Danielle has been teaching the cello for ten years and it is her greatest joy to share what she has acquired through her training with the next generation of cellists. She has a passion for finding compatible methods, pieces, and practice strategies that work for the individual student. Danielle aims to create lessons that she would have enjoyed during her years as a student, while appropriately helping the student push the boundaries of their own perceived limits. Danielle is also the founder and director of a one week cello festival called The Cello Camp, which includes a cello orchestra, small chamber ensembles, combined with summer fun. Visit www.thecellocamp.com for more information!
I've taken lessons with Danielle for three years now. Not only is she a remarkable cellist, but a terrific teacher. Danielle is always so patient and encouraging-- I have always been comfortable asking for help or clarification. I have also worked with her in a summer cello camp, and I am so impressed by her capability to teach so many students at varying skill levels, and her attentiveness to each individual.
Danielle is a creative an intuitive teacher. Punctual and reliable, she makes each lesson engaging and productive.
Danielle is not only a wonderful person but she is genuinely the best cello teacher my daughter ever had, she is dedicated and knows how to share her love and passion for music with her students. She cares about all her students and always finds ways to develop further their interest in music, such as proposing things like the summer cello camp where students are encouraged to learn and bond with each other over their love for cello and performing at the end of the camp a fantastic concert that both parents and students enjoy. Thank you Danielle for being you.
During the course of my experience with Danielle, she has taught me the fundamentals for cello playing in an effective, constructive manner. She always has her students best interests at heart and is patient during classes. I would definitely recommend her for players of all levels!
When working with a new student, my first goal is to develop a rapport and convey to the student that I am on their team to help them get to their next desired goal on the cello. I believe when students feel relaxed and comfortable in the lesson, they are able to more easily absorb new concepts. Secondly, it is vital to me to quickly take note of what teaching techniques may most appropriately fit with the students learning style. I also like to communicate my favorite practice strategies upfront and set expectations for what the student will be able to accomplish based on how much time they are able to practice in between lessons.
Danielle has won numerous awards and competitions for her cello playing. She was invited to perform with the Norwalk Symphony as a featured soloist with renowned jazz musician Chris Brubeck and his band Triple Play. She also performed with Glenn Frey at Town Hall to promote his solo album After Hours and with the entire Eagles band at the Beacon Theater.
Danielle studied music at the Manhattan School of Music, Boston University's Tanglewood Institute, McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, in addition to New York University's Steinhardt school. She earned her bachelor's degree in cello performance under the instruction of Matt Haimovitz and Marion Feldman and her master's degree in film composition at New York University. While she was a student at Staples High School Danielle studied cello with Lois Errante and was a member of the Norwalk Youth Symphony Principal Orchestra. Danielle has performed as a soloist, orchestra member, chamber musician, and band member at various venues including Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Beacon Theater, Ozawa Concert Hall, Town Hall, CAMI Hall, The Shed at Tanglewood, Joe’s Pub, Lowe Theater, Provincetown Playhouse, and the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.