I strive to articulate principles of good technique and musicality with each lesson, making the creation of music challenging and fun.
Teaching is a challenge insofar as finding ways to relate music to everyday experiences. I look for natural, ergonomic ways to accomplish the technical challenges of the cello. Similarly, I strive to relate the musical challenges of communicating emotion by relating making sounds on the cello to everyday ways we naturally express our emotions...through gestures and our own inner instrument, our voice. Looking at an instrument as a natural extension of our voice is the secret to mastering its expressive potential.
The challenge and greatest rewards is not in teaching a student but to find the key that unlocks his/her path to learning. If a teacher can demonstrate by example or description and successfully passes it on to a student, the teacher and student BOTH improve as musicians. The rewards are inestimable for both!
He is very patient and understands the needs of the older beginning cello student. He is also open to questions texted to him between lessons, which can be helpful.
Mr. Deutsch is unlike any music teacher, or teacher at all, that I’ve ever known. Having been taught by many different orchestra directors over the years, I can confidently say that his teaching style is unique and enriching. He is an encouraging, wise person who uses detailed and illustrative analogies in addition to his extraordinary talent. In culmination, these create an infectious passion he cannot help but share with everyone he encounters. I took cello lessons with Mr. Deutsch for seven years, starting when I began playing cello in the sixth grade. He increased my ability, slowly and steadily, from novice to eventual first chair of my high school regular and select ensemble orchestras. In addition, he helped me achieve some of my greatest accomplishments to date including joining New Jersey’s regional orchestra and performing a solo cello concerto at my senior recital. I can’t thank him enough for seeding my passion for the cello and fostering an environment in which it was able to flourish. What’s more, is that I will forever think of Mr. Deutsch as one of my greatest friends and mentors, someone who has made a brilliant impact on my life in facets related to music and life in general. Anyone who has the opportunity would be privileged to learn from and grow with Mr. Deutsch.
Nine years ago, when my daughter began playing the cello in her NJ middle school orchestra, she wanted to audition for the advanced ensemble. By chance, we happened to attend a cello/piano recital at our local library, and it was there that we were fortunate to discover Robert. She began taking lessons with Robert in the sixth grade and continued all through high school. Not only is he a proficient cellist, he's also a wonderful, kind, and supportive instructor. His credentials are stellar, and his love for the instrument is inspiring. His musical insight is enormous, and he is both patient and challenging. My daughter progressed steadily while studying with Robert. Not only was she accepted into the advanced middle school ensemble, she participated in numerous other ensembles, and eventually became first chair cellist in the high school orchestras. She continues playing in college, largely due to the pure joy of music instilled by Robert. Credit for her accomplishments goes both to her dedication and to her phenomenal teacher, Robert Deutsch.
Understanding a student’s goals; determining his/her resources, background and available time to devote to the cello.
Masters degree in Applied Violoncello, years of experience performing in solo, chamber music and symphonic repertoire with professional ensembles, as well as private lessons, chamber music coaching and symphonic repertoire coaching. Principal Cellist for Adelphi Chamber Orhestra, New Jersey/NY, Cellist for Houston Symphony Orchestra for 30 years, Associate Principal Cello, Miami Philharmonic, Principal Cello New England Conservatory of Music and Tulsa (OK) Philharmonic, adjunct professor, University of Tulsa, and numerous recordings with the Houston Symphony, freelancing, coaching and teaching positions privately and at the university level.
My lessons are priced within the prevailing rates for an experienced, performing artist in the market where I offer my services.
Meet, chat, ask questions, and get a feel for the chemistry that will ensure a successful learning experience.
What time and dedication am I truly willing to devote to the pursuit of learning cello? If your answer is “The minimum required to play decently,” you should seriously consider an easier instrument. The cello doesn’t come easily!