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Brenda L.
Cape May, New Jersey
I'm a highly trained cello teacher with a doctorate and 35+ years of teaching experience.
I have over 35 years of experience teaching cello. Every student has different needs; I work with you at whatever point you are at; beginners through advanced students welcome. I have a doctorate in cello. I recommend lessons 30 minutes in duration for beginners, particularly children; adult beginners can choose 30 or 45 minutes. Students who can play longer pieces definitely need a little longer lesson so we get through everything. (Please note that I do not take children under 10 years of age; there are other teachers who are better teaching younger kids.) I use Suzuki books for their inexpensive repertoire but I do not teach using the Suzuki method nor do I teach rote playing. I supplement these books with technique materials from Rick Mooney (Position Pieces, Thumb Position) and studies by cellist-composers of the past. If you have an interest in another area of playing, let's talk and find pieces that interest you.
About Brenda L.

I love teaching cello! I’ve spent over 30 years of my life doing it and at this point, I think I’m quite good at what I do. :) I have a reputation for students with solid technique who have learned how to solve problems and play in tune, in rhythm, with good sound and musical understanding. Let me help you do so! While a few of my students have gone on to study music with the goal of being professional musicians, most of my students are hobby-players. They're expanding their enjoyment of music by gaining a better understanding of it by hands-on work. They're enjoying the timeless pleasure of making music themselves rather than listening to someone else do it. My students are adults, pre-teens, and teenagers. They come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are entirely new to music study, others have played instruments besides cello, and some have been playing cello for awhile and were ready for a new teacher. My teaching style is flexible: we work on whatever your playing needs to succeed. I have a doctorate in cello from the University of South Carolina. I also have a master's degree in cello and a bachelor's in music history. In the past, I've taught cello at Clemson University, North Greenville University, Anderson University, and the University of South Carolina, as well as for 30+ years in my private studio Please note that I teach students age 10 and up.

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Teaches all skill levels

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Teaching since 1986

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DMA Cello Performance

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Teaches ages 10+

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Speaks English, German

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Brenda L.
Cape May, New Jersey
I'm a highly trained cello teacher with a doctorate and 35+ years of teaching experience.
I have over 35 years of experience teaching cello. Every student has different needs; I work with you at whatever point you are at; beginners through advanced students welcome. I have a doctorate in cello. I recommend lessons 30 minutes in duration for beginners, particularly children; adult beginners can choose 30 or 45 minutes. Students who can play longer pieces definitely need a little longer lesson so we get through everything. (Please note that I do not take children under 10 years of age; there are other teachers who are better teaching younger kids.) I use Suzuki books for their inexpensive repertoire but I do not teach using the Suzuki method nor do I teach rote playing. I supplement these books with technique materials from Rick Mooney (Position Pieces, Thumb Position) and studies by cellist-composers of the past. If you have an interest in another area of playing, let's talk and find pieces that interest you.
About Brenda L.

I love teaching cello! I’ve spent over 30 years of my life doing it and at this point, I think I’m quite good at what I do. :) I have a reputation for students with solid technique who have learned how to solve problems and play in tune, in rhythm, with good sound and musical understanding. Let me help you do so! While a few of my students have gone on to study music with the goal of being professional musicians, most of my students are hobby-players. They're expanding their enjoyment of music by gaining a better understanding of it by hands-on work. They're enjoying the timeless pleasure of making music themselves rather than listening to someone else do it. My students are adults, pre-teens, and teenagers. They come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are entirely new to music study, others have played instruments besides cello, and some have been playing cello for awhile and were ready for a new teacher. My teaching style is flexible: we work on whatever your playing needs to succeed. I have a doctorate in cello from the University of South Carolina. I also have a master's degree in cello and a bachelor's in music history. In the past, I've taught cello at Clemson University, North Greenville University, Anderson University, and the University of South Carolina, as well as for 30+ years in my private studio Please note that I teach students age 10 and up.

Levels taught

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since

Teaching since 1986

Education

DMA Cello Performance

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 10+

Speaks

Speaks English, German

Speaks

Has background check

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Brenda is by far the best and most compassionate teacher I have had in my years of playing the cello. I had stopped playing when I was 17 and began again when I was 66. Brenda gave me the courage to begin playing again. She is very patient. I am now playing duets with friends and having fun! I give her all the stars in the sky! Thanks Brenda for your faith in me.

Posted Jun 12, 2022
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Great teacher! Pays attention to detail and makes the lesson fun! Highly recommend!

Posted Feb 10, 2022
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English is not my first language, however the communication is never a problem. She’s very kind and patient. I have learnt the cello with her for over a year and a half now and I can hear that I am making progress in musical interpretation, techniques and the intonation. She’s such an awesome teacher, highly recommended!

Posted Aug 30, 2021
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Section cello
Apr 2019 - Present
Bay Atlantic Symphony
Private Studio Teacher
Apr 1986 - Present
(self-employed)
I've been playing since I was 8 years old and teaching since I was 16. I'm a much better teacher than I was 30+ years ago, but I know I've connected with every student in some way and all of them have improved at the cello!
DMA Cello Performance
Aug 2004 - Jul 2012
University of South Carolina
MM Cello Performance and Pedagogy
Jan 1992 - Aug 1993
Northern Illinois University
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency
American String Teachers Association
Jan 1994
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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