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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.
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.
I only teach beginner and intermediate cello.
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!
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.
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