Adam Sullivan

Adam Sullivan

5.0 (4)
Best of 2022
2 hires on
1 employee
5 years in business

About this pro

I am a cellist with 12 years experience playing and 6 years teaching in all types of situations from large sections to one-on-one lessons.

I am located at several conventient locations around the Charlotte area (Huntersville, Concord and Pineville).

I enjoy working with the students and watching them grow. I am an instructor who has experience in all walks of music and I teach my students how to work through new situations that are not normally seen as traditional orchestra work (i.e. reading chord charts, heavy use of sight-reading, composing solos based on a song)

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Rock Hill, SC 29732
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4 Reviews


  • Velicia Waymer

    Patient, knowledgeable and willing to help the student understand not only the music but the workings of the instrument. Lots of fun too.

  • Tony Dobson

    Very patient.

  • John B

    Adam is a very patient teaching and uses good examples to illustrate good helpful points on posture, bowing, and left hand positioning. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to learn or improve on cello.

  • Caleb Lewis

    Great teacher! Worked hard to make sure my daughter knew how to play cello.

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

First lesson always begins with making sound! I always make sure that no matter what, they have a basic understanding of how the instrument makes sound and how to create that sound! I also focus on the fundementals of music, and how they apply to learning their instrument.

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

I have been teaching since 2012, in all setting from large sectionals of 10-12 students to one on one lessons. I have worked with people with autism, and other special needs. I attended Winthrop University for Music Performance from 2012-2016.

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

Lessons are dealt with by location. Some locations, such as Music and Arts and Davidson Violins South have lower rates than I charge for 1 on 1 lessons through myself. Prices range from $25-60 depending on location and length of lesson. 

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching the semester after graduating high school because I realized a musicians need the experience of teaching to survive in our world. Over time; however, I have come to truly appreciate watching my students grow and mature in the literature. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with many types of students from different racial, financial and educational backgrounds. I have also worked with several kids with special needs such as Autism. 

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

The first thing to do is start off by meeting them in person, or if possible begin with a half lesson for beginners so the teacher can explain the basics (how to get the instrument out of the case, how to put it away, fundamentals of music, finding a book, etc.) to the student and parents (if applicable). Then expect to take at least 4-6 lessons with the instructor before calling it quits should the student want to quit. Most students I've had quit on me and others I have asked refer to a single incident when it could have been settled by a conversation or working through the incident. 

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

None, in my honest opinion. If the student needs help understanding something about the instrument, then all questions are valid. The teacher is there to help the student understand their instrument.