Daniel Hass, Cellist, Composer, Teacher

Daniel Hass, Cellist, Composer, Teacher

5.0 (9)
2 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
5 years in business

About this pro

I have a Master's degree from the Juilliard School, where I studied with some of the greatest pedagogues in the field.  As a performer, I have many years of experience with Classical, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Folk performance and composition. I am passionate about teaching and am methodical and dedicated. I take students of all ages and levels of experience. Besides teaching privately, I have given masterclasses in Toronto, Las Vegas, and Tel Aviv.

Everybody can play music, and I enjoy seeing people learn to make it themselves and be changed by it. 

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New York, NY 10025
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  • Mike Stuart

    Daniel is a very gifted cellist and teacher. He's has an incredible depth of understanding. Each lesson feels like a masterclass, and I come out from each one inspired, with a new set of goals. He's helped me to see all aspects of my cello playing in completely different ways. I feel very lucky to have him as a teacher.

  • Emily Greenberg

    Daniel is the best! He's sweet, incredibly talented, patient, and all around wonderful teacher. I would not have wanted to learn the cello with anyone else and I look forward to our lessons every week.

  • Anna Adelman

    Daniel has been teaching my 12 year old daughter cello for the past 3 years. He is an excellent teacher; very patient, pleasant and attentive. My daughter loves to go to his lessons, and has also enjoyed the lessons with him over Zoom during the last year. He has a lot of knowledge and a delightful personality. I highly recommend him!

  • Sam Snead

    Daniel is an amazing teacher! I have been taking cello lessons from him for the last 5 years. I'm an older student (41 y.o), and started out with little musical experience and only a dream to play the cello. Daniel is so patient and supportive, with the most pleasant demeanor you can imagine. His musical knowledge runs deep, and his eclectic approach to playing and teaching the cello touches on a variety of musical genres, including classical, jazz, folk, and other styles. With his natural talent for teaching, Daniel is very sensitive to my stumbling blocks and difficulties in the lessons, and is so helpful with his clear instructions in how to break down and solve the problems. Most of all, his lessons and wisdom are very inspiring, and I am always looking forward to our next meeting. I wholeheartedly recommend Daniel as a music teacher.

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

From the foundations of technique to musical fluency and interpretation, I guide my students through the process of building freedom and confidence as well-rounded musicians. Mastering the instrument physically is as important as having a personal, emotional connection to the music we play, and understanding the workings of musical communication allows us to create those magical moments for ourselves and our listeners. Through my studies with renowned pedagogues such as Areta Zhulla and Joel Krosnick of the Juilliard Quartet, chamber music guru Merry Peckham, and world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman, I've developed a unique method for acquiring both effortless technique and the tools to make sense of any piece of music. I believe that every student can make incredible leaps in their musical ability as they discover their own powers of examination, exploration, and determination. 

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

I have a Master's degree from the Juilliard School and 2 decades of experience as a performer. 

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

I have rates for 30 minutes, 45 minutes, and 60 minutes. I am happy to have a trial lesson for a reduced price. My fee is standard for a professional teaching artist with a Master's from Juilliard. 

How did you get started teaching?

My parents are teachers, my mentors are teachers, my colleagues teach...it's an essential part of my work as a musician! 

What types of students have you worked with?

High-school, Elementary, College.  

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Playing a concert with a friend, it's a great feeling when you get in the zone with someone you know well. 

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

Trust the process, studying music is invigorating and challenging, it's a long term investment but a worthy one!

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

What is your goal as a musician? Are there pieces or songs you would love to be able to play? Is there a musician out there that you admire?