Angela Craton

Angela C.

Long Beach, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experienced teacher of 30 years available for eager beginning students of all ages. I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of classical skills. I specialize in classical music and typically use the Bastian theory.
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Angela delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
January 1986


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.


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 travel 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.


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.


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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Orchestra Teacher
Aug 1992 - Jun 1999
Indianola High School

I was the orchestra teacher for the Indianola Schools District in Indianola, Iowa, for 8 years. I taught grades 5-12 orchestra.


Master's in School Counseling
Jun 1997 - May 1999
Drake University
Aug 1985 - May 1989
Drake University
Aug 1985 - May 1989
Drake University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


May 1989
Drake University

I have undergraduate and graduate degrees from Drake University. I graduated in 1989 with a bachelors in music education and taught in the public school for 20 years.


Young Artist Competition Winner
May 1989
Drake University

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Congratulations Mona on your first recital. Great job!!!

Congratulations McKenna on your first recital! Great job!!!


8 Reviews

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Livia May 11, 2018
Cello · In studio

My son had his first lesson with Angela and already she is helping him along. She is very easy going and positive. Her studio room is positively too cool as well!

Esther Jun 14, 2017
Cello · In home

First lesson left me with a very good impression. Can't wait to go back.

Adriene Nov 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!

Jenny L. Sep 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.

Jeanne M. Oct 28, 2014
Cello · In studio

Angela is a wonderful music teacher. I love her! She is very knowledgeable and patient, and always makes me believe I can do it. I would recommend her to anyone young or older. I am an adult beginner on the cello and I am enjoying learning very much.

Marni E. Jul 16, 2014
Piano · In studio

Ms. Angela is an amazing teacher!! There are not enough words to describe how much we LOVE her!! She is THE BEST!

Miriam C. Nov 28, 2012
Cello ·

Adult Beginner

She is a great teacher. Relaxing environment and pushes me to be the best I can for my level. I love that she is flexible. I do equestrian show jumping and ride 5 days a week and teach 3 days a week and work full time and sometimes the shows may not work for my lesson schedule but she always works with me. holds annual recitals for studio and Christmas. I think anyone any age who wants to learn and can make it to her will love her and enjoy her....She also lets me play with my Black Cello =)

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MelissaA1 Dec 4, 2011


I was very nervous about starting to play the viola again. I needed an instructor who was going to be friendly, patient, and knowledgeable. Angela is all of these things and after the first lesson I was hooked! Highly recommend her to anyone and any age group!

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