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Popular Cello Teachers Near Rancho Santa Fe

Mikhail B.

San Diego, CA
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Erin C.

Poway, CA
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Bijan Z.

San Diego, CA
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Mikhail B. San Diego, CA

About Me

Born in the Soviet Union, came over in 1989...

Was taught Violin by Gypsy Uncle in strict Soviet style at age 9...

Concertmaster in Poway high school with Gary Horimoto conducting...

UCSD composition and performance with Janos Negyesy (Berlin Philharmonic), Chinary Ung (Grawemeyer Award), Aleck Karis, Andrew Infanti, Steven Takasugi, Jon Fonville, Edwin Harkins, Phil Larson...

While attending college, I was working as an orchestra conductor and music teacher for a k-12 school... and later went on to teaching at more schools such as in National City School District, CCPAA in El Cajon, as well as Clairemont... Montessori school in La Jolla, Old Town Academy etc.

Did many "hired gun gigs" in the styles of Latin, Latin Jazz, Classical, Jazz, Gypsy, Electronic, Rock, Pop, and many more...

This year (2014) Recorded violin and cello on an album which won an SDMA music award voted best "Americana Album" with a group called Midnight Pine.

I've also done some scoring for NBC, and the New York City Ballet where my cousin is a dancer.

Corporate music gigs and bands such as i-earth music, a band with Mark Hunton and Evan Hesse.

Some of my private students went on to be professional musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
Step-by-step, methodical, fun, in-depth.

*** Studio Equipment ***
giant LCD, instruments for rent, and other cool stuff!

*** Specialties ***
Classical, film score, rock, pop, fiddle, jazz, Latin, gypsy, and many more. Ages 3 to 99 accepted

Erin C. Poway, CA

About Me

My name is Erin. I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a concentration in Violin. I began studying violin at the age of six. I have performed with small chamber ensembles, orchestras, quartets, and trios. I enjoy playing for churches and weddings, and love teaching.

I began teaching beginner to advanced Violin and Viola in April of 2001 in NC. I moved to California in the fall of 2008. Since moving to California I have extended my teaching to beginner Piano and Cello also. I have taught students ages 3 to 87 how to play and enjoy music on a personal level. My experience includes leading sectionals for middle school orchestra, organizing and instructing small ensembles, and organizing student recitals. Student recitals I arranged once or twice a year to showcase the students' growth and abilities, and to provide an opportunity to give back to family and friends whose sacrifices and support enable the students to succeed.

I teach because I love music and I believe God has given me a gift. Playing and teaching help me to use my talent for His glory. I love working with people and I love how music enables people of all ages to open up and express themselves in a positive way, no matter what life throws their way. I believe music teaches discipline, builds self esteem; helps set and achieve goals; and positively affects and enhances other curricular endeavors.

My teaching philosophy is to always have fun while learning, to set attainable goals for the student, to learn through encouragement and discipline, and to help students come to love music on a personal level. I focus on the character of each student and their goals and desires to see that the student and/or parents are satisfied. Teaching is a privilege for me that I do not take for granted.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer half hour, forty-five minute, sixty minute lessons, or longer on a weekly basis, but I do Not offer bi-weekly lessons. My lessons begin with the fundamentals of music. I believe a firm foundation in rhythm and reading is important because a student may switch musical instruments one day and the basics are universal and necessary. I have a deep love and appreciation for music which I hope to instill in my students as well. I am strict in the sense that I like students to polish their pieces before moving on. I like to keep them focused on playing well, not just playing.

A typical lesson will begin with scales to warm up, a review of the previous week's material, and a new assignment. Students will memorize pieces, be proficient in scales and rhythms, and all the while laughing and having a great time. I am known with my students for my creative analogies and flexibility to try new things in order to adapt to the students strengths and weaknesses. My students look forward to coming to their lesson, and that is very rewarding as a teacher.

I primarily use the Suzuki method for Violin and Viola, because it offers progressive steps to mastering technique, style, and musicality. My curriculum includes the use of Winning Rhythms, Wohlfahrt studies, All for Strings Theory, Essentials for Strings, and many more beginner and advanced studies; including shifting and double stops.

I love music and I love working with people; teaching is just icing on the cake. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals and discover your talents and I hope we can learn together. I look forward to meeting you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Stand and Keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have their instrument, and necessary accessories ie: rosin, shoulder rest, strings, books, and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I teach Music on Violin, Viola, and Piano, as well as beginner cello. I am very creative in my teaching methods, though I use the Suzuki Method primarily for string instruments. I believe learning should be fun. I teach all the fundamentals of music from the beginning: counting rhythm, scales, reading music, theory.

Bijan Z. San Diego, CA

About Me


I believe that music is rooted in all human beings and cultures in a reach and vast variety of forms. Music unifies and engages thinking and feeling in a direct and immediate way. Music influences individuals simultaneously on different levels of consciousness and form an important device for learning, recreation, arranging of conscious and unconscious impressions and at the same time for characterizing and conveying ideas and thoughts. This as a point of departure characterizes my teaching philosophy, which strives to create a climate in which my students can experience continuous musical, intellectual, and emotional growth.

As a music instructor and musicologist I demonstrate the characteristics of professional and passionate for everything related to my teaching. I am passionate; for I know the more I teach the more I learn.

I have three educations:
1) PhD in Musicology,
2) Master in Music Education and
3) Bachelor in Electrical Engineering.

I have about 20 years teaching experience and I am a California Certified Music Teacher

I speak english, german, swedish and farsi and love to work with people of all ages.

I teach:
1) Guitar
2) Piano/Keyboard
3) Drums
4) Singing
5) Bass Guitar
6) Music Theory
7) Violoncello

Welcome to My Lessons

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Pop, Rock

Amanda D.

San Diego, CA
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Kun L.

San Diego, CA
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Sarah L.

San Diego, CA
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Amanda D. San Diego, CA

About Me

As a teacher, I have had the privilege of working with private students for the past 10 years. It is one of the great joys of my life. My studio currently consists of students of all ages who study cello, piano, or violin with me.

As a lifelong student of music, myself, I have been blessed to study under a number of great teachers, including world-famous cellist Nathaniel Rosen, and I hold a Bachelors of Music Performance from Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.

I have also had the chance to record cello for film, classical albums (including recordings by Maestro Paul Phillips and Dr. Jack Delaney), and contemporary music projects.

In drawing on my experiences both as a teacher and performer, my goal with each of my students is to guide them on a focused, disciplined, but always-fun journey of musical discovery as they learn their chosen instrument.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a very flexible approach to teaching music. Do you want to be a classical musician? Great! Or, would you rather learn pop or movie music? No problem. As long as you're learning, I'm happy!

As far as curriculum, I use the Faber piano series to get my students started. For my string students I use Essential Elements for strings and the Suzuki books. These methods are used for learning the basics of the instrument. Once proficiency is achieved, we can switch directions to whatever style of music the student prefers to learn.

How fast a student learns is completely up to them. I can pour a lot of information into a half hour lesson, but if the student isn't practicing at home, their progress is going to be extremely slow. My best students put in at least 30 minutes of practice at home and have a passion for what they are doing. I'm only part of the process of helping a student learn music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A baby grand piano, tons of music, good lighting and a separate waiting area for families....toys included for little siblings.

*** Specialties ***
I mainly teach classical, but I also encourage exploring all styles of music. For strings I use the Suzuki method and for Piano I use the Faber method.

Kun L. San Diego, CA

About Me

I began to learn the cello at nine years old. After being admitted to the Affiliated Middle School of Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China in 2004, Kun began to study with the Professor Jiwu Li and Lin Ji. In 2007, she enrolled ShangHai Conservatory of Music for undergraduate student under with the professor Jiuhe Chen. She got the scholarships every year from her Academy. At September of 2011, she got the Scholarship from University of Cincinnati, College--Conservatory of Music for Master degree, and to be a student with Professor Yehuda Hanani.

In 2004, Kun started to play chamber music including string quartet, piano trio and piano quintet. Their piano trio won the Haydn Chamber Music competition in 2009 in Shanghai. Kun was also participated in numerous music camps including the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing in 2009, and the High Peaks Festival and Cello Seminar in Hunter, New York in September 2011, etc. And in July 2012, Kun was recommended to be a secretary in Great Wall International Music Academy.

Kun joined the Chamber Orchestra of Xinghai Conservatory of Music during September 2004 to June 2007 and the Cello Chamber Orchestra of Xinghai Conservatory from September 2005 to June 2007. As a member of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Youth Symphony Orchestra since 2007, she have been on various stages including 2009 Shanghai Spring International Music Festival opening ceremony concert in memory of the fiftieth anniversary Violin Concerto" Butterfly Lovers; Concert Hall of National center for the performing arts "spring flowers autumn harvest "symphonic concerts; and performing with Japan Star Dancers Ballet Troup New Geselle as Principal cello in Shanghai Expo site's , etc. She also played in Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra from December 2010 to May 2011 and in Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra in July 2011 before she graduated from Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She joined the CCM Concert Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra from September 2011. And also have performance in CCM Chamber Player in October 2012. Kun played for a lot of master classes including the Master class with Tokyo String Quartet in CCM in October 2012. And she was recommended to coach the cello section of Kurt Sassmannshaus’ Starling programs and founded “Starling Kids” in 2013. As the music director in Azure education since January 2014.

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teach Cello and Chinese

Sarah L. San Diego, CA

About Me

I received my undergraduate training in music from Pomona College and my graduate training from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. I have studied with Gaiana Mndoian, a pupil of Mstislav Rostropovich, and with Mark Kosower, a pupil of Janos Starker. In addition, I hold a Certificate of Completion from the Waldorf Institute of Southern California.

In teaching, I work to combine the instrumental technique gleaned from my musical training with Steiner’s insights about music and about working with children. Both my musical and Waldorf studies have emphasized to me the innate power, significance and benefit of sound, or tone, itself.

The cello can be soothing to a child for exactly this reason—it has a deep, comforting voice. In addition, learning to play an instrument provides a host of developmental benefits for children, whether not the child is particularly “advanced” and whether or not he or she continues to play later in life.

I choose pieces based on what seems appropriate for the individual at that particular time. I strive to bring pictures, images, poems, metaphors and stories to awaken the impulse behind the music, bringing it to life and also to help teach basic technique. I go at the student's pace, gently and patiently encouraging.

After each lesson I give the student a list of exactly what to practice and also 2-4 major points of focus. (Sometimes the student creates this list.) This short list creates the possibility of steady improvement if addressed at each practice session.

I enjoy working with those who have special needs and learning challenges as well as with those who show special gifts. I am continually inspired by the creativity, musicality and enthusiasm of my students. I find that teaching is really just constant learning!

I look forward to working with you or with your child. Thank you for allowing me the gift of sharing in the journey in learning this beautiful instrument.

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