My favorite part of being a cellist, you'll be surprised to read, is practicing. Now, don't get me wrong, I love getting on stage and the applause and all of that, but when it comes down to it I prefer being at home, solving problems on the cello. As a result, I love doing this with other people! You should think of our lessons as intense practice sessions, where I help you solve problems and obstacles that get in the way of you having fun with the instrument. I also love playing, though, so don't worry--we'll be doing plenty of that.
One of the reasons I enjoy teaching is that, unlike playing, you can immediately learn whether something works or not. Lots of teachers might stick with what they think they know; I've embraced the fact that everyone is different, and that sometimes you have to think outside the box if you wanna improve. I also enjoy teaching because honestly, after almost 8 years I've become pretty decent at it.
As a music educator myself I am critical of who and how my own children are taught. Max has exceeded my expectations in all areas. He is always punctual. He is a clear communicator. He teaches the basics of tuning, scales, music theory, rhythm and bow work as well as the artistry of the various works that he has assigned or my son's orchestra is working on. Max is always interested and personable and has created a relationship with my son despite our location differences. Best example of a cello instructor we have found in 3 countries over the past 5 years.
It depends on the student's age and level of skill, however, I like to focus on building a good rapport with a student while learning and cementing the essentials of cello playing: having a good posture, holding the bow, reading, etc. I prefer to have a process that is somewhat slow in the beginning and that gradually picks up as the student becomes more acquainted with the cello. If a new student already knows the basic things, I still like to do a quick brush up to see what bad habits need to be fixed and how we can move forward in the most productive way.
While getting my B.M in cello performance from the Juilliard School, I worked as a cello teacher at the Union City Music Project and the Washington Heights Music Conservatory. At Juilliard, I was fortunate to be a Gluck fellow and a MAP fellow, both highly involved with teaching, performing, and working with young students. In Denver, I worked at the Colorado Music Insitute giving private instruction.
For the last few years, my life has been both playing and teaching. Giving lessons has been as important as receiving them.
In-person: Cincinnati area 65$
Honesty, out of necessity. I needed money to afford some tuition and housing in NYC and teaching was the only option. I was lucky enough to get started and cannot give enough thanks that I did. I started at the Union City Music Project just as I was finishing my Freshman year, working with medium to large-sized groups in a workshop setting. It was incredibly challenging, made me switch from tea to coffee, and taught me most of what I know about dealing with young students.
From ages 5 to 60, beginner to medium levels and many different kinds of learning ability.
I'm all about being honest with my students, and I love it when my students are honest with me--even difficult questions such as: do I really like the cello? I want my students to enjoy our lessons, and I will be doing all I can to show you how fun it can be. Questions that might be helpful for students to think about are: what kind of music do you like? how much time could you practice every day? what other interests/sports/activities do you pursue apart from school? The answer to these questions will help us establish a solid ground to start our lessons!