Kaitlin Findlay's Cello Studio

Kaitlin Findlay's Cello Studio

5.0 (5)
1 employee
17 years in business

About this pro

I have been playing the cello for 18 years and have performed with Jim Brickman, Kurt Bestor, Lexi Walker and Gentri. I have been teaching cello for 12 years and have completed teacher training with the Suzuki Association Books 1-5. I attended the Dalcroze Academy of the Rockies at Colorado State University with Dr. Jeremy Dittus learning how to teach music through different approaches. In 2 semesters I will complete my BA in Commercial Music from Snow College where I am currently the principal cellist. I have experience teaching both young and adult students. I love to teach and take pride in my students' mastery of both technique and musicality. I always tailor my approach to each student to help them achieve their goals in the most efficient and effective way possible. I do not strictly adhere to any one method. I make sure to always back up technical studies with theory and music that the student actually wants to play.

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Draper, UT 84020
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5 Reviews


  • Akiko Baker

    We searched for a cello teacher in the middle of school year and Kaitlin was willing to work with us in finding the lesson time that fit our schedule. In my opinion, it is the most daunting time when students are just starting to learn their bow holds, but Kaitlin made the process challenging and fun. Our son learnt to hold his bow through catchy riddles and songs and he made a smooth transition into playing actual tunes. Kaitlin is full of unique ideas that keep our son occupied and interested. We like her teaching style that she is sweet but firm when she needs to be. Our son had his first concert last month and he may have missed a few notes but he had the best bow hold thanks to Kaitlin!

  • J Adair

    Kaitlin is a very effective teacher who brings a lot of energy to each lesson. She explains things well and in terms that make grasping abstract concepts more simple. She emphasizes progress and makes good judgement calls when determining advancing with skills. I highly recommend her as a private tutor.

  • Marcus Reid

    I have been taking cello lessons with Kaitlin for almost 2 months now, it has been great. I know that adults can be more difficult to teach but I feel very happy with the progress I have been making with her instruction.

  • Aubrey Butler

    Kaitlin has been a wonderful cello teacher to me. She has pushed me very hard and I have definitely seen an improvement in my cello skills. I have only been a student of Kaitlin' s for about 4 months and I have improved at a very fast rate. She does a recital for her students when they have reached the end of the book and she accompanies the student with her own cello and it sounds amazing. She gives her students experiences to perform for others and helps us gain confidence. I would most definitely recommend Kaitlin as a teacher. She is fantastic!

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

The first lesson is a get to know you and goal setting day. A student (or parent) will tell me the goals of lessons, I will get to know how the student learns and is motivated best and I will create a personally tailored plan on how to best achieve those goals. I help the student set a goal for the semester which can be altered as we go along but helps to keep us focused and on track.

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

I have Suzuki Teacher Training Books 1-5.

I attended the Dalcroze Academy of the Rockies for one session. (2 full time weeks.)

I am a Senior at Snow College working on my BA in Commercial Music on the performance track.

I have taught cello for 10 years.

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

$20 - 30 minutes 

$30- 45 minutes

$40- 60 minutes

All tuition is to be paid monthly. 

How did you get started teaching?

I have played the cello since I was 8 years old. I was playing concertos by the time I was 16. Teaching was a great way to earn money in high school and I really enjoyed it. I always wanted to be a private cello teacher. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with 3 year olds to 70 year olds. I have quite a bit of experience with teaching students who have physical handicaps as well as ADHD and sensory disorders. I love all my students and helping them figure out how to best incorporate music into their lives.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I encourage all my students to perform whenever possible and recently I have had several performances at the end of the school year. I was so blown away this year because of how much my students had all accomplished

 It is truly inspiring for a teacher to watch their students blossom and to not only play well but to love playing. I feel so blessed to do what I do.

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

Request a free trial lesson. Most teachers are willing to meet and get to know each other on a no commitment basis. This ensures that you make sure a teacher is a good fit before you make a decision.

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

What are your goals in picking up thus instrument? What kind of music do you enjoy or want to learn? Do you want to try for scholarships or pursue a career? Do you just want to do it for fun? Properly conveying your goals will help your teacher best help you and make your experience a good one.

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