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Maria H.

Sacramento, CA

I've been teaching cello for 30 years and my students have gone on to play with different ensembles like symphony orchestras. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play simple songs by reading and by ear and as time goes on you'll be able to play more complex repertoire. I specialize in classical, style but I can teach you different kinds of styles, typically use Kummer method and Suzuki repertoire but I use a variety of method and books. I have the following tools available for your lessons: cello, computer program, sound system, Tuner and Metronome . I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Maria

With more than 20 years of teaching experience for the cello, I have taught students of all ages, throughout California and overseas. I earned a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Cello Performance and am currently the Principal cellist for the Camellia Symphony, California. In addition, I am teaching all levels of cello and beginner violin lessons to my students in Folsom, Napa and Sacramento.

My professional performing experience began in Medellin, Colombia in 1985 with the Medellin Philharmonic Orchestra where I was their Soloist beginning in 1992 and later on, as First Cel
lo, from 1998-2002.

While in Colombia, I also performed with the Antioquia Symphonic Orchestra and the Antioquia Chamber Orchestra from 1991-1999.

I left my hometown of Medellin to come to the United States where I performed with the Texas Christian University Orchestra in Fort Worth, Texas in 2000. Returning to Medellin, I spent the next year with the Eafit Symphonic Orchestra.

Finally, I settled in Sacramento in 2003, coming here to earn my Master's Degree in Cello Performance while performing throughout the next year with the California State University, Sacramento Symphony.

In Sacramento, I have also performed with the Sacramento Metropolitan Orchestra and with several other chamber groups.

At this time, I am teaching all levels of cello and beginner violin. My students range in age from six to seventy years and enjoy learning in a relaxing environment at their own pace.

I incorporate several different teaching styles to meet each students' individual needs and abilities.

*** Specialties ***
cello, violin
Suzuki for kids and traditional classical style.
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Gordon F. December 30, 2014
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Maria has been my cello teacher for 6 years. She has made learning the cello so much fun and such a great part of me life. She is very positive and sweet even when I mess up and she helps me feel good about my mistakes. She looks at what I do well and gets me excited about working on the songs. She always helps me stay in perfect pitch and helps me prepare for when songs get harder, by making sure I have good tequnique. She always knows what to work on to make my lesson as successful as possible. After six years of playing with her I am playing this amazing and beautiful music. The Bach Cello concertos and the other songs I play make me feel so happy relaxed and filled with joy. She loves the cello and being a musician. And every time you go to her lesson, you just feel the love she has for the instrament and the music and how she wants to share that feeling with you and help you have the same feeling. Maria is the reason I can play so well and she is also the reason I have continued to play for so long and will continue to play for the rest of my life. I am so happy that I have the most amazing, loveing and fun teacher in the world. I think everyone thinking of playing an instrament should choose cello just so they can take lessons with Maria. My lesson is the highlight of my week.

Gordon Felesina, 14 years old
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E G. September 22, 2014
Cello
Maria is a wonderful cello teacher! She teaches well to the individual, is very patient, and gives much encouragement. She always has an answer to my son's questions about cello or music in general. He says he knows she enjoys teaching because she is happy and full of energy at lessons. Lesson time is well-spent and my son always leaves lessons with a renewed desire to practice and improve.
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Dana C. August 28, 2014
Cello · In studio
Maria has been teaching my son for 5 years and keeps him progressing and motivated through the challenges of learning a highly articulated skill. A great mix of praise & discipline have made my son feel more confident about taking on a new challenge and while he may never be the next Yo-yo-ma he is learning a wonderful art talent that will make him a more well rounded young adult.
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Maria H.

Maria H.

Sacramento, CA 95864
(11)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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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 t
o 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 would like to learn, set attainable goals and select songs that you will be successful learning.

In subsequent lessons you will warm up with scales and exercises, using common intervals with basic rhythms to improve your technical abilities and gain musical skills and knowledge, such as hearing pitches and intervals and keeping with the beat. This will also help you learn to read music.

Singers will learn to use breathing to coordinate with your vocal folds to make a beautiful tone and sing on pitch, relax your throat and tongue to create resonant chambers, shape your mouth and tongue to color the tone, and use your tongue and lips to form the words.

Cellists will learn to transfer your body weight into your cello to produce a mellow tone, placing your hands and arms on the cello and bow in a relaxed and balanced manner to allow you to play smoothly and in tune and to prepare you to produce a lovely vibrato. Since cellos don'™t have frets, you will also learn to locate each note on the cello but just a few notes at a time - until you know them all.

You will learn to use your technical skills and knowledge to create musical phrases that sound beautiful and authentic and are fun to perform and listen to. You will need to practice simple skills and phrases repeatedly until they become habit. I will lend you my kind and patient support to help you through the bumps in the road.

Not sure how to practice at home?
To support your practice at home you will: Receive a recording of each lesson to practice with; Learn simple exercises you can do at home; Learn to create and use simple backup tracks of your songs to learn to hear rhythm and harmony; Learn how to use your computer at home to get feedback for pitch, and tone quality.

Nervous about performing?
When you are comfortable you will have three opportunities per year to perform in student programs performing for friends and families.

You will have opportunities to participate and perform in workshops which include performance opportunities, lectures, demonstrations and Master Classes with nationally recognized teachers and performers. And students can earn Certificate of Merit which are recognized by universities.
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Adam June 28, 2015
Vocal Training
My first lesson was great, and I look forward to more sessions. Thank you JoAnn.
Adam Aldama aka Sizzle, from www.timinmusicentertainment.com
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Leanna F. June 11, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Very professional! Very Kind! Supportive with your learning. She builds a relationship with you. Completely recommend !
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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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JoAnn R.

JoAnn R.

Carmichael, CA 95608
(20)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Kenneth K.

Stockton, CA

I have had many opportunities to grow in the area of Cello playing. I took an intense two year training course in college where we met everyday. I learned many cello teaching techniques to augment my violin/violin techniques. This training was invaluable to me. I am also now a part of the Valli Celli in my Stockton, CA. The Valli Celli is an all cello choir. This experience has and will continue to aid in my teaching of the cello.

About Kenneth

My philosophy of teaching has many facets:
1.) The students physical health must be taken into consideration when playing an instrument.
2.) Only through hard work and practice can a student make lasting improvements.
3.) Repetition is the key to long-lasting learning.
4.) A teacher needs to be a cheerleader and a task-master at the same time.
5.) I use the Suzuki Method in as many ways as possible along with reading exercises for most ages.

*** Lesson Details ***
I do have high expectations of my students, but I am considerate about schedules and family conflicts.

*** Studio
Equipment ***
Office/classroom, seating for parents, piano - it is his so reservations won't be an issue

*** Specialties ***
I am currently training with a violin/viola master teacher who specializes in teaching the Suzuki Method. I have been training with her since 2009. My method of teaching is applicable to every field in which I teach. I believe a musician produces the best tone with the most efficiency when their body is free of any unnecessary extrinsic muscle tensions. My students learn how to produce music in very healthy way. I don't listen for all my students to sound exactly the same, rather I listen for them to sound free of tensions.
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Kenneth K.

Kenneth K.

Galt, CA 95632
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Heidi L.

Lodi, CA

With Carol Ann Hays

About heidi

I have been playing the piano since 1992 and teaching for over 15 years. I love teaching. I've tried to quit and couldn't because I missed it so much. I teach preschool music classes, private lessons and tutor college level Theory.
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Heidi L.

Heidi L.

Lodi, CA 95240
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Karissa H.

Carmichael, CA

I teach my students how to get the best, warmest sound from the beautiful instrument they have chosen. I will correct technique, and instrument placement to guarantee each student is getting the most out of their instrument, and every lesson will be focused mainly on teaching each student how to make thier instrument sing with the most beautiful tone it is capable of. Every lesson will include time in music theory, reading music, technique exercising, and learning and mastering a piece of music

About Karissa

I am a well versed person, very knowledgable in music and the arts. I have a passion to share the knowledge I posses with anyone who will receive it. I am a very open minded, caring person. I've been teaching music since the age of 13, my experience with art comes from a life time of fabulous coaching from many different teachers, and the educational coaching that I can offer comes from experience I acquired teaching along side my mom, who tutored kids for a living.
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Karissa H.

Karissa H.

Carmichael, CA 95608
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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