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About Claire R.

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I teach beginners, intermediate and advanced players. I'm delighted to teach young people to learn about music and appreciate people of any age who are interested in learning. We will work every week with scales and arpeggios (chords) and progress through literature that is appropriate for your skill level. And we will definitely have fun!

About Claire
I've been teaching piano, cello, voice and theory in Los Angeles for over thirty years, helping students develop their particular interests in music and to encourage them to reach their personal goals. I love the classics and many of my students want to play popular music, contemporary sounds and jazz and that is fine too. I received my BA in music at UCLA and a Master's at Cal State Northridge. I conduct vocal and bell choirs, run a concert series, play chamber music, sing in a band and teach in the Community College District in addition to running my private studio.

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My students work on technical skills such as playing scales and chords at the beginning of each lesson since these are the building blocks of the music we wish to play. I expect students to practice but I understand that life is complicated and som
e days that may mean you only have ten minutes. I try to explain that a little bit every day will help you become a better player rather than working for two hours the day before a lesson. I have lots of good books that I assign that have fun materials with strong melodies. I design everyone's program according to their desires. After a half year, a beginning piano student might expect to be able to play the three essential chords ( the ones that harmonize so many songs) while playing the melody in the other hand. Cellists can expect to be able to play at least four scales, some in two octaves, and understand the notes in the first position within six months.

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Room for parents to wait, dedicated music space, Yamaha piano, great acoustics for singing

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Classical, Popular, Contemporary, Christian
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Mai N. March 12, 2016
· Cello · In studio
I am 43 years old and was scared to take on such a difficult instrument but I really wanted to learn how to play the beautiful cello. I had my first lesson and am very happy with Claire. She is friendly, accommodating, patient, and explains her lesson in a clear and easy manner (as easy as you can get with the cello). I had a lot of questions and she was very open in answering all of them. Although I am still at the very very beginnings of my journey, I am very excited to continue with the cello lessons, thanks to Claire.
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Leslie Mattesich October 30, 2015
· Cello · In studio
The first lesson was excellent. I completed my first private cello lesson since playing about 44 years ago. It was wonderful. The teacher is very organized and very nice. I thought maybe the lesson would be a lesson of remembering what I had forgotten from so long ago, but I actually learned new things. I'm excited to attend the next lesson.
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Mike H. February 11, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Claire works at your pace, but expects you to progress at a steady rate. It's the perfect balance between understanding the student's ability and reasonable expectations for advancement.
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Claire R.

Claire R.

Canoga Park, CA 91303
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About Arlette C.

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Reseda, CA

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My style of teaching is to teach each child one step at a time, through method training. Each child/Adult has their own learning curve and I adjust accordingly. Each lesson is fun and yet a learning time. I love teaching and it feeds every day. I always can see more students.

About Arlette
Arlette C. grew up and attended schools in Culver City, California. She attended Los Angeles Valley College where she received an Associate of Arts degree in Music. She then received a partial scholarship and received the Margaret Aue Award for outstanding cellist while attending California State University at Northridge, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance. She went on to attend University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a full scholarship and graduated with a Master of Music degree in cello performance.
After her graduation in 1984, she toured Europe for eight months playing cello with the Schatz Theater Group, an American opera company. Upon her return from Europe, she was hired to play in various orchestras in Michigan. In 1991, she returned to California and was named Operations Manager with the Inla
nd Empire Symphony Orchestra in San Bernardino. In 1994, she moved back to Culver City, where she began to work for Cedars Sinai Medical Center in 1997. Noticing the lack of any significant orchestra in Culver City she founded the Culver City Chamber Orchestra, with a mission of developing classical music interest in young audiences.
After she founded the Culver City Chamber Orchestra in 1997, she created the Just For Kids Youth Symphony Orchestra (2006-2008). With the Just For Kids group, she taught music fundamentals, music history, musicianship, and orchestral repertoire.
Ms. Arlette as well is the Founder and Music Director of her own orchestra and has attended several conducting workshops throughout the United States hosted by world renowned teachers such as Harold Faberman, Apo Hsu, Eduardo Navega, Marin Alsop, Lawrence Golan, Leonard Slatkin, Christoph Eschenbach, Otto Werner-Mueller, and Daniel Lewis. Her current conducting coach is Mr. John Koshak.
She has taught at Bloom School of Music In 2013. She is successfully conducting with the Culver City Chamber Orchestra, and is a free-lance cellist, and holds two wonderful cello studios in Culver City and Reseda.

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My lessons are fun and entertaining, but you (the student) will always learn something). You will first learn the basics like posture, sitting properly, cello basics, then we actually play the cello. Yeah!!!! You play a line or two or three, then we play together!!! We do this a couple of times with several different fingers on the strings so you can get used to it. Repeating this over and over gives you lots of confidence and mastery!!!
At the 6 month mark I hold a recital for all my students who must participate so that I and your parents can see the progress you have made in these 6 months. And both you and I should be very proud of the work You have put into playing the cello!!!

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Methods I teach are traditional scales, etudes, broken thirds and easy pieces to difficult ones. Styles I keep range from the entire classical era from Bach to 21st century music to Broadway and some jazz.
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Kristin ysla March 29, 2016
· Cello · In studio
Amazing teacher and so nice! :)
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Antonia September 19, 2015
· Cello · In studio
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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Victoria R. June 15, 2015
· Cello · Online
Fantastic Lesson!
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Arlette C.

Arlette C.

Culver City, CA 90230
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About Angela C.

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Long Beach, CA

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Experienced cello teacher of 30 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages. I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of classical skills. I welcome adult beginners and provide many playing opportunities throughout the year for my students.

About Angela
EDUCATION

My musical education began while sitting on my mother's lap as she taught piano lessons. I began studying cello with a member of the Kansas City Philharmonic at age 9, and at age ten, I followed in my mother's footsteps to play the flute. I played all three instruments, (piano, cello and flute) until high school when it was became clear to me that I wanted to be an orchestra teacher. With this dream in mind, I began playing the violin as well.
I graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor's in Music Education in 1989 and again in 1999 with a Master's degree.

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

As a youngster, I was the youngest member of the Kansas City Youth Symphony and the Kansas City Cello Choir performing with these two groups for eight years. I was chosen from applicants nation wide, to perform in Carnegie Hall and trav
el Europe with "America's Youth in Concert" and I was a three time All-Stater.

While attending Drake University, I played in the Drake University Orchestra and the Des Moines Symphony, and I was the winner of the Young Artist Competition awarding me the honor as featured soloist with the Drake Symphony Orchestra.
In 1993 I began playing with the Encore String Trio. This trio plays on a regular basis for weddings and receptions.
I currently play cello in the Encore String Trio, and viola in the Long Beach Community Orchestra.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

My teaching experience includes nearly 30 years of private teaching. I've had the pleasure of teaching all areas of music; elementary general music, band, choir and orchestra. During my 20 years of teaching orchestra in the public schools, I implemented many innovative opportunities for my students such as children's concert which drew more than 700 people in attendance, strolling strings, cello choir and a viola choir, all of which proved to be very motivational for the students. My goal of teaching is to make music fun for all.

PHILOSOPHY

I believe music should be fun. I provide you with several playing opportunities throughout the year, ranging from solo to group playing. I provide large group playing opportunities at Christmas and at the recitals. Every group playing opportunity is accompanied with food and games for all. This studio is FUN!

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you are studying for recitals, competitions, a music career or just for fun, you can expect equal attention to technique and musicianship in your lessons.
Lessons will be tailored to each students needs which may include flash cards, supplemental materials, ear training, sight reading, technical studies, scales, and solo work.
You are never to old to learn to play an instrument. Over half of my students are adult beginners. Because of this, I provide group playing opportunities and I organize a solo ensemble contest for my students. This gives opportunities to the adult beginners that they missed out on as a child. You will have a lesson by yourself, monthly mini recitals in my studio, and you will have the opportunity to play orchestra music as a group all right here in my studio. You are guaranteed to learn how to play your instrument, have fun and gain great friendships here in this studio. I'm looking forward to introducing you to our studio family.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The teachers studio is in a large room with multiple windows for natural light. The room includes instruments and stands in the middle of the room.

*** Specialties ***
I use the Suzuki method books. I am a classical player and I teach classical music.
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Esther June 14, 2017
· Cello · In home
First lesson left me with a very good impression. Can't wait to go back.
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Adriene November 27, 2015
· Cello · In home
Angela is amazing! She is very patient, flexible and pushes you to excel beyond expectations. I am so excited to take cello lessons from such a talented, intelligent, honest and fun music instructor!

I really appreciate Angela!
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Jenny L. September 29, 2015
· Cello · In studio
Angela is very nice teacher. My kid loves her so much. She encourages her student with her whole heart. All students trust her very much.
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Angela C.

Angela C.

Long Beach, CA 90808
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About Joshua S.

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Learn fundamental technique in a variety of different styles with an emphasis on the underlying theories that make up the musical world.

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I have been studying music for 16 years, I graduated with a Bachelor's in vocal performance from the prestigious Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. Eight years of recording and live performance experience in a various disciplines including pop, rock, reggae, folk, indie/alternative, opera, musical theatre, and jazz.
I am a proficient group and private music instructor teaching voice, piano, ukulele, electric bass, flute, cello, music theory and composition. Experience focused on working with children in a therapy music program.

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My desire to share my passion for music is what drives me to teach it. My hope is to share the love and joy of music with people of all ages, and to instill an appreciation for music that will last a lifetime. I'm committed to the success of each of my students, and creating lesson pl
ans that are designed to meet the specific needs and desires of each individual student. My teaching style ensures that my students not only learn the musicality of the instrument, but have fun while playing.

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Mac computer with Logic and Sibelius.
MBox recording interface.
Scarlet 2i2 recording interface
Audio Technica condenser microphone.
Sennheiser dynamic microphone.
MXL condenser microphones
MAudio midi controller
Various Basses, Guitars, Ukuleles, Banjos, Mandolins, Flutes, and Harmonicas

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My personal performance specialties are singing and playing in pop, rock, reggae, folk and indie/alternative. I have recording and live performance experience in various disciplines and I am also proficient in opera, musical theatre, and jazz. I am an experienced group and private music instructor teaching voice, piano, ukulele, electric bass, flute, cello, music theory and composition.
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Shannon Crowther March 20, 2016
· Singing · In home
Great teacher! Very knowledgable, helpful and fun. Welles is really enjoying her lessons and we are glad we found Joshua.
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Kylie R. September 28, 2015
· Ukulele · In home
Joshua is making ukulele lessons very enjoyable for my 12 year old daughter. She took piano somewhere else before this and is really enjoying this new experience. She just keeps saying how fun it is!
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Synnove T. September 21, 2015
· Piano · In home
Josh was right on time and created an instant rapport with my daughter. She is looking forward to continuing work with him.
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Joshua S.

Joshua S.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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About Maritza O.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I've been teaching cello for 10 years and my students have gone on to learn and appreciate different styles of music. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to learn the basics and as time goes on you'll be able to play different songs. I specialize in providing you with the guide, tools and knowledge that you will need to succeed. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Maritza
Professional Musician with over 25 years experienced teaching children and adults. Learn how to play piano, violin, viola, cello or guitar.
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Adam September 19, 2016
· Violin · In home
Awesome Lesson! Practicing hard and looking forward to taking more!
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Giovanna September 9, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very polite and respectful
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Marcos July 29, 2016
· Spanish · In home
Maritza is wonderful with my son who is 7 years old. The violin lessons are fun and very very instructive. Glad I found her.
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Maritza O.

Maritza O.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
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About Tara A.

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I've been teaching cello for 8 years, and teach all ages and all levels. I am Suzuki trained, and am committed to finding solutions through open communication. It is imperative that the student, teacher, and parent are on the same page.

I tailor each lesson to each individual student, and bring awareness to the student's communication style. I teach students how to hold the cello and bow sustainably, how to play with ease and comfort, music theory and history, and an overall aural vocabulary.

About Tara
Tara graduated from Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music with a Bachelors Degree in cello performance. During her studies there, she was awarded the opportunity to play with acclaimed faculty Wen-Lei Gu and Anthony Padilla for a live radio broadcast in Chicago. Growing up in LA, she has studied with Rachael Lonergan, Pam Devenport, Tanya Carey, and John Walz.

She has been teaching for over 10 years, and has taken Suzuki training regularly. She is passionate about reaching a broad and diverse audience. She is an active performer, recording artist, and collaborator. She is an active member of the Suzuki of the Americas and the American String Teachers Association. She maintains a studio of students from age 3 to adult in South Pasadena, and makes soap and gardens in her spare time.
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John K. May 12, 2017
· Cello · In studio
I've been taking music lessons since I was in elementary school and have had private as well as group lessons for Violin. Now as an older adult, I wanted to learn the Cello and found Tara through Take Lessons. Tara is one of the best instructors I've ever had and I'm greatly enjoying being her student!
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John April 5, 2017
· Cello · In studio
I've just completed my 5th lesson with Tara and I'm greatly enjoying learning the Cello with her. A very patient and fun instructor, especially to work with myself as an older student. I'm definitely continuing and recommend her highly to anyone young or adult who wants to learn from a wonderful teacher.
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John K. March 8, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Great first lesson!
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Tara A.

Tara A.

South Pasadena, CA 91030
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About Chris E.

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Costa Mesa, CA

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Do you want to experience the joy of music making for yourself? Does the sound of the cello make you melt? Me too! I've been a cellist for over 20 years and can't wait to share my love of this instrument with you. Whatever your level of musical experience or goals, let's work together create a musical experience that is emotionally rewarding, will challenge you creatively, and give you helpful learning techniques and habits that are applicable to all areas of life!

About Chris
Every lesson suited to the student's needs! Chris E. is available for in-home, in-studio, and online lessons for your convenience.

Chris has been playing the cello for over 20 years, and teaching since 2009. He has performed around the world, including solo recitals and an orchestra tour in China, and has received instruction and coaching from renowned classical musicians, which include members of the Academy of St Martin's in the Field, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet.

After receiving his Master's degree in Music Performance from the University of Kentucky, Chris settled in Central Florida, where he is a frequent performer in the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and other regional ensembles. He also currently coaches chamber groups and teaches music theory at a local college.
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Miriam August 2, 2017
· Cello · In studio
My daughter started taking Cello 1 year and a half ago. She has learn so much and not only music but dedication and responsibility.Mr. Erickson was an amazing teacher and his patience and experience is excellent.
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Chris E.

Chris E.

Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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About Effy H.

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Huntington Beach, CA

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I hope I can teach you in the way that my first cello teacher taught me to fall in love with this instrument! I recently returned from performing in a music festival in Sweden. There I experienced something more than just fine tuning my skills and meeting other musicians that were as dedicated as myself to the learning of our instrument. We learned why it is that we spent our lives playing music...it is because of our love we have for our cello. Let the journey begin today with your 1st lesson!

About Effy
Effy Huang-Lichtenegger is available for in-studio, and online lessons worldwide! Effy has been playing piano and string instruments for over 25 years and teaching music since 2001. Effy teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced. Classically trained in both piano and strings using standard teaching methods, Effy teaches to enhance the student's own strengths, musicality, and dexterity using a wide spectrum of methods.
Effy received her music education from the University of California of Irvine and is constantly continuing her education by attending workshops to keep up-to-date on music trends and techniques used for the professional musician in today's fast-paced world. Effy is extremely patient and understands that each student should be treated as individuals that have various strengths and skill sets le
arning at different paces. She is committed to making sure every student will achieve their musical goals and aspirations with focus and attention.
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Molly March 26, 2017
· Violin · In home
Ms. Effy has been teaching my son violin for the past three years (from age 5-8). She is simply amazing! She is patient, encouraging, an excellent teacher, and my son has so much fun with her. He looks forward to her lessons every week!
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Effy H.

Effy H.

Huntington Beach, CA 92646
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About Emily D.

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I'm a versatile and experienced cellist providing private lessons for both children and adults. Since 2003, I've maintained a studio of private students in New York, Connecticut, and Boston, and I've recently relocated to Los Angeles. I like making music fun and accessible while maintaining structure and clarity. My organized, friendly approach helps my students progress rapidly and with ease. In addition to working with children and adult amateurs, I also work with advanced students who are interested in exploring the baroque style and historical performance practice. I believe by fostering solid technique and building problem-solving strategies, the ability to express oneself through music becomes effortless and enjoyable.

I've taught in both public and private schools, and I'm active on YouTube and social media @emilyplayscello.

About Emily
I've been teaching nearly 15 years to ages 3 through 73—I've seen it all! I love helping a student learn a piece they've always wanted to play or achieve their own personal goals. I am extremely organized and methodical, but not to the point of exhausting or frustrating a student. I like to keep things positive and make sure lessons are always enjoyable. I also take pride in creating well-rounded musicians who are comfortable not only playing well, but also knowing about the composer or the piece, music theory, and sight-reading.
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Emily D.

Valley Village, CA 91607
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About Lucy C.

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Experienced teacher of beginner, intermediate and advanced students of all ages. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student.

About Lucy
I believe that a musical education is very important, life changing even. No matter the age of my students, I emphasize on creativity, discipline and problem solving strategies that must be discovered when immersing oneself into the world of cello playing.

I received my Bachelors of Music in cello performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory and later received my Masters degree from University of Redlands. At both institutions I held principal positions, was an active member in all string ensembles and performed often in university related events. Outside of school, I perform with the Dana Point Symphony and continue to freelance with several ensembles. Previously, I have been part of the Los Angeles Jr. Philharmonic, Olympia Youth Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, Debut Orchestra and was a student member of the Redlands Symphony Orc
hestra. I have also participated in Masterclasses for Irene Sharp, Cecilia Tsan, Bonnie Hampton, Johannes Moser, Tao Ni, Robert deMaine, and the Calder and Borromeo String Quartets.

Lessons take place in a beautiful craftsman house in the Historic Prospect Park district of Pasadena, though I'm also happy to travel to you.

Thank you for visiting my profile and please feel free to message me with any questions you may have.
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David August 8, 2017
· Cello · In studio
I'm very proud to be one of Lucy's student, she is very patient and really passionate about the cello. She is really kind and tries her best to explain certain things to help the way you learn. She is always in a positive mood and truly cares about how you are.
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Impressed Parents August 6, 2017
· Cello · In studio
As parents of a young cellist, we are very lucky to be working with Lucy.   Her love for everything cello shines through during each lesson.  She is very patient and at the same time encouraging.   We've watch our child stall from the last teacher and blossom under Lucy's direction.  And from there, grow into becoming a part of the city’s youth orchestra.

No two kids learn the same way.  Her instruction style doesn't seem to be a fixed rigorous standard set of steps.  She doesn't expect absolute perfection, but works closely with each student and brings out the best path for success.  We really believe her different experiences - her own education, performances and positive drive gives Lucy the key to bring out the successful cellist.
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Caitlin August 2, 2017
· Cello · In studio
I highly recommend cello lessons from Lucy! She is an incredibly talented musician and passionate teacher and I am grateful to have her leading the way to cello bliss!

I started lessons with Lucy about a year ago and I am pleased with the progress I have made. I came back to the cello after almost 15 years of letting it collect dust in the corner. Along with me, I brought enthusiasm for the instrument, but also brought multiple bad habits that needed to be corrected in order to take my abilities beyond my previous level. Thankfully Lucy is very skilled at providing constructive feedback and ensuring that the proper technique is being used at all times; I always know that she will tell me when I am doing something well... or if an area needs extra attention. Or a lot of attention. 😀
Another aspect that I enjoy about Lucy is that she makes lessons very enjoyable and productive at the same time. I look forward to my lesson every week and find myself enjoying playing more than ever thanks to Lucy! She is the best!

Here's to finally learning how to play Bach's Cello Suite like a pro!! 🙌
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Lucy C.

Pasadena, CA 91103
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