Amy Anwar
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Amy Anwar

Amy A.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Whether you're looking for a traditional Suzuki method experience or just want to fiddle around, we can work together to make playing cello a great experience for you. In person or over Skype. Young and young at heart welcome.

About Amy A.

Dr. Amy A. is an online private cello teacher in NYC. She completed her Doctorate in Cello Performance at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory and her Master's in Cello Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

When she started cello lessons, her parents drove her two hours every week to the nearest cello teacher, so she appreciates the convenience of being able to connect with students online! Whether it's because you have a packed schedule and online lessons are more convenient, or you just don't have access to a cello teacher in your area, she enjoys connecting with students all over the country, of all ages, and all playing levels.

Her teaching philosophy is simple: make consistent small steps! Maybe you haven't played your cello since high school and want to pick back up where you left off. Maybe you've always wanted to play cello but never got around to it. Maybe you've been playing for years and your high school orchestra isn't as challenging as you wish it was.

Are you preparing for an audition? As a former member of a professional orchestra, she has been in your shoes before. She's also seasoned at preparing students for recitals and competitions. Her local students have received top scores at NYSSMA!

Are you just looking for a new hobby and to have some fun? No pressure. We can find songs that keep you interested and engaged at an easier pace.

She will help you reach your goals with compassion and expertise.

Note: By signing up for lessons with Dr. Amy A., you agree to follow Takelessons' 24-hour cancellation and rescheduling policy.


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39 Reviews
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We adore, Miss Amy! She is incredibly competent and even more incredibly loving! She teaches with nothing but positive energy. It's easier to find errors and note them. I can't even attempt to work at finding all the good in some of our lesson time that Amy can find! She finds those tiny "correct" and "right" things and that leaves our two sons energized and feeling confident about what they are able to accomplish - even when the difficulty of the song has discouraged them. Amy always finds a way of putting in a section that makes them shine.

This is our fourth year with online lessons from Miss Amy. I mention this all the time but we have had our sons complimented and one mentor in our local symphony even asked told our son that his playing has improved with his online lessons.

We can never ask for a better teacher. Miss Amy is hands down one of our family's most favorite people in the entire world.

Thank you, Miss Amy for being so positive, for being incredibly forgiving, loving, interested and letting our boys learn at their pace. You have been instrumental in their ability to feel proud of the work they are able to do in music.

If you are worried that you may not find a good fit for online lessons please give Miss Amy a try! She is able to get so much learning across the distance that it makes us feel she is sitting in the room next to us!

Posted Jun 14, 2021
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I went in hoping to relearn the basics of cello. I have a lot of experience, but my fundamentals, primarily, how I held my bow and cello, were extremely poor. Cello tutors that I've had in the past have struggled with the awkward place that would put my cello skills if you thought of progressing skill as being in a linear fashion, but she's been great. She's did a really good job at tailoring her lessons to my specific skillset and abilities. Would recommend.

Posted May 18, 2021
Becki DeVries
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While Amy was a nice teacher - and this helped my daughter during Covid - as schools were closed - she was absolutely unwilling to cancel a lesson when my daughter was in the ER. I was only able to give a few hours notice because the accident happened that morning. I completely understand cancellation policies, however there's a double standard when the teacher can cancel minutes before with no explanation, but the student who is in the ER can't. This happened literally back to back weeks. I found the whole experience just unkind - and we don't need that energy in our lives. We will find a teacher who has more compassion.

Posted Apr 28, 2021
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She is patient with my daughter, while still ensuring that she is learning new things.

Posted Feb 10, 2021
Clay Buie
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Amy is such an awesome instructor! She is patient, caring, and kind in her teaching method, and every lesson is a pleasant and instructive experience. I am so glad that I chose to pursue learning the cello, and only wish that I had started sooner.

Posted Feb 4, 2021
Laurie K.
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Amy is great at working with intermediate students. She listens well and really helps with areas that need improvement with great attention to detail.

Posted Jan 6, 2021
Reegan D.
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Reegan (13) loved her first lesson with Amy and is looking forward to learning more with new material! She had an excellent experience.

Posted Sep 1, 2020
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Amy was cheerful, yet efficient. In just half an hour, she taught my daughter the parts of the cello, how to properly position the instrument and her fingers, and plucking techniques. It was impressive that all of this was done remotely on a screen. Her pre- and post-lesson communication was also top notch. My daughter is very excited to keep learning from Amy!

Posted Aug 25, 2020
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Amy is a fantastic teacher with a clear and concise way of laying out lessons. I've played piano for nearly three decades, but have no base in cello, and she uses that common language to help me understand this new instrument. As a musician, teacher, and student I'm very impressed and pleased with her instruction!

Posted Jul 10, 2020
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Lessons with Amy have been wonderful. She provides great instruction and clear thorough simple feedback to questions. The pace she has used to add things has really fit well with me and my practice schedule. I have enjoyed the time very much.

Posted Jul 5, 2020
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Amy is the best extracurricular teacher my kids have ever had...and I have 5 kids. She is very kind and supportive. She looks for the good and praises it. She is organized, punctual and methodical. She helps my child stay on task to make excellent use of their time together. She gives good demonstrations of proper technique. My child is learning well and sticking with it. I would recommend her to anyone and brag about Amy often.

Posted Jun 24, 2020
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Amy is an excellent cellist who is kind and caring. I am a former a High School teacher returning to the cello after a long hiatus. I have been working under Amy’s tutelage for 4 years. The nervousness and apprehension I had at first immediately disappeared at our first meeting. Amy is easy to talk to. She provides a safe and welcoming environment where learning can take place. She is available for questions other than during lessons. She has answered numerous questions for me anytime I contact her. Amy is very good at assessing my needs and skill level and with her knowledge provides appropriate exercises and hints to aid in my development as a cellist. I have become a more confident and a greatly improved cellist during my time with Amy. Amy presently teaches all ages and skill levels. I recommend her highly.

Posted Jun 24, 2020
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Amy is a wonderful cello teacher - patient and encouraging. My son’s skills have progressed a great deal over the past year of lessons with her.

Posted Jun 24, 2020
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I have nothing but good things to say about Amy! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed our lessons together so far and look forward to learning more with her in every lesson!

Posted Mar 18, 2020
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This is our family's third year of online lessons with Miss Amy and we feel incredibly blessed to have her as our teacher! We adore her teaching and the unique way she has of getting our two boys (now 15 and 13) to think about their music and what it takes to make beautiful music! She is so amazing! She is incredibly loving and has patients to rival Job! For anyone who feels online lessons can't work please know that we are proof that love is the greatest teacher and with love anyone can be successful!

We love you so much, Miss Amy! Thank you for being truly wonderful! Our entire family feels blessed and changed for the better because of you!

Posted Mar 16, 2020
Johanna W.
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Amy is a great teacher. She made the cello seem exciting and approachable. Not so scary. :) I’m looking forward to my next lesson and many more! Thank you, Amy!

Posted Mar 2, 2020
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We have had two lessons for my daughter who has been playing cello for 5 years. Amy is encouraging and gives her plenty of feedback to help her improve her playing.

Posted Jan 18, 2020
Ellie M.
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Wonderful first lesson! Amy was kind and welcoming.

Posted Aug 20, 2019
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We just finished our 25th months with Miss Amy as our teacher and are still so very happy to have her! She is the BEST teacher we know! Miss Amy is extremely skilled and very qualified. But the best part of having Miss Amy as a teacher is her endless patience and her sweet ability to get the very best from her students - and it all seems so effortless. We have always taken lessons on line with Miss Amy and even though we wondered at first if we could make it work it has been just perfect! Miss Amy has THE best way of helping our learners get out of lessons what they need and still keep working toward playing better a fun experience. She seems to know when a song may have become a labor rather than a love and just works around those perfectly. Miss Amy, we love you so much. You have truly changed our family. Our sons are complimented on their ability all the time and we get asked tons who our teacher is. We are always proud to tell any one who asks that Miss Amy in New York is our teacher! Thank you, Miss Amy!

Posted Jul 5, 2019
Henry W.
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A great teacher! Excited for our next lesson.

Posted May 14, 2019
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Amy is a great teacher—she provides clear instructions and goes at my son’s pace. She follows the suzuki method and keeps lessons fun.

Posted Apr 29, 2019
Stella K.
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Very nice experience on our first cello lesson. Amy was spot on with some technique improvement proposals.

Posted Feb 12, 2019
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she’s very attentive to my needs and realizes every student requires a unique blend of teaching methods

Posted Feb 11, 2019
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We love Amy!! She's been encouraging, cool, calm and collected since the first day. It's hard to get my teenager interested in anything these days and he greatly looks forward to lessons with Amy.

Posted Jan 31, 2019
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My son just finished his first lesson with Amy. I was so impressed with her demeanor, she was wonderful with my beginning student. Very encouraging and quickly gets down to business asking important questions about his knowledge and understanding. She seems very confident in teaching from a distance. I am impressed with her ability to pick up on subtle ques. My son completed his lesson feeling encouraged, with some tasks to focus on for the week, and excited to learn more. We look forward our lesson number two!

Posted Sep 18, 2018
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Amy is very clear in her instruction and what she expects from her students. She is also nice and has been really fun for my daughter to have as a teacher. She is flexible, but has a very clear cancellation policy that is fair to her and to us. We definitely recommend her!

Posted Sep 11, 2018
Antoinette A.
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Amy was very friendly and gave very clear instruction. I'm really glad I found her and I look forward to more lessons with her!

Posted Aug 24, 2018
Joyce S.
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Great first lesson!

Posted Aug 22, 2018
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Amy has a great way about her which gives the student confidence. She’s fun, easy going and very talented. I would recommend her to anyone looking to study the Cello.

Posted Jul 9, 2018
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This month marks a wonderful and incredibly amazing twelve months of online lessons with Miss Amy. We are surprised every lessons and every month at the progress made and what a beautiful ability she is able to bring out in our children. Miss Amy is an extremely beautiful musician and an incredibly beautiful person. She is so loving and so able to get everything good from a student. Our family is very grateful we found Miss Amy. She is the angel we were praying for!

Posted Jun 2, 2018
Lynda M.
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Excellent with beginner.

Posted May 30, 2018
michael W.
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Excellent and very motivational.

Posted Mar 11, 2018
Devee J.
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Excellent online teacher. Her communication skills are superb and her ability to break down the steps for playing the cello are very easy to comprehend and then apply. She is organized and responded very quickly to my pre-lesson questions. Great online lesson experience.

Posted Nov 5, 2017
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Our child has taken cello lessons but has not learned to "shift" or even what the word means. Amy's first lesson provided exact instructions, repeated until the knowledge was easy to bring back. Our child is extremely happy with what was taught and commented, "I really want to practice my music now that I can tell if I'm doing it right." Thank you, Amy! You are an amazing teacher! Patient, kind but funny as well! Thank you for always taking the encouraging route. Your positive energy is very catchy!

Posted Sep 13, 2017
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Fantastic teacher! Amy is able to say all the right words and break down the hard tasks into detailed but easy to follow instructions! Amazing teacher who leaves our child feeling confident and excited to try the new work.

Posted Sep 13, 2017
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Amy is a tremendously patient and wonderful teacher who engages her students in finding solutions. What an excellent quality as a teacher - it ensures the student is actively thinking of the problem and concentrates more on the solution (even if the technique is hard to master). She presents the material and works over it again and again to be sure the student is set for the weeks success. Amy also has the finest teaching quality in finding the good in the students work even when pointing out all the areas for improvement would be the easy route. Pointing out the good qualities makes these qualities much strong and gives a sense of pride to the student for their hours of work.

Posted Jun 28, 2017
Lindsey M.
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Easy to talk to and good with working with my child.

Posted Aug 30, 2016
Sandy M.
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Amy is very personable and friendly. She does a great job working with my teenaged daughter, and she has been incredibly patient. I definitely recommend her!

Posted Aug 5, 2015
Grace M.
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My daughter enjoyed her lesson with Amy. She was so understanding and helped my daughter regain confidence in her cello playing even though she had not played in 2 years.

Posted Jul 10, 2015

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DMA in Cello Performance
Aug 2013 - May 2018

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Master's of Music in Cello Performance
Aug 2011 - May 2013

Cleveland Institute of Music


Suzuki Certified Cello Teacher
May 2013

Cleveland Institute of Music

Studied Suzuki Cello Pedagogy Book 1- Book 6


American String Teachers Association
Mar 2020
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.
Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.
May 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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