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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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Ke August 28, 2016
Cello · In home
Verified Student
I had a great class with Michael. He is extremely experienced in teaching and he has a very focused teaching strategy. Definitely take his class if you are interested in cello.
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Yemi A. August 12, 2016
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
I have been taking lessons with Michael for over a year now. I've taken lessons before with other instructors (though not in cello). Michael is one of the best instructors that I have ever had. He instructs and challenges you to get better, while at the same time being patient with your development. It has been a pleasure being a student of Michael.
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Marlynn W. 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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Michael P.

Michael P.

Brooklyn, NY 11209
(8)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Laura C.

New York, NY

I emphasize a physically relaxed and technically accurate approach to cello playing so that students are free to create music without limitations or physical discomfort.
Though playing an instrument takes hard work, it should be a fun and enjoyable experience too! We will work together to ensure that you are learning pieces that interest you and inspire you to reach the next level. By the end of each lesson you will know what to work on for the week and exactly how to practice in order to achieve the most effective results.

Students will learn the fundamentals of music theory and history while focusing on improving their technical facility on the cello. Students also work towards building their comfort with the instrument by practicing increasingly complex exercises and repertoire.

Lessons will be highly interactive and geared towards your personal goals as an aspiring cellist.

About Laura

*** About Me ***
I am a classically trained cellist in NYC. I master's degree in cello performance from a top NYC conservatory. In addition to performing music, I love to teach cello lessons to aspiring musicians of all ages! My musical aspirations stem from an undying love of music and my wish to share this with others. I am friendly, cheerful, energetic, and very patient, which creates an easy atmosphere for students to tackle the challenges of mastering the cello.

*** Lesson Details ***
I emphasize a physically relaxed and technically accurate approach to cello playing so that students
are free to create music without limitations or physical discomfort.
Though playing an instrument takes hard work, it should be a fun and enjoyable experience too! We will work together to ensure that you are learning pieces that interest you and inspire you to reach the next level. By the end of each lesson you will know what to work on for the week and exactly how to practice in order to achieve the most effective results.

Students will learn the fundamentals of music theory and history while focusing on improving their technical facility on the cello. Students also work towards building their comfort with the instrument by practicing increasingly complex exercises and repertoire.

Lessons will be highly interactive and geared towards your personal goals as an aspiring cellist.

*** Equipment ***
For lessons at my home, students only need to bring their instrument and their current repertoire.

For lessons at the student's home, students need to provide their own instrument, a music stand, 2 chairs, and the repertoire we are working on. I will bring my own instrument to lessons. I can assist you in renting a cello if you do not already have one.
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Belinda September 1, 2016
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
It was really good professional work
My daughter is happy because its higher level than regular school teaching
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Laura Cantrell August 10, 2016
Cello · In home
Laura is a very talented and patient cello teacher. My ten year old daughter has taken lessons for two years, had her first recital and is now enjoying a string camp. As a parent, I've marveled at Laura's patience and persistence, keeping lessons on point and reinforcing positive practice goals. We are very happy with both our daughter's experience as Laura's student and our daughter's accomplishments as a young cellist under Laura's guidance.
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Laura C.

Laura C.

New York, NY 10024
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Catherine W.

Brooklyn, NY

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 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 ***
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Cagdas KIBRISLI August 2, 2016
Violin · In home
Catherine is a very patient teacher! she helps thoroughly and shows techniques step by step. i am very happy to say she is a wonderful theacher! I" ll continue to take up her services!
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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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Catherine W.

Catherine W.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
(6)
starting at
$45 / 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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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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