger for Love4Cello, a cello quartet based in Los Angeles, CA, since 2011
-Playing cello for 26 years, professional freelance cellist and private teacher for 18 years
-30 minute lesson = $50
-1 hour lesson = $80
-I do not offer 45 minute lessons
-Lessons are paid at the beginning of each month at that month's first lesson (for example, if we were to have 3, 1 hour lessons in the upcoming month, you would pay $240 at our first lesson).
After graduating high school, I was hired at my alumni high school as a cello and bass coach. Originally I saw it as a way of earning some extra income, but after the first sectional I ran I figured out this was something I was really good at and was interested in continuing. I've continued teaching after that fateful day up to the present, both private teaching and coaching various schools, eighteen years and counting!
I've worked with students as young as six, completely new to the cello, to as old as sixty-five, who were curious and interested in learning something new! A number of my students perform in various youth orchestras in the Orange County area, and a few have gone off to college such as MIT and UCSD. I am very comfortable and flexible with teaching all levels of the cello, and aim to work towards a student's personal goals on the cello.
Do you enjoy the cello?
Do you have an open mind?
What do you want to accomplish through your lessons?
Are you and able to commit to a dedicated practice regiment to achieve your goals?
Will you promise yourself to not give up when things are seemingly difficult?