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Michael P.

Brooklyn, NY

I am a New York State Certified Music Educator and Cellist. I have been teaching privately for over 10 years and currently run a Strings Orchestra program in Brooklyn for the New York City Department of Education. I love teaching and hope you consider joining my studio!

About Michael

Beginning his cello instruction at the age of 8, Michael spent the majority of his early years under the guidance of Nancy Hambleton-Torrente, current director of music for the Yorktown public school districts in Westchester county. During his undergraduate years, he attended Colgate University where he received a B.A. in both Music and Psychology. While at Colgate, Michael had the privilege of studying with cellist Florent Renard-Payen, founder and director of the esteemed Tarob Cello Ensemble. Upon graduation, Michael continued his studies at Montclair State University where he received an A
rtist Diploma in performance. Under the guidance of Nicholas Tzavaras of the Shanghai String Quartet, Michael performed two solo recitals for the John J. Cali School of Music before further pursuing his studies in the studio of Marc T. Johnson of the Vermeer Quartet. From 2012 to 2014, Michael served as principal cellist of the Symphony Orchestra at Hunter College while concurrently earning a Masters degree in Music Education. He graduated with summa cum laude honors in 2014 and began his teaching career with the New York City Department of Education later that year.

At present, Michael is director of Orchestral activities at P.S. 205 Clarion in Brooklyn N.Y. and principal cellist of the Riverside Orchestra on the upper west side of Manhattan. He runs a full private teaching studio and actively gigs in and around the greater New York City area. He has also played in numerous master classes for world renowned cellists such as Lynn Harrell and Andres Diaz, and has had the privilege of working with esteemed conductors such as Marietta Cheng of the Southern Finger Lakes Orchestra, Paul Hostetter, Chair of Orchestral Activities for the Schwob School of Music, and Rueben Blundell, current Conductor and Music Director of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, the Hunter Symphony and the Riverside Orchestra.

While Michael does enjoy a busy academic and teaching schedule, he believes that part of the joy of being a working musician is having the ability to share his love of music with others, something he feels both honored and privileged to be able to do.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching philosophy is one that tailors to the specific needs, interests and abilities of each individual. Throughout my years of private instruction, I have learned that no two individuals learn and/or think the same way. Thus, for some students I have found the Suzuki method to be highly effective, while for others I have been more comprehensive with my instruction, incorporated scales, etudes, sonatas, concerti and Bach suites for a more well rounded approach. Regardless of the methodology employed, all of my students will attest that I set clear and high expectations for every lesson, yet am very understanding, friendly and approachable right from the start. My goal is to provide every individual with the tools necessary for becoming a well-rounded musician, so that they too can share their love for music with others.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two music stands and chairs.

*** Specialties ***
While I do specialize in classical instruction, I am able to instruct students in a variety of genres, including Jazz, Pop, and alternative rock. In addition, I tend to tailor my lessons to the needs of my students. If they are more comfortable learning by rote, then this is how I tend to instruct. My lessons are loosely structured by beginning with scales, moving on to etudes, then finishing with Bach suites, a sonata and/or a concerto.
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Marlynn May 3, 2016
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Beginner nerves vanished immediately. Michael is very disarming. Very encouraging. Very happy with him.
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Laura J. August 6, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
I've had other instrumental teachers before (piano, trombone, cello, and voice (voice is another story)) and Michael is probably the best instructor I've ever had. Even when I don't have the time or ability to practice as much as I should he just encourages and makes me feel good about the work I did do. He explains things very clearly, really knows what he's talking about (which for the cello is really important and not as common as you'd think), and just makes our lessons enjoyable. I'm only a beginner but I already have so much more confidence in what I understand about the instrument in my hands. It's kind of awesome.
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Emmett Larsen August 3, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Michael is great--it is clear that he is a versatile teacher, and he is very receptive to the needs and goals of the student. He is extremely supportive yet also has a keen critical eye/ear. I will definitely be continuing with him!
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Michael P.

Michael P.

Brooklyn, NY 11209
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Catherine W.

Brooklyn, NY

I only teach beginner cello.

About Catherine

Catherine is a performer, teacher, and arranger. She has performed in world class venues such as Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, as well as the Museum of Natural History, and she has performed with over thirty different chamber ensembles, including the American String Quartet and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Her career developments are primarily in music, but she also pursues interest in creative writing, journal writing and human rights. She has given may community performances and raised charity funds for organizations such as World Vision, A. G. Rh
odes Health & Rehab nursing home, Columbia Hospital, Corpus Christi Church, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Catherine initially gained her musical inspiration through her family and has been performing since her youth. Her family provided her countless opportunities to perform, to participate in event planning, and to experiment with new music and arranging. She grew up participating in her mother's studio recitals at home and enjoys an annual family tradition of organizing and performing Christmas programs at church. One of Catherine's projects during her studies at the Manhattan School of Music was the Symposium Concert Series, which has led her to perform in apartment homes around the city and build a community of young artists. She has made countless arrangements for solo viola and viola with various ensembles which she often performs.

Catherine resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, Lawrence. She plays on a Raymond J. Melanson viola made in 1987.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm able to travel to the student's home or teach at my home. Parents are welcome to sit in the lesson.

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*** Specialties ***
Patience
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Shakaya E. April 11, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
It was a great class,and I look forward to more.
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Martin E. December 8, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son loves piano lesson with Catherine
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Anaya S. November 4, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
This was our first meeting with Catherine,she appropriately dressed and on time. She answered all my questions.She and my child worked well together they seem to be a good fit.
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Catherine W.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
(5)
starting at
$32 / 30-min
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Valeriya S.

Brooklyn, NY

Dear all,

My name is Valeriya, and I'm a cello graduate of the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music.

I have had the pleasure and honor of teaching for 7 years, and for me, it is one of the most satisfying parts of being a professional cellist! I keep my teaching friendly, sensitive, and to the point. Also, the student's feedback of the utmost importance to me!

Please don't hesitate to contact me, and I look forward to meeting you!

Sincerely,
Valeriya

About Valeriya

Hi all!

My name is Valeriya, and I am a graduate of the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. I have been studying cello for over 16 years, and have been teaching privately for 7 of them. I am also currently in the process of getting a Suzuki Teaching certification.

To me, teaching is one of the most satisfying parts of being a professional cellist, and I would love to be able to help you grow as a musician, whether online or in the comfort of your home! As a freelancer, my schedule is flexible, so it wouldn't be hard for me to accommodate your schedule.

I try and keep my
teaching as simple as possible, being practical and to the point. The student's feedback of the utmost importance to me, as it guides me towards best suiting their individual needs.

Please don't hesitate to contact me, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,
Valeriya
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Grace May 8, 2016
Cello · In home
Valeriya has been a great cello teacher for me, as a beginner student. She has helped me to build a strong foundation in basic skills and inspired my confidence. Valeriya is kind and personable, and at the same timer honest in providing constructive criticism. Each lesson, she takes detailed notes to support me in my practice throughout the week. Last but certainly not least, she is flexible with her schedule and always punctual.
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Maggie April 1, 2016
Cello · Online
I feel very fortunate to be her student. Her teaching style is thoughtful, kind and full of humor. As an an adult beginner student with her I am learning the importance of correct posture, arm and hand position but also understanding meaningful playing comes from soft and supple and not fom tension and strain. I only feel encouraged by her patient, enthusiastic and expert approach.
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Adriana B. February 17, 2016
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent communication.
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Valeriya S.

Valeriya S.

Brooklyn, NY 11230
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Lian Q.

Flushing, NY

I've been teaching Cello for 10 years and my students have gone on to develop a deep love of music performance, study abroad in China and France! Within the first few lessons, you'll start some finger exercise and as time goes on, you'll be able to play whatever you want to play! I also specialize in Chamber music available for your lessons to help you play with orchestra in the future. I love working with students of all experience levels!

About Lian

Lian is available for in-home, in-studio, and online lessons! She has been playing Cello for over 23 years and teaching music since 2005. Attended Syracuse University and Duquesne University for 2 Masters and 2 Diplomas. She teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced.

Although trained in standard teaching methods, she developed her own method of teaching to positively enhance the student€™s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. Her goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an musician. She also hosts
student showcases/charity benefits, festivals and boot camp where her students are able to get on stage and show off their new talent.

Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the student'€™s schedule when possible. She is a very patient instructor and understands that students learn at a different pace, after all everyone is an individual!
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Christopher L. February 27, 2016
Cello · In home
Verified Student
This is our first lesson and I'm already impressed by Lian. She is very patient, organized and pays attention to details.
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Bryan A. January 17, 2016
Cello · Online
Verified Student
Lian is an excellent teacher. Our lesson was very structured, informative and fun!
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Ouida W. September 27, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
First lesson was informative and exciting.
Lian is great and I look forward to the rest of my time with her!
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Lian Q.

Lian Q.

Flushing, NY 11358
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Brian S.

Brooklyn, NY

I believe in teaching the fundamentals first and foremost. Students will learn how to have a proper technique in all aspects of the cello, because from there anything is possible. However, I also believe that the love of music is just as important as understanding how to play it, so as soon as possible I like to make music with my students, either by playing duets with them or by improvising with them.

About Brian

Cellist Brian S. is currently an active performer and studio musician in many genres of music, with performances ranging from touring with rock bands to giving classical performances at venues such as the Kennedy Center and, most recently, the White House, and has more than 60 album credits.

Brian believes that all students have different goals and learning styles, and has a passion for helping them achieve those goals. He believes that with a strong focus on the fundamentals of technique and a desire to learn, anything is possible.
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Krista November 18, 2015
Cello · In home
We love Brian! He's been a fantastic first exposure to musical training for my 4 year old. Brian works at my daughter's pace to provide both confidence and challenge. And he understands that young kids will sometimes be moody, distractible or shy and he rolls with the punches. Brian also understands the motivational power of praise and is able to keep my sensitive daughter encouraged to keep trying.
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Kathy November 16, 2015
Music Performance
Brian is an amazing cellist who plays in my band. He's a fantastic musician not to mention a great personality.
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Brian S.

Brian S.

Brooklyn, NY 11201
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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