I have been teaching for over 10 years as a faculty member at community music schools, as a chamber music and orchestral performance coach, and as an adjunct at Purchase College. My students have been accepted to college conservatories with scholarship, have perform solo at Weill Recital Hall and Symphony Space, had many successfully audition for youth orchestras such as New York Youth and Westchester County Orchestra, and have had individuals receive score high marks at NYSSMA that earned them entrance to All-County and All-State. I have also spent my summers teaching at such music festivals as Luzerne Music Center, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and NYSSSA School of Orchestral Studies. My summer students there have been concerto competition winners, were granted opportunities to perform in the student showcase and for donor events, sat as section leaders in the orchestra, and performed in masterclass for cellists of the Philadelphia Orchestra and for the Johannes Quartet.
It is a pleasure getting to know peope of all ages and background through the exploration of the cello. I enjoy helping guide students, at whatever pace best suits their learning style, through the assignment of scales, arpeggios, technical exercises, etudes, and solo work. They will gain a progressive yet sound understanding of technique. Students will also develop an internal map of the fingerboard, learn how to accurately and consistently arrive in positions, have the flexibility of creating their own a fingerings, understand the fundamentals of sound production, bowing styles, and how to use these techniques as an aid to music making. They learn basic music theory through their repertoire, as well as practice techniques progressively and independently, learning how ‘build’ a piece to expedite the learning process.
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I typically assess the student's level by hearing them play. Depending on their experience with prior instruction, skill with left and right hands, and music reading, I am able to determine which pieces and exercises to assign.
My usual rate is $80 per hour for a private lesson, and I do offer a sliding scale based on financial need.
I have worked with students from age 5-80. Some of my students are very serious musicians pursuing music as a career. Others study the cello for enjoyment and enrichment! I enjoy working with everyone who is ready to learn (and ready to practice.)
When deciding on a teacher, look for someone who skilled in their instruction, but also try to find a person that you click with. It is a very unique thing to learn one-on-one. A teacher you look forward to seeing every week can make all the difference!