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About Benjamin L.

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I've taught cello for the last 12 years, and try to infuse the same enthusiasm into my students as I experienced in my journey to where I am today. I use both the Suzuki method books and the Applebaum String Builder books to start with beginners, depending on level and experience, with an emphasis on music reading. After that, the student's progress will dictate the best route to follow.

About Benjamin
In my years of teaching, I have developed an individual approach with each student, young or old, according to different needs and learning styles. I believe it is never too early or too late to begin learning, and it is my hope that music making through this instrument will be as enjoyable and passionate an experience for you as it has been for me. Whether you are looking on behalf of your son or daughter, looking to take on a new challenge later in life, or anything in between, I look forward to hearing why you want to learn to play the cello! (House calls available too!)

I've included my bio below, for those who may be interested.

Cellist Benjamin L. made his solo debut in 1999 at the Merryall Center for the Arts, where critic for the Danbury News Times, Frank Merkling, called him “remarkably gifted”, with “a charming, warm tone”
. He has performed in various venues in the Tri-State area, including concerto performances with the Hartford Symphony, Farmington Valley Symphony and Musica Dolce Ensemble, and solo and chamber performances in Asia and Europe. He is an avid chamber musician, having performed with the Enao Ensemble in chamber concerts to benefit the charity, the Bishop’s Fund for Children, from 2000-2010, was the cellist and founding member of the Lorelei Piano Trio and has been a member of several other chamber music ensembles. As a free-lance cellist, he has performed with many diverse ensembles, accompanying the musical, “Time Between Us” in the New York Musical Theater Festival, appearing with the band, The Left Banke, playing with Ensemble 212 and Shattered Glass. In addition to performing, he is on the faculty of the Zen Music School, Port Jefferson Music Academy and coaches chamber music for Jeunes Virtuoses de New York, as well as teaching privately. He is also the artistic director of Concerts on the Slope, a chamber music series in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and the Artist-in-Residence for Music at Trinity of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx.

Mr. L. has performed at several summer music festivals including the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Castleman’s Quartet Program, Music at Menlo and Pacific Music Festival, and has won top prizes in several competitions. His chamber music mentors have included members of the Emerson, Tokyo, American and Keller String Quartets, as well as Robert Mann, Nicholas Mann, Peter Frankl, Andre Michel Schub, and Daniel Epstein, Sylvia Rosenberg and several others. He has taken master classes with Keith Robinson and Colin Carr, and past teachers include Eric Dahlin, David Finckel, Julia Lichten and Clive Greensmith, as well as lessons with Marta Casals Istomin and Bonnie Hampton.

As an orchestral musician he has performed with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, the Empire State Sinfonia, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, the Salome Chamber Orchestra in New York City, and the Farmington Valley Symphony, as well as the Manhattan School of Music orchestras. Mr. L. holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music, where he was the recipient of the Hans and Klara Bauer Scholarship and the 2011 Pablo Casals Award.

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I expect my students to have an instrument, method books (after I recommend one), a suitable arm less chair and music stand. I can travel anywhere public transportation can take me. (NYC or nearby New Jersey)

*** Specialties ***
I am familiar with, though not trained or certified in, Suzuki method, but I teach traditionally, often using the Suzuki and String Builder books, with an emphasis on reading music.
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About Jared J.

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I have played in a variety of musicals and various college orchestras and chamber groups. Because of my approach to music I don't consider classical my forte but I can still teach any student cellist a great amount about beginning to advanced playing in any style - including classical.

I am also comfortable playing a variety of styles on the cello, namely jazz.

About Jared
I am overjoyed and grateful to say I have been playing music for more than half of my life. It has never stopped being the light in my day and now it is my hope to shed some of that light onto you or your child. I am a very friendly and fun teacher with a great deal of professionalism and patience, even more importantly I love teaching and music with a passion.

I have been playing an instrument since the 4th grade (cello) and, as I learned more about how music works, was slowly able to pick-up a greater variety instruments with an increasing degree of ease. In high school, I decided to pick-up the guitar just to "have fun and rock out". I joined a band, played in the high school orchestra, joined the high school jazz band and began to practice songwriting and cover songs. Still, it was not until after I took my first class on music the
ory that I knew how much I not only loved the thrill of playing music but the discovery of how it worked. With this experience I can show you or your child why learning an instrument can be not only an exciting experience but an interesting and enthralling one as well.

I have been teaching music for over 7 years and have had the privilege of teaching children as young as 4 to adults in their late 80's. I am a very attentive teacher who can not only help get you moving in the right direction but keep you on that path until your are a self-sufficient musician. A level of musicianship that simply means you can learn whatever you want on your instrument on your own, whether it be for business, pleasure or for mere self-improvement.

Through my own student career in private lessons I had the chance to study with graduates of the Musician's Institute (MI), the California Institute of the Arts (CAL Arts) and Berklee College of Music. This has provided me with an inside look into how and what each institute teaches, as well as a first hand look at the techniques and ideas that the great players from these remarkable schools have come to produce.

My formal music education consists of 2 years at Pasadena City College where I obtained my general Associates Degree (much of the studies included music) and a semester at California State University Long Beach as a Jazz Guitar Performance Major. Additionally, I completed a great deal of California State University Long Beach's teaching credential program (focusing on the teaching of history/social studies), where I learned strategies and theories of how and what to teach my students - making me that much more knowledgable of my craft. At Pasadena City College I studied with jazz/classical guitarist, Ron Berman, who has played with such jazz greats as Herb Ellis and Jimmy Wyble. At Cal State Long Beach I studied with jazz guitarist Ron Eschete, a former teacher at MI who has toured with the likes of Ray Brown, John Dizzy Gillespie and Jim Hall.

Most importantly I hope to show you or your child a new way to love and appreciate music. And to provide you with the ability and know-how to have the most fun on your instrument as possible.

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Throughout my lessons, I always encourage basic skills including scales, sight-reading and technical exercises. But what I hope to give all my students is a basic understanding of music and their instrument, providing them with a practical ability to navigate the vast world of music for a lifetime.

Beyond these skills, I always have songs, styles and theory for you to work on but I am often more interested in what you as an individual want to learn on your instrument. Getting to learn concepts that you have chosen yourself will help encourage practice and will make the finished product all the more the rewarding.

I can custom tailor a teaching curriculum and/or style for any of my students: we can focus on learning songs, learning to read, how to write music, how music works, and even how to play specific styles of music (including funk, rock, jazz, Latin, flamenco, classical, country and blues). I also self tailor my own worksheets and set weekly goals with my students to help encourage practice, understanding and progress. For students interested in more advanced concepts, I can also teach ear training, music theory, advanced jazz improvisation as well as advanced playing techniques.

All this in a friendly and easy-going teaching environment.

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Located in my home garage, it is equipped with a small stage, an upright piano, an electric keyboard, a PA system, amplifiers, a drum set, a lap steel guitar, a pedal steel guitar, 2 cellos, multiple guitars, 3 mandolins, a dobro, a 5-string banjo, a 4-string tenor banjo, 2 ukuleles, 2 accordions and 2 electric basses.

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Styles: Jazz, Rock, Reggae, Metal, Funk, Progressive Rock, Classical, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Various forms of Latin Music, Blues, and a few others.

Instruments Beginner to Advanced: Drums, Accordion, Piano, Guitar, Mandolin, Cello, Banjo (5 String), Irish Tenor Banjo (4 String GDAE), Tenor Banjo (4 String CGDA), Electric Bass, Ukulele, Dobro, Lap Steel Guitar (6 String C6 Tuning), Slide Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar (10 String E9 Tuning).

I also teach the Beginning and Advanced concepts of:
Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight Reading, and Song Writing.
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fabian July 25, 2018
· Accordion · Online
has an excellent teaching approach and a very good balance in presenting interesting music that is well suited to my level.i am very pleased and encouraged to keep practising.
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Louisa May 10, 2018
· Accordion · Online
He did great with my 9 yo daughter!
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About Rachel_Eunhee P.

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I have experience teaching in a variety of settings level students. I am currently teaching students as a private teacher and I helped some of my students’ audition for San Diego youth symphony and school orchestra assignments. I also have experience not only teaching young musicians in a small group system also performing and playing as a cellist of chamber ensembles and orchestra.
As a music teacher, it is my goal that I want to give back the rich knowledge that I have received during my studies. I want to use my education and knowledge gained from SDSU to help students obtain a proper and valuable education. I desire to see young musicians refine and expand their passions and talents in music and use them to touch the lives of others.

About Rachel_Eunhee
I am a professional cellist. I graduated from San Diego State University with a Master of cello performance.
As a music teacher, it is my goal that I want to give back the rich knowledge that I have received during my studies. I want to use my education and knowledge gained from SDSU to help students obtain a proper and valuable education. I desire to see young musicians refine and expand their passions and talents in music and use them to touch the lives of others.
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About Daniel T.

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Dewitt, MI
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Lansing area cellist and teacher with 15 years of teaching experience. Teaches all ages from grade school children through adults. Has received training from internationally recognized cellists and pedagogues. My goal is for students to develop confidence and a love of music through learning to play the cello! I tailor my teaching to the student's needs and have developed a variety of techniques to teach the many aspects of cello playing.

About Daniel
Daniel Tressel, cellist and composer, received a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in cello performance from University of Nevada and University of Illinois, respectively. Daniel went on to receive his Doctor of Musical Arts in music composition from Michigan State University where he studied under Dr. Ricardo Lorenz.

As a cellist, Daniel has performed as a soloist with the Livingston Symphony, University of Nevada Symphony and Glenbrook Symphony Orchestra. On numerous occasions he has been invited to present recitals and masterclasses in China at Universities such as Xi’an Conservatory of Music, Shandong University, and Zhejiang Conservatory of Music. He is a founding member of Duo Piacevole and the Armonia String Quartet, and has performed as an orchestral musician with the Reno Philharmonic, Lansing Symphony, Jackson Symphony, and West M
ichigan Symphony, among others.

As a composer, Daniel has received commissions from the Verdehr Trio, Livingston Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Jackson Youth Symphony, and Mason Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, he was named the winner of the Merle J. Isaac Composition Competition for his orchestral work Sunday Stroll. His most recent commission, a new work for solo violin, is scheduled to be released on White Pine Records.

Daniel currently is the cello faculty at Albion College, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School, and Bay View Music Festival. He previously taught as a music theory/composition faculty at Spring Arbor University.
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Holly May 22, 2018
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Daniel Tressel is an exceptional musician and teacher who has been providing cello lessons to my son for the past five years. Under his direction, my son has reached a level of play that is far beyond what he would have attained through his school orchestra program alone. Daniel is professional yet very personable and tailors his instruction to the needs of the student. His critiques are effective and nonjudgmental, guiding the student to improve with each lesson. He is always punctual and is timely with communication. I am delighted with how much my son has progressed as a musician under Daniel's direction. I highly recommend him as an instructor.
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Melody January 12, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Daniel is helping my ten year old to develop skills that prepare him for success in cello performance. His patient, well-spoken style is useful and encouraging. Lessons are structured, yet varied. My child’s interest is maintained throughout the 45 minute lesson.
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Elysabeth January 11, 2018
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Daniel is a patient and thorough teacher. He provides structured lessons with enough flexibility to address any specific difficulties a student is encountering; either with the lesson material, or material from any activities the student participates in. Personally he has helped with technical bits from music I've played at church as well as music from a youth orchestra I belong to.
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About Ariel L.

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Hello, I am Ariel Londono. I am cellist from Colombia. I speak English and Spanish fluently. I have a master degree on Chamber Music Performance from Kent State University and a Master degree in Cello performance from Ohio University. I have ten years experience teaching cello. I have experience teaching children and elder people as well. I like to focus in a correct and organic technique in order to achieve very clean and musical performances from my students, also to prevent injuries. I am also very interested in popular music and I am willing to adapt my teaching style to your needs and likes.

About Ariel
Hello there! When it comes to teaching Cello, the most important thing in my opinion is giving the students all the tools they need to gain confidence when practicing on their own. Good practicing habits and clear technical concepts are the keystone for learning cello in an efficient and friendly way. You will save time and money. Every person is different and so every student will learn in a different way. One of the most relevant goals I aim at when I am teaching cello is getting to understand the student and adapting myself to find the best way to teach that particular person.
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Mauricio Rivera July 13, 2018
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I have had excelent advices from David on chelo's technique.
He is so punctual solving technique problems.

Another advantage is the wide repertoire he domains, so you won't loose time studying with him.

Contact him, he has helped me a lot. He makes play chelo so easy!!
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About Henry C.

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I believe people should learn cello because it's something they love.
I work with people with all ages and I believe music is just like a language where you get to share your story with your listener.
I believe everyone is different and I teach cello not only through the basic technique but also understand how to learn an instrument like as if they are singing.
I love what I do and I have a lot of patient with all my students. It's my passion seeing people improving doing what they love.

About Henry
I'm a professional cellist and currently working on my doctorate degree at Northwestern University. I believe learning cello should be fun and rewarding and it's something that you love. I've been teaching assistant to professor Hans Jensen here at Northwestern University the past two years and also had served as TA at Meadowmount School of Music before.

I was born in Taiwan, and began my musical studies at the age of 13. Since then, I has received numerous awards and recognitions both locally and nationally including the 1st Prize in the 2017 Arnuero International Chamber Music Competition, 1st prize in the 2013 Eastman School Concerto Competition, 1st Prize in the 2013 American Protege International String and Piano Competition, and 2nd Prize in the 2012 Eastern Connecticut Instrumental Competition.

I participated in numerous music f
estivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, Beijing International Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, ENCORE School for Strings, GAIA Masterclasses, Heifetz Institute, International Summer Campus at Royal Danish Academy of Music, Isa International Music Festival, Meadowmount School, National Arts Centre Orchestra Young Artists Program, and Sarasota Music Festival.

I attended the Colburn School of Performing Arts from 2005-2009, and holds a Bachelor degree of Music from the Eastman School of Music and Master degree of Music from the Northwestern University. I am currently a candidate in Doctoral of Music Art at the Northwestern University. My primary teacher includes Hans Jensen, Steven Doane, and Ronald Leonard.
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About Willis K.

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I have 5 years of teaching experience and am a member of the Suzuki Association with registration in Books 1-3. Lessons are uniquely designed for each student with emphasis on developing beautiful tone, technical mastery, and musical creativity. Students will be able to achieve their personal goals, from learning their favorite songs to preparation for college auditions.

About Willis
Willis Koa is a cellist and teacher based in East Lansing. He is a regular member of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and West Michigan Symphony and recently joined the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra as assistant principal. Willis frequently performs with other regional orchestras in West Michigan. He has performed as a part of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and Holland Symphony Orchestra.

As a collaborative musician, Willis was a primary member of the UT Contemporary Music Ensemble, UT Graduate Quartet/Quintet, Western Michigan University’s Birds on a Wire contemporary music ensemble. In addition, he has participated in chamber ensembles at several music festivals including Round Top Festival Institute, Wintergreen Summer Music Academy, and Meadowmount School of Music.

During his studies, W
illis has had the opportunity to perform in various masterclasses with prominent performing artists and professors. He has performed for David Ying, Stephen Balderston, the Doric String Quartet, and others.

An active teacher, Willis has been pursuing training in the Suzuki Method. He is a member of the Suzuki Association and plans to continue training for the benefit of his students. Willis teaches a private studio and has also assisted collegiate level and non-major students during his time at UT.

Willis is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Cello Performance at Michigan State University, studying cello with Suren Bagratuni. He completed his Master’s in Cello Performance at the University of Tennessee where he served as graduate teaching assistant and holds a BM in Cello Performance from Western Michigan University and was awarded the Herbert Butler Scholarship. His primary teachers were Wesley Baldwin and Bruce Uchimura.
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Okemos, MI 48864
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About Christina G.

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Thoughtful, insightful and nurturing cello instruction. Discover and share the power of music with personalized lessons.

I’ve worked with cellists of all ages in order to help them discover the joys and challenges involved in playing a string instrument. My approach focuses on developing patience and cultivating a growth mindset.

With my teaching methods, students are able to develop effective practice habits that make playing music easier. My greatest joy is watching students passion grow as they learn to make beautiful music.

I take pride in teaching cellists who are eager to broaden their understanding of music and artistry, who strive to develop their talents and work on their shortcomings, and who love sharing music.

About Christina
I recently moved from the Washington D.C area where I taught 20-30 students a week. My versatility, experience, and formal training help me to make learning easy and fun.

In addition to lessons, I ask my students to perform together in ensembles for the community (in schools, senior care facilities, hospitals, and charity fundraisers). For these performances, students play music they have chosen and had a hand in arranging. There are opportunities to play solos and lots of contemporary and classical repertoire as well. In addition to these smaller performances, there are also more formal recitals at the end of the year.

As a performer, my playing has been praised for its “incredible depth” [Broadway World Review] on stage and “haunting” [Boston Arts Review] sound. I have led a diverse career performing in theaters, collaborating
with cross-genre ensembles, working with contemporary classical composers, and passionately educating young musicians. 

I love watching my students discover how much music can transform the lives of others. I love watching them grow and seeing them create more and more beautiful music.

Come join us on our crusade to make music an important part of everyone's life.
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Connor August 8, 2018
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Working with Christina over the past few years has been such a great experience! She is a first-rate teacher who is very supportive and caring. Highly recommended!
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I'm a bassist and a Music teacher with more than 15 years of experience. I've played in several orchestras in Brazil and in the US, and I have Master's degrees in Performance and Popular Music (Ethnomusicology). The Cello is my second instrument, and I really love to play it! I'm a certified Suzuki teacher, and I'm specialized in teaching kids (ages 5 and up).

About Miranda Bartira
Hi! My name is Miranda and I'm a Bassist and Music teacher. I've been playing and teaching Music for more than 15 years, and I've had students of all ages.

I'm Brazilian, and I've performed in several orchestras, both in Brazil and in the US. I've also played in musicals (Cabaret, Gypsy, The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, among others) - this is something that I really enjoy doing! I'm also a singer, and I've sung in choirs and in Bossa Nova and Jazz bands.

I have a Master's degree in Performance (bass) and another one in Popular Music (Brazilian Music). Right now I've just moved to Pittsburgh, PA, for my PhD in Musicology.I love to learn about Music!

A little bit about my experience as a Music teacher: I've taught at universities, conservatories, social projects, private studio, K-12... I love to teach Orchestra, and I'm a
conductor. I write arrangements for my orchestras now and then, mostly with a pedagogical intent.

I enjoy to teach kids very much, and I'm a certified Suzuki teacher. I also hold a standard certificate for Music (K-12), issued by the state of Texas, and I'm a member of TMEA. That doesn't mean I don't like to teach adults; my oldest student ever was 72! It's never too late to learn Music and to have fun doing it! If you want to give it a try, I can help you. Just contact me!
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Aracy August 11, 2018
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I am an orchestra director and worked closely with Miranda in a school district. Miranda is not only very knowledgeable in bass performance, pedagogy and repertoire, but she has been also highly successful in ensemble teaching. I highly recommend Miranda as a teacher!
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