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Popular Cello Teachers Near New York

Jay T.

New York, NY
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Oleg R.

Fort Lee, NJ
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Thomas V.

Wantagh, NY
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Jay T. New York, NY

Subjects Taught

Cello

About Me

Jay recently graduated from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music where he received his Master's degree under the study of Norman Fischer. Prior to his studies at Rice, he attended Vanderbilt University and the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. He has attended various summer programs including the Henry Mancini Institute, Colorado College Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center.

Jay has been privileged to perform under some of the world's leading conductors, including James Levine, Bernard Haitink, André Previn, Sir Andrew Davis, Raphael Frühbeck de Bergos, Oliver Knussen, Herbert Bloomstedt and John Williams. He has also played in master classes for several esteemed artists, such as Yo-Yo Ma, Ronald Leonard, Richard Aaron, Joseph Silverstein, Lynn Harrell and members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Orion, Turtle Island and Emerson String Quartets. Outside of the classical music scene, he enjoys performing and recording with singers and songwriters, and has played with popular artists such as Brian McKnight, Quincy Jones, Bobby McFerrin, Ricky Skaggs and Josh Groban.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to teach in a relaxed atmosphere, making beginners feel like they can have fun while learning the cello. I cater to each individual student's needs, and set out goals based on each individual's motivation and drive. I teach out of the Suzuki method, but also like to teach songs at the student's request. I focus on relaxation and creating a nice sound out of the instrument. With practice, I believe any student can achieve their goals.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and chair while teaching from my home. If I travel to student's homes I expect them to provide a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I teach out of the Suzuki method books. I specialize in classical training and orchestral training.

Oleg R. Fort Lee, NJ

Subjects Taught

Cello, Music Theory, Piano, Viola, Violin

About Me

Oleg is a violinist who represents the brilliant Russian violin school which is arguably one of the leading violin schools in the World during 20th century. In 1984 he was accepted to Moscow Conservatory of Music and in 1991 he graduated Conservatory with highest marks in violin and piano. In 1990 he was invited to participate in IV International Violin Competition 'Isola di Capri' (Capri Italy) and won 1st Prize of this competition playing N. Paganini's 4th Violin Concerto with cadenza which Oleg composed especially for this event. After competition he was invited to participate in music festival in Rimini Italy where he shared the stage with such famous musicians as Boris Berezovsky (1st Prize 1990 P.I.Tchaikovsky Piano Competition) Enrico Pace and Evgeny Bushkov (both winners of many international competitions). After one year with State Symphony Capella of Russia where conductor was legendary Gennady Rozhdestvensky and where Oleg performed in section 1st Violins in 1992 he accepted position of Assistant concertmaster of famous Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra and traveled around the globe performing in almost every important music hall including Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York Royal Albert and Barbican Hall in London Beethoven Hall in Bonn (Germany) Gewandhaus Symphony Hall and Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Osaka (Japan) Musikverein Golden Hall in Vienna and many more. In 1994 Oleg immigrated to USA and settled in Fort Lee NJ. He made his American debut recital in Memphis TN in 1995. Since 1994 he performed with such orchestras as New Jersey Symphony Albany Symphony New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony New Philharmonic of New Jersey Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra Bachanalia Chamber Ensemble and appeared in a few Broadway productions such 'Ragtime' and 'Music Man'. In 1996 Oleg was invited to perform with the Houston Festival Orchestra as Concertmaster under the the button of Maxim Shostakovich son of the the great Russian composer Dmitry Shostakovich. Currently Oleg teaches extensively in NJ where he holds a full time position as a string director at the Fort Lee Public Schools.

Education:

Moscow Conservatory of Music (Moscow, Russia) BM , MM.,

*** Lesson Details ***
I strongly believe that each student is an individual personality and differentiated instruction gives the best possible result. Every student has different cultural and social background and each of them deserves an equal start regardless of their differences, nor their talent. I employ patience and enthusiasm in my effort to pass my love and knowledge for classical music to my students. In 3 to 6 months with me they will be able to play some basic musical pieces with authority and confidence. For the violin/viola/cello students I am using a mix of classical and Suzuki methods. The very beginners will start with "Essential Elements 2000" and after the completion of this book the next step will be Suzuki books 1-6. For piano students I am using Bastien Piano Basics, Levels 1-4.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ piano, music stands, and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
Suziki system for strings

Thomas V. Wantagh, NY

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Cello, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Upright Bass, Violin

About Me

Thomas holds an associates degree in music performance from Nassau community college, and is currently finishing a bachelors degree in Music Education from Hofstra University. Thomas has also studied privately with many of the finest musicians New York City has to offer; including Martin Wind, Alan Hampton, Mike Frost, Jamire WIlliams, and many others. Thomas has extensive performance experience, from Orchestral music (Nassau Symphony Orchestra, Hofstra Symphony) to Jazz Combos and bigbands, as well as hard rock groups, Top 40/Dance, Salsa, Jambands, Reggae, and even Hiphop. Thomas has performed with and alongside many notable acts and musicians, such as The Wailers, Fishbone, Bobby Rondinelli (Black Sabbath) The Deep, Martin Wind, Ken Talve, and even the Hofstra Double-Bass Ensemble, to name a few.

Teaching privately since 2008, Thomas has vast experience not only with a wide variety of students, but also of instruments; specializing in Guitar, Bass, Piano, and Percussion. He has helped students achieve excellent NYSSMA scores, as well as prepare for recitals and gigs of their own, and to equal merit has helped dozens of passionate hobbyists discover the delightful inner workings of the music they love. With such a wide variety of experience performing not only different styles of music, but also on several different instruments, he is well equipped to help any student grow to their fullest potential, from young beginners to adult professionals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I take a great amount of pride in what I do, and am very proud of the results of gotten with every single student. generally I try and prepare half of the lesson (technique, theory, a new piece, ext.) and leave the rest of the time open to do whatever it is the student wants. Even something as simple as teaching them a riff from a song they like, can keep the students interest and motivation in music, and in their instrument, way up.

Lessons are very laid back, and if a student comes in with a specific question or song they want to learn I will generally drop whatever we were working on or what I had planned to see to it that the students interests are the focus of the lessons.

With me, students will learn how to read, a bit of technique, some music theory, any anything else they wish to know.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Two drum sets, electric basses, guitar and bass amplifiers, guitars, two double-basses, over a dozen music theory books and music encyclopedias, and a Mac book.

*** Travel Equipment ***
students should have their own instrument for piano, guitar, bass lessons. i can provide a bass for double-bass lessons. i can provide an amplifier for all lessons, though i recommend the student have their own.

*** Specialties ***
I am very experienced teaching Piano, Guitar, drums / percussion, Electric bass, and Double bass, both arco/classical playing as well as pizz/jazz playing.

Laura C.

New York, NY
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James Luke K.

Brooklyn, NY
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Erica Q.

Brooklyn, NY
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Laura C. New York, NY

Subjects Taught

Cello, Music Performance

About Me

*** About Me ***
I am a classically trained cellist in NYC and the founder of the Palestrina String Quartet. I am currently working towards a master's degree in cello performance at a top NYC conservatory. In addition to performing chamber music, I love to teach cello lessons to aspiring musicians of all ages! My musical aspirations stem from an undying love of music and my wish to share this with others. I am friendly, cheerful, energetic, and very patient, which creates an easy atmosphere for students to tackle the challenges of mastering the cello.

*** Lesson Details ***
I emphasize a physically relaxed and technically accurate approach to cello playing so that students are free to create music without limitations or physical discomfort.
Though playing an instrument takes hard work, it should be a fun and enjoyable experience too! We will work together to ensure that you are learning pieces that interest you and inspire you to reach the next level. By the end of each lesson you will know what to work on for the week and exactly how to practice in order to achieve the most effective results.

Students will learn the fundamentals of music theory and history while focusing on improving their technical facility on the cello. Students also work towards building their comfort with the instrument by practicing increasingly complex exercises and repertoire.

Lessons will be highly interactive and geared towards your personal goals as an aspiring cellist.

*** Equipment ***
For lessons at my home, students only need to bring their instrument and their current repertoire.

For lessons at the student's home, students need to provide their own instrument, a music stand, 2 chairs, and the repertoire we are working on. I will bring my own instrument to lessons. I can assist you in renting a cello if you do not already have one.

James Luke K. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Cello

About Me

Luke K. (BM and MM in Cello Performance at the Boston Conservatory on full scholarship), regularly performs both chamber and solo recitals in Boston, New York City, Canada and Western Europe. Mr. K. has attended numerous music festivals around the world including the Heifetz International Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, Salem New Music Festival and the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy.

Major competitions won include 3rd Prize at the ICMEC International Chamber Music Competition with his piano trio, the Lumiere Trio and 2nd prize at the Alexander & Buono International Chamber Music Festival with his string duo, Bermont & Krafka. While Mr. K. attended school, he took masterclasses with Colin Carr, Dennis Hopper, Norman Fischer, Aldo Parisot, Ron Leonard, Tim Eddy, Allison Eldridge, and members of the Lions Gate Trio, Triple Helix Trio, and the Lydian Quartet.

Mr. K. has performed at some of the biggest music halls in the world including Symphony Hall, Paul Hall at the Juilliard School, Jordan Hall, Monticelli Hall in Italy and the Hatch Shell in Boston. Along with a very active orchestral, chamber and teaching career, Mr. K. donates his time to organizations such as Project Step (a program that helps get inner city children into classical music) and Winsor Music (a program that sets up chamber concerts for nursing homes and homeless shelters). Mr. K. recently finished up a tour of Germany playing assistant-principal with the JSB Ensemble and performing works by Bach in Stuttgart and Eisennach.

Luke is the co-founder of the classical music series, Halcyon Chamber Series, a group dedicated to performing classical, tango and jazz chamber works in small, intimate settings around NYC.

*** Lesson Details ***
My focus is on making you the musician that you want to be. We will discuss and create a curriculum around what you want to be playing and the type of musician that you want to be. Looking forward to meeting you!

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I go to their home, they need 2 chairs and a stand.

*** Specialties ***
I've grown up studying with mostly eastern European and Russian teachers, so what is most important to me is that the body is comfortable playing. So many performers play with tension and it leads to tendonitis and all kind of stress related ailments. If the body is collapsed and you are using your weight to create sound, rather then muscles, you can play all day and not feel a thing.

Erica Q. Brooklyn, NY

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Cello, Fiddle, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Viola, Violin

About Me

I produce and record my own and others' music which can be heard extensively in film and TV, has been toured internationally, and received international press recognition. I play and teach several instruments and genres of music and take your tastes and learning style into utmost consideration. I always begin with practical exercises to develop technique, then we can focus on playing the music you love.

To vocal students I will teach exercises that develop technique and allows you to explore your voice. I will help you learn to make sounds you love. Singing is created by breath and muscles which we have full access to. Anyone can learn with proper focus, care and practice. I can also help you with recording and microphone technique as this is my area of expertise!

For violin, viola and cello students, I teach a combination the Suzuki Method (learning through ear training) and traditional theory and sight reading. We can also explore fiddling, blues and the foundations of jazz and rock improvisation if you're interested.

For guitar students, you can choose the songs you learn or let me recommend ones appropriate for your skill level. We can incorporate music theory, classical repertoire and sight reading into the process in degrees of your choosing. We can also explore singing while playing, songwriting and recording technique when you feel ready.

I also teach beginner piano, which I recommend for anyone who wants to better understand the mechanics of music. We learn basic classical compositions, exercises, theory, and any song you choose.

Who knows what creativity learning music will inspire? You may eventually write songs and want to explore recording them. Our lessons are held in a top of the line pro-tools recording studio where you can learn recording technique from me at any point.

I'm a classically trained violinist as well as a pop musician. I am currently playing in a chamber group, Hudson River Stings, and am in a critically acclaimed band that tours internationally. My musical training includes private lessons with some fantastic musicians such as Raz Kennedy, Jennifer Turner, Bob Corff and Matte Henderson, as well as Jazz and vocal studies at S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, San Francisco City College, and Los Angeles City College.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a laid back teacher who will give you a push when you need it! Music is joyful above all else and sometimes it's incredibly satisfying to work hard. We can talk candidly about your musical goals to determine how rigorously or casually we want to approach your lessons and practice schedule.

*** Studio Equipment ***
P.A. and vocal microphones, acoustic, electric and bass guitars, violin, cello, midi piano and pro-tools studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my instrument and extra sheet music beyond the lesson books. I expect the student to have an instrument, metronome, and lesson book (Suzuki books and CD for violin, viola and cello, Hal Leonard for guitar and bass, James Bastien for piano. I provide sheet music and a practice CD for my voice students.)

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in combination lessons such as guitar and voice lessons with a focus on songwriting. I can also help violinists who wants to transfer their knowledge of theory to guitar or piano and vice versa. We can incorporate recording techniques into any lesson.

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