With extensive professional experience across a wide range of styes from classical to pop/rock, I'm proud to offer a unique perspective in my cello lessons. I strive to strike a balance with my approach, building on a foundation of traditional classical study while embracing the many wonderful roles the cello can play in the modern music world. As an active performing and recording cellist, I bring passion and real world experience, and I'm always looking for new and exciting repertoire to bring to my students. I take pride in inspiring a true love of music in my students. As a result, I place great importance on understanding not just how to play the cello, but why we're playing it in the first place. I try to discuss the tools of playing (i.e. proper bowing and finger technique) in the broader context of things like phrasing, character, and storytelling. It's incredibly rewarding to see a student finally realize that music can be more than simply following instructions and playing the correct notes!
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When a new student is interested in studying with me, I typically find it's helpful to have one trial lesson to determine if it will be a good fit. If everything seems to go smoothly, I work with the student to decide on repertoire that will match his or her skill level and musical interests. I offer lessons either in person, in which case I travel to my students, or online via Skype or a similar platform.
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Cello Performance from Berklee College of Music, as well as ten years of professional playing and teaching experience
I charge $75 per hour for private cello lessons. I find hour lessons to be the most productive, but if shorter lessons are desired, I'll happily negotiate an agreeable rate. As I often travel to my students, some additional compensation for travel may be requested depending on distance.