Amanda Shafer

Amanda S.

Sacramento, CA

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

Teaching since:
August 2014

Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. First off, I'd like to talk about my travel radius. If you you would like to know if your location is within my travel radius, I only need your zipcode to estimate your location. So please don't hesitate to ask! Now for formalities. My name is Amanda S. and I have been playing the cello for 14 years and the violin for 3 years. I have been teaching private cello lessons for 4 years, and music classes with my violin for almost one year now. I love students who ask questions and are engaged and eager to learn. You can ask me anything about music during our lessons and if I don't have an answer for you in that moment, I will find an answer for you before our next lesson should you chose to continue them. In my studio, my students and I work very hard every lesson. Effort is strongly encouraged and rewarded. Every student's age and abilities are taken into account and with my experience, I know how hard to push and when to relax. So don't worry, it's not cello/violin boot camp! If you have any further questions about what you can expect, please ask!

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Music Teaching Assistant
Sep 2017 - Present
String Project

After a two year break due to schedule conflicts, I returned to the String Project more prepared to teach after completing more music education courses. Now, my responsibilites include preparing young violinists and cellists for concerts using the Suzuki Methods books, excerpts chosen by the master teachers I teach under, as well as technical things such as scales. I also part-arrange when it is necessary. After completing almost four years of college, I feel I am more prepared to teach these children than in my first year, thanks to the curriculum and the faculty that I have worked with.

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Daycare Provider
Sep 2016 - Jan 2018

I was responsible for caring for children which required first aid, changning diapers, preapring meals, creating activities, and monitoring large motor activites such as jump rope or playing on the playground.

Music Teaching Assistant
Sep 2014 - May 2015
CSUS String Projecy

I worked with the String Project my freshman year of college. My responsibilities were preparing students for a concert where they would perform for their friends and family songs and tunes from the first book of Suzuki Methods. In the classroom setting, the teaching assistants were only teaching violin and cello.

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Bachelor's of Music in Cello Performance
Aug 2014 - Present
California State University of Sacramento
Bachelor's of Music in Music Education
Aug 2014 - Present
California State University of Sacramento
High School
Aug 2010 - Jun 2014
Mt. Whitney High School


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Here I am playing the prelude to Bach's first cello Suite. It's by far one of my favorite pieces to play.

This photo was taken before a small ensemble performance at CSU Sacramento's School of Music.


5 Reviews

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L.W. Apr 14, 2018
Cello · In home

Ms. Shafer is a wonderful instructor. She understands how to work with children. Allowing them to be silly and giggly for a bit and then gentle redirecting them to focus on the music and instruction. She also meets them at their level and is very engaging. My child enjoys learning from her.

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R.M. Apr 6, 2018
Cello · In home

Hello. I am a thirteen year old girl who attends middle school. I have been taking cello lessons from Ms. Shafer for five and one-half months. Her instruction has helped me to gain helpful study habits that help me practice to become a better cellist. With her way of teaching, songs that I have previously thought impossible to play become possible.

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Renato Apr 3, 2018
Cello · In home

Amanda is a fantastic cello instructor. Despite her hectic schedule, she's very involved and obviously caring of her students. Shes very helpful and understanding of each of her students' situation.
Interesting enough, we've had 2 of the same private lessond instructors and yet she still provides me with new techniques and helpful suggestions.

10/10 would reccomend.

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Kathy Apr 3, 2018
Cello · In home

My daughter really loves her lessons with Ms Shafer! She is patient and kind, engaging and gives her just the right amount of struggle and challenge. She gives plenty of encouragement and she cares greatly for her students.

Homeschool Mom Mar 30, 2018
Cello · In studio

Amanda is a fantastic cello teacher! She is incredibly patient and knowledgeable - She finds music to match her students’ level and works with the skills the student already has to help them develop a stonger technique. My daughter has really enjoyed her lessons with Amanda!

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