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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 Artist 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.

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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.

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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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Melody July 10, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Great lesson. Received good feedback on technique.
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Ke C. August 28, 2016
· Cello · In home
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
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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Michael P.

Michael P.

Brooklyn, NY 11219
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About Laura C.

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New York, NY

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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.

About Laura
*** About Me ***
I am a classically trained cellist in NYC. I have a 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.

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My teaching pulls from the Suzuki method and the great cello pedagogue Irene Sharp. I emphasize ear-training and 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 e
njoyable experience too! We will work together to ensure that you or your child 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. Each lesson students practice ear-training and sight-reading so they are prepared for auditions and can learn music more quickly.

Lessons will be age appropriate, highly interactive, and geared towards your/ your child's personal goals as an aspiring cellist.

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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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Deno September 23, 2017
· Cello · In home
Laura is a wonderful cello teacher. Our daughter (10 y.o.) has been playing cello for 2 years. We just moved to NYC and needed a cello teacher. We found Laura and our daughter just had her first lesson with Laura. They reviewed skills, practiced pieces, ear training and Laura provided appropriate level workbooks at the end for home practice. Our daughter said "I can't wait to work with Laura again next week." Proof enough for us.
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Amy October 18, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Laura is a great cello teacher! She is experienced, knowledgable, and has an amazing positive energy in our lessons. Her expectations are high yet realistic, and I very much enjoying learning the cello with her. I highly recommend Laura as a teacher!
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Belinda September 1, 2016
· Cello · In studio
It was really good professional work
My daughter is happy because its higher level than regular school teaching
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Laura C.

Laura C.

New York, NY 10025
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About Yu Yu L.

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New York, NY

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New students will bring in anything they know to their first lesson in order for me to have a brief understanding of their level and personality. This will allow me to build a personal guideline to focus on individually.

About Yu Yu
Ms. Liu has been teaching cello and piano since 2008. She received her training at The Juilliard School where she received a degree in Cello Performance. Ms. Liu is most passionate in chamber and orchestral music. As a pupil of Fred Sherry and Astrid Schween, she has a wide range of knowledge and passion in all genres of music.
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Collin M. January 18, 2018
· Cello · Online
Yu Yu is excellent. My son learned so much in the first one hour online lesson. The online communication posed a challenge, but she was able to communicate thoroughly and effectively for my son to understand and improve on his technique and posture. I am confident we chose the right instructor for him.
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Ron December 14, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Yu Yu is very professional, keen, and discerning. Her enthusiasm is highly infectious and her love of music motivates me as a student. In particular, her acute discernment challenges me to grow as a musician. She is simply superb.
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Desmond November 14, 2017
· Cello · Online
Very professional. My daughter is so lucky!
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Yu Yu L.

New York, NY 10023
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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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Colleen July 16, 2018
· Cello · In home
My daughter loved her first lesson. She can't wait for the second.
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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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Brendon P.

Montclair, NJ 07043
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About Mark P.

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New York, NY
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I focus on teaching students the overall musical ideas as well as specific necessary skills needed to portray the musical ideas. Eat Training, music theory and analyzes are also a subject of my discussions with the students, since it is necessary to understand the meaning of the piece and the idea of the composer. Combining Russian, American and French schools of music learnings, I try to provide students with the most well-rounded musical education.

About Mark
Cellist Mark Prihodko, originally from Belarus, started his performing career at age 9 at the Musica Mundi Festival In Belgium and the Chat el Ro Concert Series in France, while attending Republican Music College of Belarus, under the mentorship of Professor Vladimir Perlin.

In 2012, Mark was offered a scholarship from the Shattuck St. Mary’s School (Faribault, MN) to pursue his passion for music by studying with Tanya Remenikova, Professor of Cello at the University of Minnesota.

Mark has won numerous competitions such as the Schubert Club, Minnesota Sinfonia, Mary West, First Manhattan International Music Competition, Rochester Music Guild, and YPSCA Competitions. He has performed at venues such as the Minnesota Orchestra Hall, Alice Tully Hall (New York) and the Carnegie Weill Hall, among others. He has worked with a number of
orchestras, such as the Moscow and Minsk Philharmonics, Minnesota Sinfonia, and the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra. Mark also won “The Best Performer Of The Year” award during the Salon Se Leve recital series in Minneapolis.

In 2016, Mark started International Project Artemp that serves the essence of XXI century artwork by uniting artists and creators from all over the world in a one-of-a-kind experience of collaborative contemporary art.

The highlights of Mark’s last season include performances in Minsk (Belarus), Moscow (Russia), Zurich (Switzerland), Hong Kong, Stuttgart (Germany), Vilnius (Lithuania), New York and at the Aspen Music Festivals (USA).

Mark Prihodko is currently studying at The Juilliard School under Kovner Fellowship with Professor Richard Aaron
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Noah August 15, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Mark is one of the finest musicians I have ever had the pleasure to work with. He has an incredibly rare ability to explain the essence of musical ideas in a way that dramatically changes and improves his students' playing and musicianship. His understanding of music is on the highest of levels. He is an amazing teacher, player, and mentor--I could not recommend him more highly.
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Viktoria August 13, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Mark is a wonderful teacher, who reads the student instantly, and quickly adopts his strategies in order to reach the highest results together with the student. Most importantly, he taught me how to practice and perfect my playing by myself, which is very useful, considering my travel schedule. I highly recomend him for students of all ages.
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Mark P.

New York, NY 10024
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About Tara S.

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Bryn Athyn, PA

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Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player I can help you reach your goals for playing the cello. I can help you get started on the cello or prepare for your next audition. I teach the classical track and enjoy teaching popular music as well. My students stay with me because I have a gentle approach to pushing them to fulfill their potential as a musician.

About Tara
I graduated from Temple University in 2000 with a degree in music education with a concentration in cello and music technology.

I have taught cello and music theory privately for 20 years with great success. I have taught all different ages and levels of students. I have a studio in my home and I also travel to you if necessary. I am classically trained but I enjoy teaching contemporary music regularly to my students. I have the ability to arrange music from any genre for any instrument.

I am enthusiastic about the process of learning the cello and music theory. I love catering the journey to the needs of each individual student. I strive to figure out a student's true goals for music and help them obtain those goals.
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Denise May 3, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Tara taught both of my children when they were 8 years old. She helped my daughter get started on the viola and when ready moved her to a dedicated viola teacher. Tara taught my son, who is now 16 for 4.5 years. I am grateful to Tara for instilling the love of the cello and recognizing my son’s raw talent. She also teachers Music to elementary school
children and she has an incredible gift with keeping kids interested and engaged. She helped my figgidity young boy stay focused, often giving him a choice of what he wanted to play next for his level. My son is in 10 th grade and continues to play and wants to study Cello Performance and Music. Both my children play in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and in small chamber groups and have reached the Regions and All states level with school. She has an incredible gift with children and her love for playing is infectious. I highly recommend her. She has a wonderful reputation in the community.
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Sig March 15, 2018
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Tara is very knowledgeable and patient. She guides me though my lessons do that I learn and feel good about my progress.
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Marguerite March 12, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Tara is one of those teachers who is not only personally super talented in her own musical career, but also knows how to engage and inspire her students. My daughter learned so much from her and loved her as a teacher!!
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Tara S.

Bryn Athyn, PA 19009
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About Alexandra K.

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New York, NY

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I can help the student practice and learn their way around the cello in an efficient manner. This means that I will be helping with intonation and other technique by giving exercises for the challenging passages. Lessons will be customized according to the goal of the student. Sharing my knowledge in cello and music is a passion and a goal of mine and I would love to help reach your goals.

About Alexandra
I am currently a student at the Juilliard School in New York. I began to play the cello at the age of 6. I have attended Summer programs such as Kneisel Chamber Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, and the Meadowmount School of Music. Before college, I studied with Hans Jørgen Jensen, a professor at Northwestern University, and currently, I am studying with Natasha Brofsky.

I have taught in settings such as private lessons, cello sectionals, and public outreach classes. I am experienced with Suzuki and more advanced level as well. I value the personal interaction between me and the student extremely rewarding. Since I am a student myself, I can help you find different ways of practicing that works for you and can help you learn how to navigate your way around the cello efficiently.

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ling your own story is one of the most valuable aspects of music, and I am excited to help you to find your own way of telling your story with the cello.
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Miyeon September 17, 2018
· Cello · In studio
She helped my 12 year old daughter prepare the Saint Saens Cello concerto (1st movement) for a small performance. My daughter played more spiritedly after her session with Alex. She was especially helpful for a specific bow technique.
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Josh May 31, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Time efficient, always on time. Creative teaching
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Alexandra K.

New York, NY 10019
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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
· Cello · In home
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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Princeton, NJ 08540
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About Sara S.

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I have studied with some of the greatest masters of the cello at The Juilliard School and The Curtis Institute of Music and used the knowledge they have shared with me performing thousands of concerts on 6 continents. Lessons with me should excite the student, energize them towards their goals, help them progress quickly and ignite a love of music and the cello. I aim to make lessons the most fun thing you do each week! There is nothing more exhilarating than hearing the beauty of the cello produced by yourself!

About Sara
I have performed thousands of concerts on 6 continents as a soloist and with my trio, The Eroica Trio, with most of the major orchestras such as Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Prague, Vienna, Beijing, Royal Philharmonic and at most of the great halls of the world like Carnegie, Lincoln Center, Hollywood Bowl, Concertgebouw, Musik Verein. I've been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards and won one Grammy. I've recorded 10 albums with my trio, 6 as a soloist and collaborated with other artists such as Sting, Rufus Wainwright and Tim McGraw. I adore music and especially the cello and I am passionate about sharing that love with students!
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Sara S.

New York, NY 10025
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About Amy T.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I am a passionate and experienced cellist and teacher. I aim for an environment which makes music learning enjoyable to students of all ages. I have traveled worldwide both studying and performing and love assisting students in reaching and exceeding their musical goals. I look forward to meeting you and being a part of growing your love for music and the cello.

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As a classically trained cellist, I completed my Masters in Australia on a full performance scholarship. I moved to NYC in 2015 to undertake a Professional Studies Diploma at a top New York music conservatory. In addition to my performance schedule, I have a passion for teaching students of all ages. I love meeting new students and forming lessons based on their goals and musical aspirations. I believe it is most important to assist students in setting up a solid foundation on their instrument, which in turn will give them the skills to be able to learn and perform at their full potential.
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Samuel September 17, 2018
· Cello · Online
She really dedicates time and Attention to the lesson. She makes it easy to understand the music notes.
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Lauren September 9, 2018
· Cello · In home
Amy has been teaching me for about one year now. I go to her apartment in Brooklyn to take
Lessons every week. She is an amazing teacher ! And always takes time to explain everything in detail. I’m already playing songs from the Suzuki book. She is such a nice teacher! Thanks Amy 🎻
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Katie September 9, 2018
· Cello · In home
Amy is a true professional! She really takes the individual she’s working with into consideration and tailors her methods to the students unique needs. She’s incredibly patient and compassionate, and knows how to build up talent and confidence with positivity. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to establish beautiful technique and cultivate their love for the cello!
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Amy T.

Brooklyn, NY 11230
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