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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.

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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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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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Spencer September 8, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Excellent first lesson! Erin is upbeat, and clearly knowledgeable. I think my daughter will really grow here.
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About Elisa B.

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Oregon City, OR

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Private lessons for beginning cello. Also couching school orchestra cello students reading music, understanding rhythms, developing beautiful tone. Possibility to join the Music Academy string orchestra!

About Elisa
Violin Teacher's Certificate - Sibelius Academy, Finland
Suzuki Teacher Training - Marylhurst University, OR

Classical and Suzuki options - starting Suzuki students as early as 3 yrs old. Teaching Suzuki Books 1-11.
Beginners, intermediate and advanced levels
I am using classical method books including Kayser, Wohlfart, Kreutzer, Mazas, Dont and Paganini Caprices with students looking for more rigorous studies and more advanced skills.
Keeping music and technique in balance - Learn how to enjoy performing - Find your own highest potential - Fall in love with music

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I am friendly and like to inspire my students to find their own best potential. Suitable challenges are fun and needed to keep the personal progress going on. "No suffering in my studio!" means that the process of learning needs to be enjoyabl
e but at the same time I am asking the students to give their best effort. Setting frequent goals in form of group classes and recitals keeps us in full sail and teach us to enjoy the act of playing both alone and in front of friendly audience.
I teach both classical and Suzuki methods. I like to keep my students musically well fed and encourage exploring music reading and music theory next to practical skills. I stir my students toward high standard personal level in their studies, an ingredient from Finnish cultural climate.

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Suzuki method and classical method, fiddling, beginning jazz, improvising
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Sherry M. May 26, 2018
· Viola · Online
I just completed my first lesson with Elisa. I felt so good at the end of the lesson. As an adult learner, I am often uncomfortable with my beginner skill levels and end up feeling embarrassed and apologetic when working with a teacher (silly I know). But she did not make me feel this way at all.

She quickly assessed where I was with my playing and identified quick and easy technical practices to enhance my technique as well as took in my own personal goals. I feel super motivated to practice and look forward to my next lesson with her. I'm so glad I found her!
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Elspeth November 8, 2017
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Kate M. September 18, 2017
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About Catherine W.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I only teach beginner and intermediate 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 many community performances and raised charity funds for organizations such as World Vision, A. G. Rhodes 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.

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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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Teba March 27, 2018
· Piano · In home
My two oldest children (one more advanced in piano than the other) began taking lessons with Catherine just this year. They have both shown significant improvement and love her as an instructor. They also look forward to practicing in between lessons. We could not be happier.
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Naoko March 1, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Great artist and a teacher. My 6 year old enjoys her lessons and I love her down to earth vibe.
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Jasmin February 20, 2018
· Violin · In home
She is a great artist and a teacher. Patient and talented.
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About Jonathan T.

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Catonsville, MD
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Jonathan is a cellist currently studying at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He has been playing and performing cello since the age of 8 and been involved with music his entire life. While attending school, Jonathan plays with the String Poets Quartet (D.C/Baltimore Areas) who perform at weddings, special occasions, and events. During the year, he plays with the Peabody Symphony and Concert Orchestras performing famous works from great classical to modern day composers. He has been a part of the Young Artists Orchestra at Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, MA. Jonathan has studied with former associate principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic, Alan Stepansky and current principal cellist of the Baltimore Symphony, Dariusz Skoraczewski. Jonathan follows the Suzuki Book method for beginner cellists. As students tend to advance, individual pieces will be selected from the major repertoire including concertos, etudes and ...

About Jonathan
Playing Experience: 16 years
String Poets Quartet
Boston University Tanglewood Institute
Columbia Orchestra Competition, Honorable Mention
Columbia Orchestra Cello Section Member
Mid- Atlantic Symphony sub. cellist
Peabody Symphony Orchestra
Shenandoah Performing Arts Camp Concerto Competition Winner- Performing Haydn C Cello Concerto, 1st Movement

Private Teaching Experience I have been teaching for 7 years with students of all ages and levels of playing

Methods: I grew up learning the Suzuki Book Method and this is what I prefer to teach my current students which I find great for beginner cellists! Major/Minor Scales, Arpeggios, and Etudes are some of the essentials I cover in learning the cello

Musical Concepts: music theory, proper bow technique, proper left hand technique, phrasing, rhythm

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ally, lessons consist of a warm up with scale-arpeggio and warm-up exercise. After a warm-up, my students' focus on a specific piece of repertoire that pin-points a certain technique . Once I think the student has progressed through and mastered a specific piece to their level, we move on to more challenging repertoire learning new technical concepts and ideas. Lessons are a great way to help you progress much faster at the cello!
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About Amy P.

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Burlington, IA
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Whether you're looking for a traditional Suzuki method experience or just want
to fiddle around, we can work together to make playing cello a great experience for you. In person or over Skype. Young and young at heart welcome.

About Amy
Amy is a cellist and performer who is currently in Burlington, Iowa. Before teaching in NYC for the past year, she had a full studio of private cello students in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she recently completed her doctorate in cello performance. She also completed her master's in cello performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she also became a certified Suzuki Method instructor, and her bachelor's in cello performance from the University of Iowa. Along with her passion for teaching private cello lessons, she also enjoys traveling internationally. She looks forward to hearing from you.

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Roni June 2, 2018
· Cello · Online
This month marks a wonderful and incredibly amazing twelve months of online lessons with Miss Amy. We are surprised every lessons and every month at the progress made and what a beautiful ability she is able to bring out in our children. Miss Amy is an extremely beautiful musician and an incredibly beautiful person. She is so loving and so able to get everything good from a student. Our family is very grateful we found Miss Amy. She is the angel we were praying for!
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Lynda M. May 30, 2018
· Cello · Online
Excellent with beginner.
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michael W. March 11, 2018
· Cello · Online
Excellent and very motivational.
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Amy P.

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Virginia Beach, VA

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My name is Justin Stanley, and I have taught violin, viola, cello, piano, and guitar lessons for 13 years. I have a Bachelor's and two Masters degrees in Music Education, and have taught in elementary, middle, and high school orchestra classes. As well as private lessons to ages 3-adult. I look forward to working with you to achieve your musical goals!

About Justin
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My name is Justin Stanley. I have taught private lessons in Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, and Guitar for over 13 years. I have taught in elementary, middle, and high school orchestra classrooms, as well as private lessons to students ages 3-adult. I teach beginners to advanced levels! I have received a Bachelors and two Masters degrees in Music Education from Christopher Newport University, and Florida State University. I have played violin professionally for 13 years in orchestras, string quartets, and solo. I performed with Classern String Quartet playing string arrangements of pop songs from the radio with a classical twist. We produced an album on iTunes and Amazon Music, with corresponding music videos. We performed in Turks and Caicos, at multiple professional fashion shows, and even featured on E! Network. I love teaching les
sons, in different genres from classical to pop music from the radio, and I can't wait to work with you to achieve your musical goals!
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About Brendon P.

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Montclair, NJ

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I have 15 years of playing experience from some of the best teachers around the country. I am certified to teach all 10 Suzuki books. I cater my teaching to each individual student and my goal is to create a fun nurturing environment.

About Brendon
Brendon P. recently completed a Masters of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music under Dr. Melissa Kraut in cello performance and pedagogy. Brendon is certified to teach all 10 Suzuki books and is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. As a performer, Brendon is very active in the area playing various gigs. He performs frequently with Accordia Music and with Musical Upcoming Stars in the Classics. He has also performed with Akron Baroque and Singers Companye. In addition to the modern cello, Brendon also plays baroque cello and viola da gamba. In 2015, Brendon performed in the Boston Early Music Festival.
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Grace B. October 1, 2017
· Cello · In home
He is very knowledgeable and patient. He gave me great tips that helped me immediately play better.
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I-Wen August 31, 2017
· Cello · In home
Brendon is a wonderful cello instructor for my son. He is not only patient but also very inspiring. He listens to our wishes and needs, and he designs the lesson plan to meet them. In addition, he is very good at building a strong bonding with his student. Brendon has recently moved away from our town, and my son can no longer taking lessons from him. But I know my son will always remembers Brendon fondly as his best cello instructor.
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Jeff August 22, 2017
· Cello · In home
Brendon is a wonderful teacher and a gifted musician. I feel like I have more knuckles than fingers when playing, but he's patient and has produced - in my own humble opinion - a competent cellist out of me.
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Looking for teacher who specializing in making cello playing fun? Cello's unique range and it's flexible identity makes cello performing not limited in the classical music but also pop music. Miss L is a experienced teacher of 8 years. Received her Masters degree in cello performance and is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in cello performance at U.S.C. Miss L is also featured in many local performances by orchestras such as the South Carolina Philharmonic in Columbia SC, the Symphony Orchestra Augusta in Augusta GA.

About Ying
Miss L received her Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan. While studying at Tainan National University, her area of focus was on traditional Chinese music performance. She was also a member of the Kaohsiung City Chinese Orchestra. Miss L has appeared as a Finalist in the Yung Fong Philharmonic Classical Contest, which is one of the most prestigious string competition in Taiwan. She attended the University of South Carolina where she studied cello performance with Robert Jesselson. Miss L received her Masters degree in cello performance and is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in cello performance at U.S.C. Miss L is also featured in many local performances by orchestras such as the South Carolina Philharmonic in Columbia SC and the Symphony Orchestra Augusta in Augusta GA.
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Mary B. January 15, 2018
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Great teacher. She is patient and very knowledgeable. Very pleasant to work with.
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Klara January 12, 2018
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Ying knows how to teach cello. She is very patient and articulated.
My daughter loves to take a cello lesson from her.
She is amazing.
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I've been playing cello for twenty years. I studied cello performance at the University of South Florida, BYU-Idaho, and BYU. I've played for school orchestras, college orchestras, semi-professional orchestras, musical theatre, opera, singer-songwriters, a metal band, and a Mariachi band.

I'll teach you how to play. We'll also do scales, theory, ear training, reading music, playing by ear, etc.

About Chris
I've been playing music for most of my life. Music is what I do full time, supporting myself, my wife, and my three children. It would be easiest to explain my musical life with a timeline:

Age 9 - piano, drums
Age 10 - cello
Age 12 - guitar, bass guitar
Age 16 - harmonica, mandolin
Age 17 - upright bass
Age 19 - ukulele
Age 21 - baroque cello
Age 22 - baroque violone
Age 24 - Banjo, Renaissance lute

I studied cello performance at three different schools (USF, BYU-Idaho, and BYU). I then switched majors, and studied commercial music at BYU. There I studied sound recording, songwriting, orchestration, film scoring, and jazz. I also played the upright bass and bass guitar with their top jazz ensemble, Synthesis.

Today, I do a mix of several different things - studio recording, performing (piano, bass and cello), arranging,
songwriting, and teaching. I've got experience in all kinds of styles - classical, rock, pop, jazz, Latin, singer-songwriter - and I'd love to pass some knowledge and skills on to you!
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Keley May 23, 2018
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Chris is awesome! I went to college with him, and I've always been impressed with his work. He is an extremely talented musician. He has highly refined and improvisational, sightreading and technical skills. As a person, he is really easy to get along with. He's very chill and laid back. I would definitely recommend working with him!
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Yahosh May 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Chris has great knowledge and musical intuition. He is very in tune to older styles as well as new age melodies and music. He is versed in various instruments and has an ear to help teach and produce phenomenal results.
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I love demystifying the cello and making it simple for everyone to understand. I'll help you use the cello as a tool to discover all the music that lives inside the student, because it is there!!

About Katie
Katie​ ​ ​is​ ​an​ ​accomplished​ ​and​ ​passionate​ ​cellist​ ​and​ ​teacher.​ ​Broadway​ ​World's​ ​Evann Normandin​ ​calls​ ​her​ ​“an​ ​exquisite​ ​player​ ​in​ ​every​ ​sense”​ ​and​ ​her​ ​playing,​ ​called​ "heavenly"​​ ​by Joel​ ​Markowitz.​ ​Katie​​ ​has​ ​played​ ​on​ ​various​ ​television​ ​shows​ ​and​ ​at​ ​many​ ​prestigious venues​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Lincoln​ ​Center,​ ​The​ ​Kimmel​ ​Center,​ ​The​ ​Strathmore​ ​and​ ​The​ ​Kennedy​ ​Center Millennium​ ​Stage.​​ ​Katie​ ​has​ ​also​ ​recorded​ ​and​ ​performed​ ​with​ ​various​ ​singers​ ​and​ ​songwriters,​ ​including Victoria​ ​Vox,​ ​Javon​ ​Inman,​ ​Matthew​ ​Hemerlein,​ ​Jordan​ ​Page​ ​and​ ​Randall​ ​Williams.​ ​Katie​ ​is known​ ​for​ ​her​ ​unique​ ​improvising​ ​knowledge​ ​and​ ​extensive​ ​recording​ ​and​ ​performance experience,​ ​winning​ ​awards​ ​including​ ​the
​ ​Washington​ ​Area​ ​Music​ ​Award​ ​in​ ​2011,​ ​for​ ​her​ ​work on​ ​the​ ​album​ ​Vox/Ukulele/Cello. Katie​​ ​is​ ​also​ ​very​ ​proud​ ​of​ ​her​ ​work​ ​with​ ​and​ ​for​ ​children.​ ​In​ ​2009,​ ​Imagination​ ​Stage premiered​ ​"Wake​ ​Up,​ ​Brother​ ​Bear!"​ ​theater​ ​for​ ​the​ ​very​ ​young​ ​with​ ​music​ ​composed​ ​by​ ​Katie.​ ​Katie ​is​ ​teaching​ ​with​ ​the​ ​DC​ ​Youth​ ​Orchestra​ ​Program​ ​and​ ​has​ ​an​ ​active private​ ​teaching​ ​studio. She​ ​graduated​ ​with​ ​her​ ​undergraduate​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​cello​ ​performance​ ​from​ ​University​ ​of Maryland,​ ​College​ ​Park​ ​and​ ​a​ ​master's​ ​in​ ​cello​ ​performance​ ​from​ ​San​ ​Francisco​ ​Conservatory​ ​of Music.
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