For the past 15 years I've taught students of all ages and abilities. I strive to enable them to find their own style and voice on the instrument. Lessons are based on technical development, using elements of the Suzuki Method, ear training, tone production, and note reading. My goal as a teacher is to help students develop a life-long love of music, and promote critical thinking and problem-solving techniques in a warm, supportive environment.
Studying an instrument is an art from that requires one-on-one mentorship. During the pandemic, I can teach you either remotely or in your home. In-home instruction will begin with a remote call to survey safety protocols. Once in-person lessons commence, each contact-free session will begin with temperature and oxygen readings, a procedure developed by NYC doctors and OSHA.
15 years teaching experience of all levels and ages
Bachelor and Master of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music
Extensive professional performance and recording career
Heard on multi-platinum Hamilton original cast album and the Hamilton movie released July 2020
Free 20 minute introductory lesson
Despite having a busy performance schedule, my students truly are my priority. It's incredibly rewarding to be with them while they grow and strengthen into young adults, and as musicians. I love catering lesson plans to each student's needs, and enjoy figuring out what makes each child "tick" to better harness their creative power.
Anja is by far the best cello teacher I have ever had! While she is always firm about technique and fundamentals, I feel like she respects me as a musician and I can talk to her about the kind of music I love and what I want to play. Since I started studying with her, I've been practicing a lot more at home and remembering why I love cello in the first place. I love that she can push me hard to play my best, while still making class super fun! I truly can't say enough nice stuff about Anja. If you're looking for a cello teacher, she's the one.
Anja Wood is not only one of the premiere cellists and performers in the New York City freelance and Broadway community, but she is a passionate teacher, mentor, and entrepreneur. When I was first coming up in the NYC scene about 15 years ago, Anja took me under her wing. This is most unusual in what is considered the greatest classical music scene in the world, but also the most cutthroat . But Anja welcomed me into the community. She spent time to mentor me and helped me learn how to show up prepared to be the best cellist and colleague I could be at the performance or session. I had the pleasure of learning the Broadway subbing ropes from the best, and she entrusted me as a long time sub on many of her shows including Hamilton: An American Musical!. Although I wasn’t formally her ‘student’, I learned how to pay attention to every detail - articulations, dynamics, ensemble - and how to execute them consistently, and under pressure. I also learned how to listen and work with feedback from music directors, conductors, and other musicians. This kind of preparation is invaluable. Anja is a fantastic teacher, cellist, and person. Her work founding and running the non-profit organization, Lelt Foundation, has inspired my own philanthropic side. I can guarantee that your work with Anja will be an inspiring, challenging AND fun time as you work towards your own artistic and musical goals!
She has been very patient and encouraging with my 15-year-old son, and his playing has improved markedly in the last two years. He also enjoys her connection to the hit show, and it seems to have inspired him to more effort. He looks forward to the lessons, even on Zoom.
Anja has been teaching my daughter, Kim how to play the cello for quite some time now. She is an expert in nuance, tone and musicality. Being that she is a Grammy award winning veteran and has played on so many Broadway shows- she is also a natural born performer who really knows how to help Kim shine when performing onstage. Kim was always an introvert when playing but with Anja’s guidance she is coming out of her shell and she now plays cello with such confidence. We are so lucky to have her be so generous as to share her teaching skills with us!
I received a Master of Music degree from Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with the acclaimed professor, Alan Harris.
My standard rate is $60/half hour. If you need special consideration please reach out to me.
I had the privilege of studying with Alan Harris for my Bachelors and Masters degrees. His technique teaches his students to teach themselves. While I was still receiving my Master degree, I started teaching and coaching middle and high school students. When I relocated to NYC, I built my own private studio here.
My students range for age 8 to 42, and beginners to music professionals.
I believe it is important for a teacher to also perform regularly! Consistently playing with other colleagues and honing versatile techniques is an important skill that comes from performing frequently. I perform at Hamilton on Broadway, am the cellist for Sesame Street, and also record regularly for pop, rock, and hip hop artists.