Aaron Fried

Aaron F.

Kent, OH
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Have fun playing the cello! I emphasize beautiful tone and expressive playing. I am a patient teacher. Methodical yet flexible. All ages and levels!!
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Aaron teaches



Aaron delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2006

Hello! I am a pianist and cellist with many years of teaching experience and a Master's degree in music performance. I am patient and flexible, but also methodical. I am fascinated by the learning process, and I enjoy finding the most effective and enjoyable ways for each student to learn and practice.

My students have earned spots in orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music Prep Orchestra, the Harvard Summer School Orchestra, and Boston Arts Academy.

If you send me a message, please include the following information:

1) Why do you want to learn music?
2) What types of music do you listen to?
3) What experience/how many years do you have of playing music?
4) How old are you?
5) What are your goals with music?

I have worked with 4 year olds, up through adults of various ages. As well as being a classical musician, I improvise and teach many styles such as jazz, pop, and rock.

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Cello and Piano Instructor
Sep 2017 - Present
Old Trail School

Nov 2016 - Present
FiveOne Experimental Orchestra

Professional Ensemble specializing original compositions, improvisation and music by contemporary and modern composers.

Music faculty
Jan 2016 - Present
New Horizons Orchestra of Stark and Summit Counties

Adult orchestra program

Piano and Cello Teacher
Sep 2006 - Present

Jun 2017 - Jan 2018
The Cleveland Opera

Jul 2017 - Aug 2017
Porthouse Theatre

Principal Cellist
Jun 2017 - Jul 2017
Shenendoah Summer Music Theatre

Teaching Assistant
Aug 2015 - May 2017
Kent State University

TA to Keith Robinson of the Miami String Quartet, cello sectional leader for Kent State Orchestra

Music faculty
Nov 2015 - Aug 2016
Western Reserve Academy

Prep school

Music faculty
Feb 2013 - Aug 2015
Revolution of Hope

El Sistema-inspried strings program for ages 11-19

Performer and member of outreach team
Sep 2014 - Jun 2015
Boston Philharmonic

Private lesson instructor
Sep 2014 - May 2015
Bridge Boston Charter School String Program

Elementary school age

Chamber music coach, private lesson instructor, substitute orchestra director
Sep 2011 - Jun 2012
Boston Arts Academy

High school age


Master's in Music
Aug 2015 - May 2017
Kent State University
String Quartet Seminar
May 2016 - Jun 2016
The Juilliard School
Bachelor in Music
Sep 2008 - May 2012
Boston Conservatory


Suzuki teacher training units 1 and 2
Jul 2014
Suzuki Association of America

Eastern Michigan University 2013-2014


Concerto Competition - Runner Up
Nov 2016
Kent State University Orchestra
George Bornoff Music Educator Scholarship
Mar 2014
Foundation for Advancement of String Education


American String Teachers Association
Nov 2013

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.
Apr 2013

The Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc. is the not-for-profit organization officially licensed to support, guide, and promote Suzuki education in North, Central, and South America. The SAA was founded in 1972 and currently has about 8,000 members.

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12 Reviews

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Katherine Aug 17, 2018
Cello · In studio

Aaron spends quality time with our daughter and goes through material that is appropriate for her playing level. We are extremely pleased with his attention to her positioning and bowing. Great thanks to his teaching to help our daughter to work on skills!

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Katie Nov 1, 2017
Piano · In home

Aaron teaches piano to my 8 year old daughter, Abby. She is shy but loves piano and she very much looks forward to his visits! He customizes her lessons to her skill level and interests. No question he is a serious musician, but he is also laid back and funny which is perfect for young kids as it puts them at ease. Abby is thriving under Aaron's instruction, I'm so glad we found him!

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Bonnie Aug 5, 2017
Cello · Online

Nadine May 28, 2017
Cello · Online

We are very happy with Aaron's instruction. He is very patient and skilled.

Giulia L. Jan 25, 2017
Cello · Online

Aaron has a fresh and dynamic way to interact with my daughter. He is patient and, at the same time, precise and attentive to details, such an important aspect to build on basic skills. My daughter likes working with Aaron very much!

Erika L. Jan 8, 2017
Cello · Online

Reed W. Jan 5, 2017
Cello · Online

My son loves his lessons with Aaron!

Vivian May 10, 2016
Cello · In studio

More than just a Cello and Piano teacher, Aaron Fired is an inspiration for his students, teaching tolerance, imagination, and passion for music with his distinct style.

Michael A. Dec 1, 2015
Cello · Online

Very pleased. Looking forward to next lesson.

Stacey Oct 1, 2015
Cello · In home

Aaron is a talented instructor. He has worked with our son for more than 2 years teaching him cello and music theory. Aaron has the gift of being an outstanding musician, but also the gift of being able to impart that knowledge to others in a meaningful way, such that even young children and teens learn easily from his instruction. We have recommended Aaron to others and he is equally as good with adults. His manner is professional, he takes pride in the accomplishments of his students and is dedicated to the success of his students.

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Loren Sep 28, 2015
Piano · In home

Aaron is a talented, patient, supportive teacher. He brings a passion to his teaching that is most certainly channeled through his love of music. Highly recommend him!

Shirley W Sep 25, 2015
Cello · In studio

Aaron is a great cello teacher who creatively engages his students in learning. As a performer, he inspired me to play the cello. As an instructor, he plans lessons ahead, but is flexible according to the students' progress. I had two years of lessons with him and he taught me not only to play the cello, but how to work and practice effectively with others in the orchestra.

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