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Sherman Oaks, CA
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My students should expect a well-rounded education on cello involving technical studies, playing in a variety of styles including, playing solo works, and having a great time!

About Nicolas
Hello there!

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in Miami, FL. I started my musical career at the age of 8, singing in chorus, playing the recorder, and shortly afterwards moving to the guitar, and the violin.

When I was 15, I was nominated for a James L. Knight Award in Music, and I performed as a violin soloist with the Miami Beach Symphony Orchestra, and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony playing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major. One of my most memorable experiences when I was a kid! In high school, I formed my own string quartet and we would perform all over the South Florida community especially at hospitals and for the elderly. At 16 years old, I was also given an internship with the New World Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, for about 2 years. During this time, I was able to take lesso
ns from master violinists such as Marc Thayer and Glen Cherry. During this time, I was given the opportunity to perform with the New World Symphony at 17 years old for pops concert conducted and performed by Chuck Mangione in El Doral, FL.

I later on accepted a scholarship for violin performance at the University of Miami for my Bachelor of Music, and earned my Master of Music from Florida State University. I also taught string orchestras for 10 years at Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center, South Florida Youth Symphony as conductor (and now composer!), and conductor of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. I was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Alhambra Orchestra for two seasons under the guidance of my high school orchestra teacher, Mr. Reginald Nicholson (1947-2011). It was here where I was able to work on my compositions, orchestrations, and conduct a fine group of musicians.

I now live in sunny Los Angeles, in the Sherman Oaks area, and I'm loving the new change. I am eager to share my knowledge with new students on various subjects such as learning a string instrument to learning a different language. Please feel free to ask me any questions.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and your goals for learning!
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I have been teaching music as an adult, certified teacher since I was in college, but have done teaching as early as 15 years old.

I will help you create a fantastic technical base so you will be able to play with ease as your skill level develops, all while keeping the lessons fun and engaging.

MUSIC STUDIO
Piano, Violin, Guitar, Music Stand, General Teaching Aids, Recording Equipment.

TRAVEL EQUIPMENT
I can provide a music stand and basic materials but the student is expected to have their own instruments and to buy the music I recommend. I can recommend various vendors/shops where you can buy the ideal instrument for your lessons.

EXPERTISE
I am classically-trained musician that also specializes in Tango performance, Latin/Jazz, Rock, and a variety of other styles. I believe that training in the classical aesthetic will create a firm, solid foundation to crossover into other areas listed above. With a good dose of technical exercises, scales, and a variety of repertoire, my students always turn out well-rounded, ready to tackle almost any kind of music they wish to learn.

Thank you for stopping by and let me know what you would like to learn!
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Carsten B. January 2, 2018
· Cello · In home
Nicholas is very friendly and made me feel welcome, understanding and adjusting the pace as I needed. It was a great experience and I am feeling motivated to practice on my own. I am no music expert, and yet I think he's absolutely great.
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Irene S. December 28, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Nicolas is very nice, knowledgeable and professional. I am really enjoying my lessons and plan to continue on!
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Josef August 25, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I have to admit, starting violin lessons as an adult is really weird, but it's something I've always wanted to try. I tried another teacher on here and she was a bit impatient and short with me (how does she teach children??!), so I tried Nick due to his location from my home. He's been fantastic! He's a great combo of being patient, caring, and encouraging, but also stern enough to get me to do what I need to get better. I'm sure it's not easy working with an adult that can "talk back" haha. He clearly knows what he's doing and he helps motivate me to keep learning. And he's very understanding when I run a tad late sometimes. I imagine he'd be great with kids too if he's great with a difficult adult like me.
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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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Elspeth November 8, 2017
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Kate M. September 18, 2017
· Viola · Online
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Bonnie Q. October 26, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Elisa has been great with my teenage boys. She is always prepared for the next step and has really picked up on what will inspire them.
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About Thomas W.

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Downingtown, PA

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I can help beginning students on cello learn the basics.

About Thomas
Thomas J. W. is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over fifteen years experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. His directing career has included small rural band programs, small metro programs, large high-achieving suburban programs, and non-profit youth bands. In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a cappella groups. Thomas taught over 600 online and local private music lessons in 2016.

Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a teaching certificate in the states of Pennsylvania
and New Jersey and has taught at the secondary level in both states. In addition to both instrumental and choral ensembles at Penn State, Thomas was a student leader in the Penn State Blue Band and a member of the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994. He served as an Associate Director of the Warren Junior Military Band of Youngstown, Ohio from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a visual staff member for the renowned North Penn Marching Knights of Lansdale, PA for one season in 2004.

He is a current adjudicator with Drum Corps International and Cavalcade of Bands. He is a member of MENC, PMEA, NJMEA, ASCAP, CASA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. He appeared in the Marquis Who's Who Among American Educators in 2004 and 2005, an honor rarely bestowed upon teachers, as students who appear in the Who's Who Among American High School Students must nominate them. He currently is a music teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts of the PA Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA and resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and two sons.

Thomas will happily work with students on the autism spectrum or students with ADD.

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My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including SmartMusic, Noteflight, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.

I am capable of starting a beginner student on any band instrument including percussion, any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and piano. I can begin a student on drum set and work with them through their first method book, but I would then recommend they find a specialized drum set teacher after a period of six to twelve months.

For advanced students, I work from selected conservatory etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions.

My lessons are a half-hour once a week, with the option of working for 45 minutes or 60 minutes.

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music, band, orchestra, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, piano, Percussion
classical, jazz improvisation
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Terese R. January 3, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
iI just finished doing a lesson with Thomas, and he has helped me tremendously wiTh my scales and embrasure building
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Ethan December 20, 2017
· Oboe · Online
Excellent. Great lesson
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jia L. November 17, 2017
· Violin · In home
Mr. West is very knowledgeable and patient, my daughter enjoyed the lessons!
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About Concetta A.

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Brooklyn, NY

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The cello is one of the most beautiful instruments! Experts say it has the closest sound to the human voice.

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Private instruction, early childhood education, elementary and high school education, Continuing Adult Education
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Winston Thomas June 11, 2017
· Violin · In studio
It was truly a pleasure meeting Concetta for my first ever violin lesson. It is difficult to learn anything at the age 40, specially a musical instrument, but she made it comfortable and easy to understand. She's extremely patient a key quality when teaching a subject such a music to anyone. I would say, give her teaching style a try and you won't regret it. Very knowledgeable indeed.
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Matthew February 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
She was great, first lesson and I learned a lot about how to improve my singing, demonstrably so. Very pleased, looking forward to continuing.
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Blyth February 2, 2017
· Fiddle · Online
Very patient and beyond knowledgeable! I haven't done anything with TakeLessons before and my online class was hosted via skype so it was easy to get connected and learn at my own pace. I like that my lessons will be tailored to my style and my level of musical understanding. She has excellent follow-up for after the lessons as well. I'm excited to be a student again :)
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About Elisa R.

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Brookline, MA
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Each student is different, and the teacher needs to approach each one in a special way.

Music is my passion and I like to teach others to communicate though it. In order to make the music the way we feel it, we need technique. Technique is our tool to express, like the words for a writer!
My teaching has it base in technique, but just as a tool, not as something obsessive to be mastered.

Anyone can learn an instrument, and I hope to help you in this journey!

About Elisa
My name is Elisa and I am from Spain.
I started playing the cello at the age of 8. I finished the School in San Sebastian and moved to New Haven to study at Yale University. Then I moved to Boston where I finished my Master degree at The Boston Conservatory.
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Francisco Martínez September 19, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Professor Elisa corrected the bow technique and solved an injury I had for years in the right arm.
Thanks to her I was able to play the concert of Haydn in C as soloist.
After having had the opportunity to be his student I have improved considerably and managed to expand my sonorous concept considerably.
She is very pedagogic and has a great patience to solve the personal problems that I had from a very empathetic and above all corporal.
Today I can say that to be about to leave the race for my injury I am competing prominently at the national level (Chile)
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Sara September 19, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Elisa is wonderful! She has enormous amounts of energy that translate to her cello playing and teaching. She not only is a great teacher but also a very musical and technically capable cellist. As a college student she pushed me and also gave me the skills I needed to improve. Elisa is kind and thoughtful. She could beginners to advanced students with anything cello related.
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Paolo Bortolameolli September 19, 2017
· Cello · In home
I've know Elisa for seven years when we met at Yale School of Music. She is very passionate about teaching and all her students have come along way since they started taking lessons with her. She really knows how to adjust to every student and to bring the best out of them. Her commitment to music is unique and her sensitivity and musicianship makes her an outstanding cellist and musician. I recommend her tremendously.
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Lafayette, IN

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I have been teaching over 25 years. I have been playing for over 35 years. I have played professionally in orchestras and chamber ensembles.

I use both the Suzuki and traditional methods for teaching.

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I have been teaching stringed instruments for over 25 years. I use both the Suzuki and traditional methods.
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Travis December 28, 2017
· Violin · Online
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Valentin R. November 7, 2017
· Violin · In studio
We are super happy with Charles, very patient and creative in his teachings.
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Travis February 23, 2017
· Violin · Online
Charles was engaging, upbeat, prepared, and a quality teacher. Learning online is extremely convenient and went surprisingly smoothly! I look forward to future lessons.
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About Jeff W.

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Aurora, CO

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At the start of my time with my students, depending on their skill level, I will take them through the physics of producing a clean and robust tone while also remaining relaxed and stress free. I focus on music theory as well as ear training to give my students a good musicianship foundation so that cello playing and all music endeavors are more accessible. I guide my students through a range of repertoire until I find what really clicks with the students particular desires and interests.

About Jeff
I am a classically trained cellist and a recent graduate from the Bob Cole Conservatory of music in Long Beach California. My teacher during this time was Dr David Garrett of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Dr, Marlin Owen of the Biola Conservatory of Music. I have been playing cello for fifteen years and have been playing in orchestras for the past ten. I was the principle cellist for the Irvine Young Concert Artists Orchestra for two years and was Assistant Principle cellist In the CUSLB symphony orchestra.
In addition to classical music my time at the Bob Cole conservatory allowed to play in various Jazz ensembles and allotted me some proficiency at improve and composition. I primarily teach classical music but I would very enthused to delve into a more contemporary practice as per the request of the student.
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About Rajan K.

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I advocate for not only technical advancement but also unique musical imagination. I have found that stressing creativity leads to a need and desire within the student to push the limits of their ability. My cello lessons are complimented with with basic theory and ear-training exercises, and can encompass genres such as jazz, rock, and pop in addition to classical.

About Rajan
Cellist Rajan Kapoor is an avid chamber and orchestral musician who has performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe. Rajan is currently serving as a string quartet fellow and teaching assistant to Professor Edward Arron at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Primary instruction has been with professors Marion Feldman at New York University, Miroslav Petras of the Academy of Music in Prague, and Alistair MacRae of the Brevard Music Center.

Rajan has served as principal cellist of the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, Opus One String Orchestra, Brevard Sinfonia, UMass Symphony Orchestra, and NYU Opera Orchestra. Rajan has gained recognition in the Hellam and Mondavi Young Artist Competitions, and plays on an 1855 Goldmann cello generously loaned to him by the Carlsen Cello Foundation.

In 2017, Rajan helped found the non-profit o
rganization An die Musik NYC and currently serves as its assistant director. AdMNYC is a concert series bringing the people of New York City high-quality classical music at affordable prices. It presents internationally renowned performers alongside rising talents from the NYC community.
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About Carrie M.

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Ann Arbor, MI

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I provide a fun experience of learning to play and share music. My philosophy in working with students is to curb their interests with my vision for their success with technique and musicality. I want my student to not only become good cellist, but also enjoy music on a theoretical and historical level. My overall goal is to make a connection with people that will last and music can be an outlet for growing as a person.

About Carrie
I have recently graduated from Florida State University with a masters in cello performance. Before that I received my bachelors from California State University Sacramento. Teaching since high school, I have worked with all ages and abilities. Cello is beautiful and I want to encourage people to get to play such a wonderful instrument.
I have performed with numerous symphonies in California, Florida, and Michigan. in 2015 I won the CSUS Concerto Competition with Lalo's Cello Concerto.
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Shannon October 12, 2017
· Cello · In studio
I have spent many hours with Carrie while teaching cello and have always found the way she works with student quite incredible. Always happy, always pushing, and always trying to make everyone and everything around her better. No matter who you are, you will do well in Carrie's care.
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Janet October 10, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Carrie is an excellent cello teacher. She works well with both younger and older students. She is caring and positive in guiding students' learning.
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Paolo October 10, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Great teacher and wonderful collaborator. Very organized. California misses her, and Michigan is very fortunate to have her!
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About Robin H.

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My cello students are amazing! I teach all ages and all levels and have been teaching for over 20 years. I work hard to discover the best way to approach each student based on their current ability and learning style. I have started cellists and have seen them become incredible musicians...for their own enjoyment and for future development. I have also taken on students at an intermediate and advanced level and helped them achieve their goals for auditions and recitals. I enjoy training all of my students for orchestra, chamber music and solo playing.

About Robin
I am a classically trained performer and have plenty of pop music experience as well. I have studied with the some of the top cellists in the U.S. and Germany. Additionally, I have studied with leading pedagogy professors for my work with young children. I have taught private cello lessons for over 20 years and have infused all I have learned from my teachers into my teaching style. I enjoy discovering how each student learns best and work from their level.

I perform as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player and have experience teaching these styles of playing. I am a member of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and a rostered solo artist with Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates. My performing gives me great insight into preparing students for auditions all other types of performing.

As a pop artist, I perform with th
e Trans-Siberian Orchestra string section and have shared a stage with Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan and Michael Bublé. It has been with this experience that I am able to work with students on an array of musical styles.
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Victoria January 8, 2018
· Cello · In studio
I am an adult who began lessons with Robin approximately 3 years ago. First of all, her credentials and experience are incredible. But she is also the most encouraging teacher that I could ever imagine. She is always positive and eager to challenge her students. At the same time she is very good at recognizing road blocks in learning when they come up and finding new routes to achieve understanding. I believe her many years of experience teaching and her real love of the cello make her an outstanding teacher. I always leave my lessons feeling encouraged.
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