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These Cello teachers are highly rated by students in the Howard Beach area, including Whitestone, Ridgewood, Princeton Junction, Westfield and Woodside.

Eric E.

New York, NY 10032

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Private Cello Teacher

I am a freelance cellist in NYC which means I get to play music of all styles and genres. I love getting to play and teach all different kinds of music and do not expect my students to learn only one style. The world of music is a vast one and I enjoy getting to explore as much of it as I can

About Eric

Hello! My name is Eric and I've been playing Cello for 19 years. I absolutely love music in all of it's forms. I've had a very diverse career and played music from all over the world and getting to explore the world of music is one of the things I cherish the most. I love getting to pass along my appreciation and love for music to my students.

I have worked in inner City schools in NYC teaching cello classes as well as giving private lessons. As a teaching artist I enjoy getting to travel to upstate NY to work with schools in the Adirondack region. I also have experience teaching adult students of all skill levels.
I am comfortable and experienced teaching people of all ages and experience levels.
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I don't provide any equipment unless the student is without a stand in which case I'll bring one, the only thi

ng I would require is a chair but that has never been an issue before.

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I specialize in Classical music in all genres. I've played in multiple orchestras and string quartets as well as playing solo cello for orchestras and recitals. I am also very experienced in world music, pop, rock, etc.
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Eric E.

New York, NY

Catherine W.

Brooklyn, NY 11221

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Private Cello Teacher

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 many community performances and raised charity funds for organizations such as World Vision, A. G. Rhodes 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.

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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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August 29, 2018
Merlene
I had a great experience because Catherine is an amazing instructor.
She taught lessons with a high degree of professionalism and care. As a novice, I was able to learn a lot because Catherine was patient and attentive to my learning style.
March 27, 2018
Teba
My two oldest children (one more advanced in piano than the other) began taking lessons with Catherine just this year. They have both shown significant improvement and love her as an instructor. They also look forward to practicing in between lessons. We could not be happier.
March 1, 2018
Naoko
Great artist and a teacher. My 6 year old enjoys her lessons and I love her down to earth vibe.

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Catherine W.

Brooklyn, NY

(17)

Concetta A.

Ridgewood, NY 11385

(35)

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

About Concetta

Concetta is a NYC based violinist, strings specialist and composer. She writes original art songs inspired by natural science, folk tales, poetry and everyday objects and sounds. She released her first solo album entitled Falling in Time in February 2015 on Waterbug Records. She was a visiting composer in residence at TAKT gallery in Berlin both in 2014 and 2016. In 2018 she co-composed a dance composition for the Wendy Osserman Dance Company. Concetta is most known for her collaborative work with poet Cornelius Eady (Kattywompus Press), musical instrument builder Skip La Plante, photographer Vera Comploj and Latin music band Inti and the Moon (Intiluna Records).

Concetta is the musical director of a music education non-profit called "Teacup Music". She holds a masters degree in Music and Music Education at Columbia University and has

received grants from the Rauschenberg Foundation, Department of Cultural Affairs, Brooklyn Arts Council, the Charles Mayer Foundation as well as The Roothbert Fund.

She loves dogs, hiking, cooking and gardening! She tailors her private lessons to individual students goals and needs.
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June 25, 2019
Jim
My first lesson with Concetta was great. I received a lot of good feedback and things to work on for this first week. Really looking forward to lesson 2 next week!
June 11, 2019
katherine
Concetta is a super knowledgable and supportive teacher! She adjusts her teaching to student interests and needs. She teaches in a lovely space and if you are super lucky you will meet her adorable dog, pepper <3. I highly recommend her!
March 1, 2019
Micaela
Hire Concetta, especially to support a beginning violin player! She is warm, professional and very adept at finding your child's musical strengths and then identifying material to help them access and enjoy the music and instrument. AKA GOOD TIMES for all and excited to continue...as it should be. Thank you Concetta for your expertise and flexibility with schedule. Keri-Ann

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Concetta A.

Ridgewood, NY

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Nick A.

Woodside, NY 11377

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In my lessons, my primary focus is helping students learn cello at their own pace, and developing their love and appreciation for music! Cello can be challenging, but anyone can learn with the right guidance! I have a conservatory training, and years of experience teaching people of all ages how to play. Students will learn technique, music reading, scales and arpeggios, and basic music theory in a comfortable and encouraging environment!

About Nick

I am a multi-instrumentalist from Queens, NYC, and I was the cellist/guitarist for the first national tour of the hit broadway show "Waitress".

I trained as a classical cellist at the Aaron Copland School of Music, and I am a lifelong guitarist. Before starting my broadway career, I worked as a freelance cellist, playing with numerous orchestras around NYC, in addition to teaching many students in the Queens/Nassau County area.

I also performed in a 30 city national tour the with the Post-Rock band "You Bred Raptors?". As a guitarist, I was sitting in with a professional band by the time I was just 14, and would later to go to play many clubs around NYC, such as the Bitter End and Bowery Electric, with my own projects.

Since the 'Waitress' tour, I have been freelancing in NYC as a professional musician and teaching musi

c at the Larchmont Music Academy in Westchester.
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October 11, 2019
Anthea T.
Nick is calm, encouraging, and clear. I feel capable!
September 27, 2019
Amory &.
Great first lessons. I have 2 boys, each learning a different instrument (violin & guitar), and Nick was great with them. Looking forward to the future lessons.
August 28, 2019
Lilli
Nick is really the best instructor ever! He is very knowledgeable about different styles and techniques, but he tailors each lesson so that the student is learning on their own terms - not pushing a methodology or using cookie cutter plans. He is very patient and kind and will work with you at your own pace, whether you are a beginner or want to learn on a more professional level. He plays a ton of different instruments and has experience touring with bands as well as classical training. He's really a one-stop-shop for all your musical needs! Hire him! He's made my life a lot better by teaching me his ways.

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Nick A.

Woodside, NY

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Chialing P.

Northport, NY 11768

(6)

Private Cello Teacher

If you are in school and are looking to get into all state and need help with school orchestra, or if you are an adult learner and just want to learn how to play, you are at the right place. I am a firm believer of having a good setup and I am excited to share it with you the secret to having good posture, having no soreness when you play, and how to have a good bow hand..etc. If you need help learning how to practice efficiently-that means practicing less but with greater outcome, you can also come to me. Playing the cello should be enjoyable and with the right method that I can provide for you, You will be able to improve tremendously.

About Chialing

I offer piano and cello lessons for all levels and ages in both English or Chinese. My teaching philosophy is to help students set up a good foundation and practice routine. My lessons are engaging and tailored to individual's needs.
I am also an experienced online teacher. Online music lessons offer the opportunity for students who do not live around a suitable teacher to take lessons and improve their musical skills. It also gives students convenience and it saves time commuting to teachers. It works the same way as an in person lesson except the teacher is on the screen. It is a good option if you do not have a suitable teacher nearby.
My method is a mix of suzuki books along with right hand and left hand exercise that I have accumulated over the years of teaching. I will give you a consultation on your first lesson to se

e what kind of material you need-that includes music theory and ear training if necessary. (you need someone to teach you how to read music right?) I will also make recommendation on your instrument and where to rent or buy them.

I hope this is helpful. Shoot me a message if you have any questions!
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August 7, 2019
L
We just started our lesson with Chialing. My son loves her lesson. She’s very informative and patient. We already benefited a lot from lesson in such a short time. Will continue working with her. Highly recommended!
March 31, 2019
Andrew J.
My son had his first lesson with Chialing today, and he learned a lot from her. She was very detailed in teaching and was very precise when correcting mistakes. She went through what my son needed to work on quickly yet completely. He looks forward to his next lesson with her.
March 31, 2019
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Chialing P.

Northport, NY

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Kristen D.

Brooklyn, NY 11215

(11)

Private Cello Teacher

I'm a cellist and educator who has taught students of all ages and abilities. I strive to enable my students to find their own style and voice on the instrument. During the past six years my students have applied their skills in orchestras, recitals, and bands. My lesson plans include technical development, various repertoire including Suzuki, and exploration of personal musical interests and songwriting. Cello is my passion and I want to share that with you!

About Kristen

Kristen is an accomplished cellist and music educator who has been teaching private lessons since 2009. She has helped her students develop technique, confidence in playing, note reading, orchestral and improvisational skills.

Kristen received her training at the Boston Conservatory, earning a Bachelor of Music in String Performance (2008) and a Masters of Music in Music Education (2010.) Her teaching style can be described as kind, patient, and knowledgable, with the ability to help push her students to new heights through finding their own musical voice through the instrument.

Kristen is also an experienced performing musician. She has toured nationally and internationally, and her cello playing with the band Gem Club can be heard on NPR's "All Songs Considered" and "Tiny Desk Concerts." You can hear her on the soundtrack to ABC'

s "Private Practice" and "Revenge", as well as NBC's "Parenthood".
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October 20, 2018
JoAnn
Kristen is super friendly, easy to understand, and really makes the most of the time you have together!
May 31, 2018
Jacqueline S.
Kristen is an excellent teacher. She is extremely intuitive about her students needs and tailors the lesson to the students skill level. I look forward to the next lesson.
April 16, 2016
Rachel G.
Kristen is absolutely fantastic. Our teen was a first time cello player and she learned an immense amount and was completely inspired by Kristen.

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Kristen D.

Brooklyn, NY

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Helen N.

Brooklyn, NY 11231

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While I certainly place emphasis on technical work and mastery, I also want all students to feel comfortable in expressing their individual voice and interests. I believe that it is incredibly important to encourage students to explore a number of creative avenues within music. Therefore, I am very open to having students explore music outside the classical canon in addition to experimenting with improvisation and composition. An additional component of my teaching style is finding unique and interesting ways to keep students motivated and teaching them how to effectively practice and learn on their own.

About Helen

My teaching philosophy is largely centered around the importance of individuality. The “one size fits all” approach is hardly ever adequate--every student has different needs, strengths, and challenges. While I certainly place emphasis on technical work and mastery, I also want all students to feel comfortable in expressing their individual voice and interests. I believe that it is incredibly important to encourage students to explore a number of creative avenues within music. Therefore, I am very open to having students explore music outside the classical canon in addition to experimenting with improvisation and composition. An additional component of my teaching style is finding unique and interesting ways to keep students motivated and teaching them how to effectively practice and learn on their own.

One of the greatest things about

teaching is the incredible amount of variety it offers. No two students will ever be the same, meaning I will never teach two students in an identical fashion. The challenge of uniquely tailoring my teaching to the needs and interests of individual students is one that I absolutely love.

My studio is a positive, encouraging, and sensitive environment, where I believe every person can begin or continue a life-long journey with music. Please contact me about my private teaching studio in Brooklyn. I welcome students of all levels and ages.
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October 26, 2015
Shaniya
Helen is an engaging and inspiring teacher. I recommend her highly!
July 8, 2015
Ellie R.
My 10 year old daughter isr excited to have Helen as a cello teacher. Helen is positive and fun and makes playing cello seem really hip and cool.

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Helen N.

Brooklyn, NY

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Lenna P.

Brooklyn, NY 11221

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I am an emotive cellist with two decades experience. As a member of the Park Quartet (the quartet in residence at Park Church) I recently performed at the 100th anniversary of McGolrick Park. I love sharing classical music with all levels of students. Lessons with me are calm, meditative experiences where we use Zen techniques to enter into the heart of music.

About Lenna

Hello cellists! My name is Lenna and I am pleased to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2011 and have loved helping my students improve their tone, learn better sight reading skills, and become more relaxed around their cellos. I studied chamber music for four years under the world famous Chiara Quartet. My favorite books about classical music are: The Art of Practicing and Just Play Naturally. I'm a kind and patient person and my teaching style is focused on comfort and emotional vibrancy in performance. I look forward to guiding you through some wonderful musical experiences.

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June 1, 2019
Zack
Lenna is a terrific cello teacher! I feel lucky to have found her through this site. I was starting from zero with the cello and she was able to guide me through the Suzuki book to be able to play some songs -- even sight-reading. While I have a long way to go, I appreciate her focus and dedication to improving my playing skills. Highly recommended!
March 3, 2019
Kelsey W.
Lenna is out of this world! When I first undertook, as an adult beginner, to learn the cello, I often found myself frustrated by the challenge. Lenna changed the way I approach my studies. She taught me to FEEL music, to find the beauty in slowing down and repeating, to have patience with my practice and to appreciate my progress. She has improved my rhythm, vibrato, sound quality, knowledge of music theory and more. She is always gentle and supportive during our lessons and approaches learning with a humility I only wish I could have. She likes to end lessons by guiding her students through a few minutes of improv, which I deeply enjoy. A talented cellist (and musician generally); a wonderful instructor; and a kind, supportive, optimistic personality. I love working with Lenna and strongly recommend her.
March 1, 2019
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Antonia
"I am a now heading off to be a freshman in college after studying with Arlette for over ten years. I began as a shy six year old and can say I am so glad
my mother encouraged me to study cello with Arlette. Arlette is both patient and stern in her teaching style. Every criticism was constructive and every praise warm and ernest. She helped me not only in my studies as a solo cellist, but as an orchestral cellist as well. I am so grateful and happy I to have studied with Arlette and encourage all those young (or older) cellists, whether they are beginning or more advanced, to study with Arlette."
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Laura
"In 10 months, Susanna has taken my 6th grader, a beginner, to acceptance into our region's youth symphony, and her school is putting her in 8th grade orch
estra instead of 7th grade because she's so far advanced. Susanna accomplished this with the perfect balance of serious hard work and fun, done with a smile, kind words, and an uncanny ability to pinpoint what the student is able to improve at the right time. We're also starting younger brother on violin with Susanna in a couple of weeks, because she's great."
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Patrick
"Excellent first class."
Emily
"He is clear and concise, which I appreciated given we only had 30 mins. He included not only how to play, but how to structure practice!"
Blake
"Megan was perfect! Kind, informative, helpful, comfortable, warm and genuine with great energy. She made my first lesson a breeze, accessible and inspirin
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Zoe
"My daughter had her first cello lesson with Nicole and she loved it! I was worried that she was too young to start but Nicole was sweet and kept her inter
ested. She even played her a Moana song at the end :) Can’t wait for the lessons ahead!"
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Talulah
"Genevieve taught me the most I’ve ever learned about the cello in a mere two months. Through her I was able to move through an entire Suzuki book while al
so learning every scale (including chromatic) without using open strings. The techniques she taught me helped further my music that I still use today. Before studying with her I was fourth stand in my high school’s orchestra. By the end of the Summer I was able to achieve first chair and all of the offered solos."
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Michael Prenger
"Michael is very patient and at the same time very enthusiastic. As a new student who happens to be 63 years old, I'm having a blast!"
JoAnn
"Megan,

Is very knowledgeable about playing the cello and the techniques that are needed to become a better player. Enjoyed my lesson. Thank you."

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