Katy Chiang Cello

Katy Chiang Cello

5.0 (2)
4 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
10 years in business

About this pro

I have been professionally trained on the cello.  I received my Master of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Maryland College Park.  I am also a passionate teacher.  Besides teaching privately at students’ homes, I am also a cello instructor at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD. 

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Olney, MD 20832
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2 Reviews


  • Esther Granneman

    She is very patient with my son and my son really enjoys her classes.

  • Marie-Louise Eyres

    Katy is very calm and an excellent communicator. She is a very conscientious teacher and detail orientated. We will keep having lessons with her.

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

The first step for me is always to ask their goals from taking the lessons with me.  It determines my overall teaching pace and expectation toward the student.  I have encountered students who wanted to learn the instrument purely for their own joy.  They loved the sonority of the cello.  However, with other things that were happening in their life, they didn’t want much pressure from the lessons.  I also have encountered students who were more serious about how much they progressed, and they were willing to practice the amount (or more) that I assigned them.  I respect every student’s decision, and with a clearer idea from the beginning on how each student’s goals are, I could plan the lessons more suitable to each individual.

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

I have played the cello for 18 years.  I received both of my Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in Cello Performance from the University of Maryland College Park.  Besides playing in the US, I have performed in Italy, Slovenia, and Taiwan.  I am also a passionate teacher.  I am an adjunct cello instructor at Howard Community College in Columbia.

How did you get started teaching?

I had always been interested in teaching.  In music, self-teaching is one of the abilities that a performer needs to acquire, if possible.  While we are still in school, we get one lesson from our professor per week.  For the rest of the time, we are mostly in a practice room on our own.  Therefore, learning how to honestly assess our own practice and solve problems in an effective and efficient way is extremely important.  You won’t be able to fix a problem unless you are aware of it.  The same self-teaching process applies even more after we are done with school, when we don’t have a mentor to guide us constantly.   

I have been teaching privately since 2013.  I am also a cello instructor at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with a wide range of students.  The age range of my current students is from 7 to 76 years old, including elementary school students to retired adults.

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