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Amanda D.

San Diego, CA
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Jonah K.

Nashville, TN
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Carmichael, CA
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Amanda D.

San Diego, CA

With a Bachelors of Music in Cello Performance, I am qualified to teach all levels of cello. I can teach from beginner to advanced and from the very young to the adult.

About Amanda

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 ...

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Reid B. April 21, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Amanda is an excellent teacher! She's very patient and helpful. I would highly recommend her to any of my friends.
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Sally D. December 6, 2014
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
I chose Amanda because of her stellar musical background and because she welcomes students of all ages. As a senior adult beginning cellist with 5 years of violin experience many years ago in elementary and junior high school, I wanted someone to help me get started on a new instrument without falling into bad habits right off the bat. Amanda has been so supportive of my attempts. She has excellent suggestions, makes positive comments, and wants to make sure I'm playing the kind of music that makes me happy. I've very happy with her as a teacher, and would highly recommend Amanda to others.
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Anna F. September 17, 2014
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Amanda is a great encourager! As a mature adult and a beginner, I was a little intimidated, but Amanda makes it easy to learn and she's in no hurry to push me ahead. It is my learning in my time and I appreciate that she doesn't appear to be frustrated at my "learning curve" but rather encourages me and addresses any issues I might be experiencing. Amanda is open to contact throughout the week as well - not just lesson time - if I'm struggling with something specific. Amanda is always on time and prepared to begin the lesson. With just a half hour and a busy schedule, I truly appreciate those qualities. Beginning as a "doubter" I am starting to think that I may be able to do this after all!
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Jonah K.

Nashville, TN

About Jonah

Hello! I believe that music is something everyone can do: it can be played alone or in pairs (and trios, quartets,etc). Playing music is extremely rewarding. It's about discovering your potential, and having fun doing it! Having played music for 25 years, and teaching for 12, I have experience as a performer, composer, and producer. I grew up playing cello before switching to guitar, and graduated from New England Conservatory of Music with a BA in jazz performance. Most recently, I moved to Nashville where I am currently training to be a Registered Piano Technician. *** Lesson Details *** I offer a wide pallet of musical options. Whether teaching guitar, piano, bass, violin, or cello, I aim to provide a well rounded approach to the performance and understanding of music. ...

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Lynne H. September 30, 2014
Cello · In home
Verified Student
He is a superior teacher! His musical ability is sine qua non. His ability makes it easy for me to learn from him. He began early with the cello, which he plays beautifully. He has also mastered other instruments. We play duets together and I enjoy playing with him very much. His theory is excellent; I have learned so much being his student. He has made me better and I feel more confident about my own playing and about myself.

I would definitely rate Jonah a 5 star teacher and would strongly recommend him to others.
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Loretta R. August 6, 2014
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
We are so pleased with the instruction our son received this summer with Jonah. He is excellent with students. You can tell he cares about their progress and their personal goals and that they really learn with him as their teacher. We have taken lessons with other music teachers in the past with our older children, and we have not found one that takes as much time with the student and really cares that they learn the way Jonah has.
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Tysha H. November 18, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Laid back guy, great with kids, excellent musical knowledge

Jonah works with both of our sons teaching piano. He is positive and upbeat and encourages them to do their best. His credentials are impeccable with a wide-ranging and deep musical background/education. He expects success from the kids, he gently pushes them to succeed. He is always on time to our house and is trustworthy. We highly recommend Jonah.
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JoAnn R.

Carmichael, CA

Cello playing is strenuous and can result in chronic stress injuries. Learning to play with minimal tension in your arms and hands is an important step in playing strain free and results in more a more beautiful tone and phrasing. I teach you to use your larger trunk and leg muscles to transfer your body weight to your cello as opposed to using small muscles in your hands and arms. This is safer and more easily produces the lovely resonant tone qualities that make the cello special.

I particularly enjoy teaching adults who have struggled with tension and discomfort.

I have played in orchestras for over 15 years and play in several local chamber ensembles and know the challenges of playing with others.

About JoAnn

Your lessons are designed to help you develop the skills and confidence you need to successfully perform in public. I work hard to prepare your lessons and I ask my students to invest daily time working on skills studied at their lessons. Performing music requires the patient integration of multiple skills over time, however, the rewards are BIG. I continually update my teaching methods by attending workshops and master classes and I incorporate my knowledge of human anatomy and function, to help you perform with minimal strain. Also, I incorporate internet resources in your lessons to keep them interesting and up to date. What will your lessons be like? At your first lesson we will explore and name the parts of your instrument (voice or cello). We'll talk about what you ...

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Mark C. July 5, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I am a brand new singing student, although, at 59, I am not brand new. After my first three lessons I am completely satisfied that I chose the right instructor. JoAnn is warm and friendly and makes me feel welcome and comfortable. It is clear she has a deep knowledge and love of music and singing, has a lot to offer her students, and enjoys the teaching interaction. I am thoroughly enjoying the experience and look forward to every lesson. Although my development is in the very early stages, I'm already noticing progress and certainly a more educated awareness of my voice.
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Emily G. April 25, 2014
Singing
Great Voice Teacher!

I really enjoy my voice lessons with JoAnn. She is a great teacher! I've been taking voice lessons with JoAnn for a few years now and am so happy with how I sound and feel while singing. I started out as a complete beginner with quite a bit of tension in my body and have progressed along nicely these past few years.

JoAnn is extremely knowledgeable about music and really enjoys sharing that knowledge with her students. She is passionate about music and teaching. JoAnn is patient and really makes an effort communicate effectively with her students. I’ve always appreciate her enthusiasm and the effort she puts into planning my lessons.

JoAnn also has a lovely music studio. It is comfortable, private, light, and airy with a nice view of her backyard. Her music studio is quiet and I never have trouble hearing her, myself, or the keyboard.
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Anna R. February 25, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Great teacher!

Jo Ann is a wonderful teacher. She is very knowledgeable, patient, responsive to the needs of the students, and provides excellent explanations. I started taking lessons with her as a complete beginner and, with her help, learn to understand the features of my voice and the mechanics of voice production. Also, it is very fun to work with her!

Sue D.

Charlotte, NC
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Jessica G.

Pasadena, CA
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Caitlin A.

Chicago, IL
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Sue D.

Charlotte, NC

I teach at all levels. We focus on technic, playing in different positions, vibrato, bowing methods, and intonation. We study the beautiful capabilities of the instrument.

About Sue

I enjoy teaching students of all ages and levels. Each lesson is customized to meet the individual students' needs and goals. I have over 15 years of teaching experience. My education in music is extensive. I was principal cellist at the Interlochen Arts Academy orchestra in Interlochen, Michigan. I have a Doctorate from Indiana University in Music Composition and Music Theory. I also studied piano and cello at Indiana University. I have a Masters degree in music from Butler University in Indianapolis. My major was composition but I also studied piano. My teaching experience is also extensive. I have taught intermediate campers at the Interlochen Center for the Arts summer camp as well as at Butler University and Indiana State University. I have been writing music and ...

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Travis B. January 30, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
It is easy to recommend Sue to anyone as she is a fantastic music instructor. She makes learning seem easy, which is the hallmark of a great teacher. You will find her to be extremely friendly and approachable so you never fear making mistakes or asking any questions; her patience is unwavering.

One particularly great thing about Ms. Sue D.'s teaching method is her flexibility with learning material. She took time to review method books I had from a previous teacher, picking songs and exercises she felt would supplement lessons from the books we normally use.

I have found my lessons to be both enjoyable and extremely informative. When we are reviewing the material from the previous week at the beginning of a new lesson I always have the feeling I've made real progression on the instrument.
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Gabi K. February 12, 2014
Cello
Verified Student
perfect Cello teacher

Just love the way how Sue makes my 8 year old pay attention to cello techniques without annoying her. The pieces of music she chooses are always perfect, either for my daughter's skills and for her fun. Sue manages to teach music theory right along the way and it is amazing, how much improvement can be realized in my daughter's abilities just after a few lessons with Sue. Thank you, Sue!
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Gabi K. February 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
best piano teacher ever

Sue is the most wonderful piano teacher ever! Always challenging, but never overburdening my ten year old daughter. In addition to piano techniques Sue teaches a lot of music theory, too. And she does this in a way that my daughter never is bored. Sue creates a lesson atmosphere, that is very relaxing and fun, but still purposeful and my daughter is looking forward to every single lesson. Just love Sue.
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Jessica G.

Pasadena, CA

Cello lessons in my studio, at your home, or on-line.

About Jessica

I have 20 years of playing experience along with a Bachelor's degree in Cello Performance. I was the section leader of my university's orchestra as well as a full-scholarship member of the university quartet. As a professional gigging musician, I have played with Il Divo, Mario Winans, La Jolla Symphony, Doctor's Symphony, Porta Caeli Chamber Players, and the quartet La Dolce. I am a member of MTAC (Music Teacher's Association of California) and can sign my students up for Certificate of Merit. This is a music study program with an annual evaluation and written assessment. Stand-out students will be invited to play at the Branch Recital. *** Lesson Details *** Lessons differ slightly depending on the student. In general, it starts with scales for intonation or working on ...

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Patty K. February 25, 2015
Cello · Online
Verified Student
My 11-year-old daughter has had lessons with Jessica for about three months and has learned so much from Jessica. Prior to these online lessons, our daughter started learning cello with a local teacher for about 3-4 months. The teacher stopped giving lessons unexpectedly and we couldn't find a replacement so decided to go online. Doing music lessons online with someone you haven't met in person can seem daunting, but Jessica has figured out how to come across over Skype as fully present, engaged, positive and encouraging. We almost feel as if she's there in person. She can pick up on many things by asking the right questions and follows through with proper advice and recommendations for improvement. At one point, our daughter had concerns with wrist pain and Jessica fully took it upon herself to look into the matter. Jessica is very timely and flexible. At times we've had to adjust the schedule and she was quite accommodating. She also had to work with our daughter's solo performance at school and amazingly in less than 2 months prepared her for the piece. We highly recommend.
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Mike E. December 5, 2014
Cello · Online
Verified Student
After only two sessions I am so glad to have found Jessica. She is patient, observant, helpful and so encouraging. I was unsure how online cello lessons would work but this is the ideal format for me. Jessica is able to observe form and offer gentle suggestions how as well as instruction on sound. I wish I was able to take the lessons in person with Jessica because there are a couple limitations to Skype (such as a slight lag and inability to have seamless dialogue or duets) but Jessica obviously knows how to deal with these technical problems. I highly recommend Jessica and am sure that with her help even an old, slow returning cellist will soon be enjoying playing complex music. Finally, Jessica has been very flexible with my crazy schedule lately. An awesome person and great instructor.
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DeAnn D. November 25, 2014
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
I took up the cello in my late 20's and am finally back taking lessons after a few years, so I had developed a lot of bad playing habits. Jessica really helped to deconstruct my technique and is helping me rebuild a stronger foundation on which to perform. She is also dependable regarding emailing and texting when needed. I would definitely recommend her!
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Caitlin A.

Chicago, IL

About Caitlin

I am a life-long musician and active performer here in Chicago, IL. I've been playing music since age 5 and have variously studied piano, cello, and percussion. As a double major in Anthropology and Music at Lawrence University (Appleton, WI), I am drawn to music as a creative cultural phenomenon that resonates between all people and it is for this reason that I love to share, teach, and learn music with others. I am building a studio here in Chicago and am excited to share my love of cello and commitment to making music fun as I work to build students into life-long musicians. My primary instrument is the cello and I have performance experience as a soloist, as well as orchestral and chamber musician. Since arriving in Chicago in 2010, I have served as Principal Cellist with the ...

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Wanying W. April 9, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
I took some in-home lessons. Caitlin is an excellent teacher! She always came up with effective ways to help me with my problem areas. I so agree with a review above--she made learning cello so approachable!
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Magdalena B. November 15, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is a wonderful teacher. My daughter is always excited about the classes. She is very well organized and has a great lesson plan for young children. She is very patient and I highly recommend her.
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Teresa Z. October 13, 2014
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Caitlin is an experienced, enthusiastic teacher. She is always ready with a variety of methods, exercises and suggestions that make learning cello fun and approachable. I give her an A+ and would recommend her for other adult learners.

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