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Columbus, GA

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I teach beginner cello primarily using the Suzuki books, but supplement with other materials when needed. My students work on scales and rhythm constantly to improve their tone and musicality as well as technique. I teach classical, religious, fiddle, and more. I also teach group ensembles, trios, quartets, and I work with students on their school orchestral and audition pieces.

About Erin
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.

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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!

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Music Stand and Keyboard

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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.
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REBECCA July 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Excellent and personable instructor that is able to quickly explain and teach the basics to a beginner!
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Jeremy February 28, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Great instructor and very patient
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Cadence H. September 14, 2017
· Cello · In home
Great start to my daughter's new instrument!
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Hi this is Jessica. I am a experienced cello teacher and performer who teaches all ages and all levels of students.
I have a strong classical trained background and performance experiences . I am looking forward to hear from you .

I love teaching students of all ages and abilities , after teaching many years I understand all of my student are unique and different . I make sure to create individual lesson plans and teaching methods for each of my student. Whether you are new to cello , or you had already built up certain foundation. I am looking forward to work with you and hear from you !

About Jessica
Hi. This is Jessica H. Currently I just graduated from San Francisco conservatory of music with Masters degree. I am a very patient person who has huge passion about working with kids.I have been teaching piano over 15 years. Since I have been teaching a quite long time. I have had students who past the highest level of ABRSM exams. I can be more serious and push a student to get ahead, or simply teach to have fun - to appreciate and enjoy music. I have learned, is to expect the best, pay closest attention to the students - to what they are ready for, what they want, what they are struggling with, and have a good sense of humor. Inspiring and developing students passion into music.
By the way before you book lessons I want you to know that I only take the students who are willing to take lesson weekly.
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Pat J. November 7, 2018
· Cello · In home
Jessica is a professional. Her studio is set up to accommodate a student in maximum privacy and comfort. She Is a lovely young woman who obviously enjoys her craft and is skilled at teaching in a compassionate way yet sets a high standard for her student. It would be important for a student to be self-motivated to PRACTICE diligently. Jessica does not demand that a student practice, but expects that her student will have practiced. I compliment her teaching. One final note: she is kind.
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Emily R. May 7, 2018
· Cello · In home
Jessica is awesome! Full of positive reinforcement and very patience. I highly recommend!
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Eliana January 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Eliana had her first lesson with Jessica yesterday. It was a very happy experience. Jessica is a skilled teacher, she immediately connected with Eliana and made her feel successful. We are looking forward to our next lesson.
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San Jose, CA 95131
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About Rebecca K.

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About Rebecca
Hello! I am a classically trained vocalist and percussionist, with a BA in Music, specializing in Education and Theory. I have taught band, choir, orchestra and piano in high school and middle school. I have also done Music Directing with kids aged 7-14 for various musicals and have taught elementary students aged 4-9, so I am ready for whatever you've got! I have also appeared on stage in various settings including opera, musical theater, solo work and even the occasional karaoke night. I am willing to work with your schedule and offer scholarships to those who are willing to earn them!
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She November 27, 2018
· Singing · In home
First day of my daughter’s vocal lesson , was straight forward, direct , she made count of every minute since it’s only short 30mins session , made the drive and time worth.
Looking forward for more good sessions.
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Marthe April 11, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Before taking the violin lessons with Rebecca, I had no knowledge in music whatsoever. She makes everything understandable. She has taught so much. I'm really glad that I have her as my violin instructor.
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Aidan M. April 9, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Rebecca is so sweet and my son is already looking forward to his next lesson!
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About Frederic R.

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San Francisco, CA
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Cello, theory, chamber music

About Frederic
I have been teaching cello for over 10 years. I grew up in Switzerland and stayed there until my Masters' degree, then went on to study at the University of Southern California (Doctorate of Musical Arts 2015). I recently moved to the Bay Area, where I have had the chance to play with renowned local ensembles (Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Voices of Music, Ensemble San Francisco, Chamber Music Silicon Valley amongst others). Although I love all music that involves cello, I especially enjoy exploring new repertoire as well as discovering old works on period instruments. Sharing my passion brings me a lot of joy, and teaching has become an essential part of my life.

Cellists of all ages and levels are welcome!
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Jake C. December 23, 2016
· Cello · In home
Great first lesson
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Sophie R. November 1, 2016
· Cello · In home
Learning a lot and having fun doing it!
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Mihwa N. November 9, 2015
· Cello · In home
Very good!!
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San Francisco, CA 94112
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About Luther A. B.

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The student will be instructed on the basics of proper playing techniques, music theory, and musicianship. They will learn to read music and also play by ear which will make them a well rounded player.

About Luther A.
Mr. Blackwell unique talents as educator, instrumentalist, conductor, vocal coach, cinematographer, composer and arranger make him a sought-after teacher. Currently, Luther is working with the Bridgeport Board of Education at Roosevelt Elementary School for President Obama's Arts and Humanities Turn-Around Arts Initiative he is the Executive Director and Program Director of Blackwell's School of Music and Film and Minister of Music Director for New Hope Missionary Baptist Youth Singers.
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Keith W. November 26, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Luther is an awesome teacher. There are no shortcuts with learning music, despite what the Internet may say. Luther will take you down a path that, with commitment and practice, you will gain the skills to play any style. He will help you master proper fundamentals that can be built on. He has years of experience, and a proven methodology of teaching that will benefit anyone who will apply it.
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April C. November 6, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
Excellent quality and friendly teacher. Couldn't be more pleased!
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Joseph & Tich October 4, 2018
· Piano · In home
We are so delighted to have Luther teaching our girls the piano. Our eldest who is 7 has played for a while but we are really seeing a huge impact with his instruction. She is more excited to learn and even goes independently now to practice on her own in the middle of the week, which was really never the case and she really loved her last teacher of two years. After just 3 lessons ( with a gap in between the first two) we can see she has progressed more than she has in 6 months of weekly lessons. The thing that we really love is that he is not just there to make a dollar, and he does not want to waste your money and will give it to you straight! You couldn't ask for more! OUr youngest was so impressed now even she is showing an interest in the piano and she took over the second lesson and now we have gotten the 4 year old started as well. Very satisfied customers already. Looking forward to an awesome year!
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About Jorge M.

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Hi there! I'm Jorge M., a bay area freelance cellist and music coach. My specialty is in chamber music; an intimate setting of musicians. I earned my BM and MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, have been teaching the art of cello for people from all walks of life for over 10 years.
I can't wait to teach you the wonders of learning and playing music. My teaching methods are always modified for the individual's body, and I encourage self exploration of the body and mind to achieve musical goals. Through self love of the body, we find and acknowledge the limits, and then find ways to overcome technique. Learning music has a different meaning for everyone, and I aspire to guide you in your journey. For the younger students, my fundamental purposes are to guide them on 'how to learn, by observing the present' and guide them with their reasoning process for better practice (not only applied to cello).

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Hi there! I'm Jorge Maresch, a bay area freelance cellist and music coach. My specialty is in chamber music; an intimate setting of musicians. I earned my BM and MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, have been teaching the art of cello for people from all walks of life for over 10 years.
I can't wait to teach you the wonders of learning and playing music. My teaching methods are always modified for the individual's body, and I encourage self exploration of the body and mind to achieve musical goals. Through self love of the body, we find and acknowledge the limits, and then find ways to overcome technique. Learning music has a different meaning for everyone, and I aspire to guide you in your journey. For the younger students, my fundamental purposes are to guide them on 'how to learn, by observing the present' and guide them w
ith their reasoning process for better practice (not only applied to cello).

I currently have both in-home lessons (+ a travel fee) and studio openings at the Syntonique Studios in SOMA. I offer 45 and 60 minute lessons to students of all ages. I offer scholarships for exceptional students and those that are in need as well.

Before lessons begin, a short interview process is required to take note of the student's musical background and goals / as well as the parents' needs. Please do not hesitate to reach out for any questions! Thank you, I cannot wait to work with you!
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Jorge M.

San Francisco, CA 94103
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About Tugce B.

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Ewa Beach, HI

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Music brings the beauty out of life. My first priority is to quickly lay a solid technical foundation in order to speed progress and cultivate harmony between the student and their Cello.
I have been teaching professionally for 11 years. I combine Suzuki and traditional methods.
All skill levels and ages are welcome!
Ages 5+

About Tugce
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance in Cello from Bilkent University School of Music in Ankara, Turkey on a full-scholarship, as a full-time music student for 11 years with honors.
In 2012 I graduated from Valdosta State University with my Master’s Degree in Performance with 4.0 GPA, where I was the recipient of an out of state scholarship and teaching assistantship.

While pursuing my Master’s Degree at VSU, I had the opportunity to teach in award-winning South Georgia String Project (SGSP), an after-school music program where public school-age children, from grades 1-12, have access to low-cost stringed instrument lessons. In SGSP I was fortunate enough to instruct a diverse group of children where I conducted orchestras, assisted with the Valdosta Youth Orchestra, taught group and private lessons, and applied Differ
entiated Learning teaching techniques.

My experience as an intercultural and international musician, and as a teacher enables me to collaborate with people from varying backgrounds.

I strive to tailor each student's experience. Facilitating progression and learning at the individual level.

Throughout my teaching career, my focus has been centered around cultivating the students’ interest by awakening a sense of music appreciation while teaching them the technical skills of playing an instrument.

Apart from teaching, I have been a performer for 12 years with various orchestras. And now you can see me play with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra in Oahu, where I live and teach.

I am looking forward to bringing the joy of music into your life!
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Andrea June 18, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Ms. Bryant is very patient and encouraging. She consistently tried to understand and encourage our son. She is enthusiastic about her instrument and challenged herself to develop her own skills. She has a great sense of humor, and really “clicked” with our son. He really enjoyed her as his teacher! Highly recommended! The best music teacher we have had in 27 years of parenting.
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Raquel June 17, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Working with Tugce was an absolute joy. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her as a colleague and working with her as a private instructor as well. Working with her as a colleague was pleasurable. She was very professional, approachable, and knowledgeable. If I had any questions or needed help in any way she was always there to help me and was willing to help with anything that I needed. As a private instructor she was very knowledgeable, personable, relatable, and thorough in her explanations of how things should be executed. She was always patient and made me feel at ease with where I was in my studies. She met me where I was in my studies as a cellist and worked with me to help me elevate myself in what my goals were. She helped me be confident in my own knowledge and physical ability. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who is looking for a cello teacher!!
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Jason June 17, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Tuğçe is the best out there. I took her class and had no experience what so ever when it came to strings, but she guided me through and before I knew it, I was making the strings sing like a bird.
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About Alex W.

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I am a cello teacher and performer with 10 years of teaching experience. This is what I do full time, and I love it! I enjoy working with children, adults, and groups of all ages and levels of experience.

I am a classically trained cellist and received my Bachelor's in Music, Cello Performance from Sacramento State University, and my Master's in Music, Cello Performance from Florida State University.

I play in weddings, living rooms, fancy events, and various orchestras. I've held section and principal roles in the Tallahassee Symphony, Townsend Opera, Pacific Chamber Orchestra, and North State Symphony.

Reach out if you are interested in beginning or continuing your studies in cello!

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I am a cello performer and teacher based in the Bay Area. This is what I do full-time, and I love it! I received my Master's in Music, Cello Performance from Florida State University, and my Bachelor's in Music, Cello Performance from Sacramento State University.

I have been teaching students of all ages and levels of experience since 2009. I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals in playing the cello!
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Mattia October 30, 2018
· Cello · In home
Alex was very professional and connected very well with my 9 years old.
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Rosa A. September 25, 2018
· Cello · In home
Alex is a great instructor. He is very direct, clear, pays close attention to all the parts of playing cello and tells you what is wrong with positive reinforcement. He, especially, pays attention to detail and is concerned on getting a good sound.
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Lily August 1, 2018
· Cello · In studio
He is a great teacher and gentle man.
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Berkeley, CA 94703
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About Nivek A.

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Like my Nivek (pronounced Nuh-veek), it rhymes with unique. The cello is a wonderful instrument that I enjoy playing and teaching others to play. If you are young, “tween”, teen, grown, starting something new, checking off this on your bucket list or young at heart, I’m the knowledgeable and patient teacher for you. I believe that good musicianship is important at every learning stage - beginning, intermediate, and advanced.

Background
-Cellist now for 18 years
-Master of Music in Music Education
-Orchestra teacher for 7 years now
-active performing musician with local artists and churches and for events

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-customized for you and your learning style
-focus on correct technique, music reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading

Tell me your musical goals, and I’ll give you the tools to reach them! I look forward to working with you.

About Nivek
I am a certified music educator in the state of Georgia and a professional cellist. This is my 7th year as an orchestra teacher, and I have a heart for sharing my musical knowledge with others. This year marks my 18th year as a cellist. Prior to that, I played string bass for 3 years. This year, I graduated from Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina with a Master of Music in Music Education.

I have taught all levels and stages of students. From the young to the young at heart, from the budding beginner to the advanced student. My goal is for students to become knowledgeable and independent musicians with good musicianship. We focus on correct technique, ear training, correct posture and position, note reading, music theory, and sight reading. You will receive professional, personable, and quality teaching for your g
oals. As a student, you may want to acquire the skills to play professionally or you may want to learn how to play for your enjoyment. I can help you reach your goals at a healthy pace...as long as you engage in consistent and correct practice. My lessons are planned with each individual student in mind. You are unique and so is your learning style. I adjust to your learning needs and styles while providing you with the knowledge you need to progress on the cello.

I’m an active performing cellist as well as a public school music educator. Prior to teaching in the classroom, I taught private lessons for two years.

Have questions? Send them my way. I look forward to working with you soon!
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Jeanne Giager; retired Director of Greater Atlanta Christian School's School of Music October 27, 2018
· Cello · In studio
I had the absolute pleasure of working as Nivek's music administrator for years. Her work ethic, breadth of knowledge, and passion for music education made each lesson rewarding and productive for her students. She understands how to teach...not always a given in such accomplished performer. Without hesitation I give Nivek 5 stars.
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About Luciano C.

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For the past 25 years, I have been teaching cello, guitar, music theory, and I worked as a performer, arranger, studio music producer, and soundtrack composer. I was a cellist in the Brazilian National Symphony Orchestra for 18 years, and in other projects I have played a wide range of styles, spanning Brazilian music, Brazilian jazz, electronic music, classical music, opera, and accompaniment for classical ballet and contemporary dance.
I believe that students from diverse backgrounds can equally learn the traditional subjects of music study, like music theory, music history, composition, and instrument performance. My aim is expanding the musical universe of the students, by presenting them to styles and genres outside their usual experience. Also, I want to introduce them to the creative process in various forms of art and technology. Additionally to instrument performance, I also can teach them to record and produce their music using computers, tablets or cell phones.
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I have a Masters in Music Composition from Louisiana State University School of Music, as well as a Post-Baccalaureate in Music Composition for Cinema and TV, and a Bachelor in Cello Performance from the Conservatorio Brasileiro de Musica. Furthermore, I have been a music teacher and a soundtrack composer for movies and plays in my hometown of Rio de Janeiro. Performing and teaching music has been my dream since I was young. In 1995 I started my Bachelor degree at the University of Rio de Janeiro, my major was Cello and my minor was Classic and Brazilian Guitar. In 1998 I left school to join the National Symphonic Orchestra, and I played as a cellist in this institution until 2016. Studying at the university and working as a cellist with the Orchestra has provided me with a solid knowledge of music, but I have always kept an open mind for
new sounds, no matter the genre, and have played as a cellist in works of many different styles. Additionally, I began focusing on music performance by manipulating different styles and genres. To further expand my knowledge of technology in music, I have studied recording and production processes. Another important concept that influenced me was the experience of performing in free jazz sessions and improvising accompanying silent films in Europe.
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