Cello Whisperer Studio

Cello Whisperer Studio

Best of 2022
2 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
49 years in business

About this pro

I specialize in finding and solving underlying issues that may prevent you from reaching your full potential as a cellist. I've worked with students of all ages and levels - beginners, amateurs, conservatory students, professionals, etc. - and focus on developing skills correctly from the start, finding natural and easy ways of developing greater facility, and discovering how technique is translated into musical expression.

I am a concert cellist, having played thousands of concerts internationally. I currently concertize with the Boston-based Thoreau Piano Trio - www.thoreaupianotrio.com. I'm a former university professor and have presented masterclasses at universities and conservatories throughout the United States and abroad. My web page is www.darrydolezal.com.

It is endlessly fascinating to study, practice, perform and teach music, requiring full engagement at all times - a most rewarding and energizing pursuit!

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Newton, MA 02458
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to hear the student play, and then talk about the student's history, interests and goals. Each program of study is created individually for each student. We would begin making progress on those goals right away.

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

I have a master's degree from the Peabody Conservatory and an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas. My first cello teacher studied with one of the most famous cellists of the early twentieth century - Hugo Becker. I have taught students of all levels, from beginner through professional, and ages of students, from 3 to 90. My early teacher training was as apprentice to a master Suzuki teacher (who studied with Suzuki himself in Japan!). I have since had my own studio and several faculty positions at music schools and universities, and given master classes in North and South America.

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

My typical fee is $125 for an hour lesson.

How did you get started teaching?

I began, at age 12 (having worked through the Suzuki repertoire myself), to apprentice with a master Suzuki teacher (Eleanor Allen). In a few years I took over her studio. Currently I do not teach the Suzuki method in a strict sense, but all those skills I learned are incorporated into my teaching.

What types of students have you worked with?

Beginners of all ages; college music education students (non-cellists) learning cello in a techniques class; adult amateurs; avid middle school and high school cellists; serious high school students looking to win competitions, get into all-state orchestra and audition for conservatories; undergraduate and graduate college students, both music majors and music minors.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Many of my favorite events happen away from the public eye, in rehearsals and practice. That is where a lot of beautiful music-making takes place in its purest form. This past week, working with my piano trio, we found a wonderful way of creating articulations to make an early Beethoven trio really speak.

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

When you find potential teachers, talk to them and play for them. You'll know if it's a good fit.

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

How would you describe your own playing? How would you like to play? Do you have an ideal cello sound in your head? What repertoire do you want to study? Are you willing to commit at least a little of your time and thought every day to your cello study?

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