CelloJo, LLC

CelloJo, LLC

4.7 (7)
1 employee
11 years in business

About this pro

Music is an important part of our lives, and thus I am not a one-style type teacher. I work with everyone at their current level and develop lessons for them based upon their desires. I believe that teaching the classics is just as important to teaching current music and inspiring each of my students to reach beyond their current comfort zone. I stress developing good practice habits and fundamentals, as these make any style of playing more enjoyable.

Johanna Wright-Vines, has also performed in venues throughout the United States, China, and just recently returned from Austria. She has played with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop, North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra (Principal Cellist), and other orchestras in South Florida, Indiana and North Carolina. In North Carolina, she performed the world-premier of North Carolina is My Home, composed and narrated by Charles Kuralt. She also works with local composers in South Florida where she has performed and recorded new compositions. Mrs. Wright-Vines obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music from East Carolina University, and a Master of Music from Florida International University. She studied cello with Fred Katz, Daniel Levitov, Claudio Jaffé, and Jason Calloway, and she has performed in master classes with Jonathan Carney and Christopher Rex.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
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  • Clark M.

    A fantastic cellist with a thirst for continually pushing her own musical knowledge and limits. Johanna has been a great contributor to many orchestras I have conducted. She continuously seeks to further her knowledge to help make the music come to live and freely shares this knowledge with others around her. She continuously strives to find a perfect balance between technical acuity and musical phrasing/interpretation in her playing. I cannot overemphasize the benefit of her skill in this area, as it results in very technically competent musicians, who are also expressive! She is friendly, encourages other struggling musicians. She always shows up to rehearsals/concerts early, with a smiling, can do demeanor, and a willingness to help wherever there might be a need. She is professional and personable, she is always my first recommendation to parents and students looking for 'the right' music teacher.

  • Peter F

    Johanna Wright-Vines has been a member of the Cello section of the Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra for several years and she has distinguished herself in many ways. As a musician she is musical , alert, conscientious, always well prepared and eager to perform. She loves music and it is a pleasure to work with her. As a person she is cooperative, resourceful and always has a ready smile and a pleasant demeanor. I have confidence that whatever projects she undertakes in the future she will show the same talent, dedication and thoroughness I’ve witnessed in her work in the Orchestra. I wish her much luck and recommend her highly.

  • Debbi C

    I have had the pleasure of watching Johanna grow as a musician and a gifted music instructor over the past several years. Johanna is very passionate about her music. She possesses a natural talent for music and is academically accomplished. I have seen her excel at improvisation and a more methodical approach to musical performance. Her love for the cello is evident in her enthusiastic and energetic teaching techniques. She is exceedingly patient with all, encourages everyone, and coaxes the very best effort from each and every person she works with. Ideals she passes on to her current and future students.

  • Chance A.

    I'm Chance's mom. I see him really smile during and right after his lessons! Johanna has skill not only as a cellist and instructor, but also a caring teacher. She really gets the best out of him. Thank you Johanna!

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

For new students I tried to understand where the student is in their ability, what their nature desires are, and where they would like to take their lessons.  I do not teach the same way to each student and it typically takes 3 to 4 lessons to truly set up a success plan for each student.  I work with the student on technical proficency, ability to read and understanding musical notations, the historical imporatance of the piece, and how to practice.  Everything I teach, I try to show how this can impact other parts of the lives and/or studies.  Music is more than the ability to play, but the ability to take a task, break it down, and create something more beautiful then when they started.

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

B.A. in Music from East Carolina Universtiy

M.A. in Cello Performance from Florida International University

Perform in several orchestras in South Florida

Performed with orchestras in both China and Austria

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

30 minute lessons: Your home ($40); My Studio ($35)

45 minute lessons:  Your home ($55); My Studio ($50)

60 minute lessons:  Your home ($70); My Studio ($65)

How did you get started teaching?

Purely by accident - I just love sharing the knowledge I have with others.  I did it in a community orchestras and the next thing, I had a student and it has slowly grown.  Some of my students are my friend's children - they see the passion that I have for music and what to bring the beauty to their kids.  Each child is different; so I work with each of them differently. 

What types of students have you worked with?

Each child is different - I have worked with beginning students up to intermediate students.  I have never inquired with a parent if any child has any learning disabilities.  Children have tons of energy so I do my best to keep this focused until it's time for wiggling.  I also tend to keep their focus moving from playing cello, to workign on rhythm and/or musical notation identification.

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

Find a teacher that you can work with - find a teacher that will allow you to follow your dreams.  There is so much to be learned in music that can transcend to other subjects.  I want to create music lovers ..... and let them have to ability to artigulate what they like and don't like.  Music lessons are the first change for kids to create independence..... and I encourage it.

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

These are your lessons - helping to understand what your goals are - this is the most important thing to share with a teacher.  Understand, these goals change over time and experience.  This should never be a one and done conversation.  I always continous check back with my students.

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