Caitlin Andrew

Caitlin A.

Salt Lake City, UT

About Caitlin A.

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Caitlin teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: February 2013
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I am a life-long musician and active performer that moved to Salt Lake City in the summer of 2015 from Chicago, IL. I've been playing music since age 5 and have variously studied piano, cello, and percussion. As a double major in Anthropology and Music at Lawrence University (Appleton, WI), I am drawn to music as a creative cultural phenomenon that resonates between all people and it is for this reason that I love to share, teach, and learn music with others. As I build a studio here in SLC I am excited to share my love of cello and piano and my commitment to making music fun as I work to build students into life-long musicians.

My primary instrument is the cello and I have performance experience as a soloist, as well as orchestral and chamber musician. Upon arriving in Chicago in 2010, I served as Principal Cellist with the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra for two years and took gigs as a classical and improvisational chamber musician throughout the city. In addition to my private studio, I was the primary cello instructor at Musical Chairs Studio, Inc. and Ortegan School of Music in Chicago.

I am also a percussionist and teacher with Salt Lake City's Samba Fogo, an afro-Brazilian music and cultural organization. I have studied Brazilian music with some of the major musicians and scholars in the field at California Brazil Camp in Cazadero, California. My training in percussion has brought an entirely new perspective to my musical practice that highlights rhythmic fluency and precision as a foundational element for both left and right hand stringed instrument technique.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am excited to offer lessons to people of all ages and ability levels and have experience teaching within and beyond the Suzuki Method approach.

Lessons are tailored to each student’s experience, individual needs, and most importantly, their goals! Lesson plans will combine interactive rhythmic, singing and listening exercises away from the instrument with music theory and technique-building exercises. The aim is to cultivate musicians with strong rhythmic, aural, and technical foundations and great problem solving skills that will open many doors as you or your child grow into your talent.

I aim to develop well-rounded musicians and performers by focusing on these 5 teaching priorities:
1. Balanced posture of body including instrument and bow hold
2. Balanced tone production or "tonalization"
3. A system of "perfect" or excellent intonation
4. Artistic musicianship in performance
5. Learning notes and bowings to new pieces

While learning notes and bowings is lowest on the priority list; it must be taught first! Fun listening games aid in the development of aural memory as I help students acquire listening skills that will stay with them for years to come and allow them learn to play any tune they can imagine. Once my students can do the note choosing on their own we are free to focus on the other teaching priorities during lesson time.

I also focus on teaching my students how to practice efficiently and use excellent problem solving skills! We want to get the MOST improvement with the LEAST amount of practice time. I like to combine practice at the instrument with games and exercises that can be done away from the instrument to give each student a degree of flexibility for those busy weeks when it's hard to find time to sit down and play. Students leave each lesson with a detailed practice plan that breaks down the difficult question of "what" and "how" to practice into a clear, concise checklist of familiar exercises. Students will also have suggested YouTube videos to watch some of the best musicians of all time and learn from their mastery of technique and musicality!

*** Additional Information***

I also have experience with extended and amplified cello techniques using loop and distortion pedals to layer and explore the variety and versatility of the cello.

*** Travel Equipment ***
2015 Subaru Forester that will get me to your lesson with all my instruments and any other equipment each and every time!

I travel to lessons with a music stand, metronome, and all teaching materials that would be present at a lesson taught in my home or studio.

Photos and Videos

Caitlin performing Unaccompanied Bach Suites.


Beginning Samba Drumming Instructor

Apr 2016 - Present
Samba Fogo

Instructor for beginning samba drumming workshops with Samba Fogo - a cross-listing with the University of Utah Continuing Education programming.

Music Instructor

Jan 2014 - Jun 2015
Ortegon School of Music

Primary cello instructor and instructor of Introduction to Music classes for children aged 4-6 years.

Cello Instructor

Sep 2013 - Jun 2015
Musical Chairs Studios, Inc.


B.M. Cello Performance & B.A. Anthropology

Sep 2005 - Jun 2010
Lawrence University


Suzuki Cello Unit 1

Jun 2016
Suzuki Association of America


Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Jun 2016

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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11 Reviews on Caitlin A.

Tara A Oct 5, 2016
Cello · In home
Caitlin is a committed teacher and life-long learner. Having experienced Caitlin's passion for music through her riveting performances and devoted teaching, I cannot recommend her more. She is a sensitive, communicative and passionate teacher and musician, and one of the best teachers you will find.

From first hand experience of observing her teaching, she masterfully matches the energy of her students. She is able to effectively direct and keep their focus, while fueling their enthusiasm through encouragement. She takes the time to tailor each lesson for each individual, helping them (for example) notate the melody of the Star Wars theme. She's a trained and experience pedagogue, and has attended Suzuki and other teacher trainings.

Caitlin's dedication to her own musical learning is impressive-- she attends and teaches workshops for percussion often, and is actively involved in the SLC music and arts community.
Anna C. Sep 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Caitlin is absolutely amazing!! My 6 year old is super excited to attend every lesson with her. She is the best instructor we've had. She knows how to encourage her students and help them fall in love with the instrument. We enjoy her friendliness and professionalism. Also she is great at working with special needs kids. Thanks Caitlin for all you do!! I highly recommend her.
Richard Jun 10, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Really expected better communication for a teacher no-show. My daughter liked you and practiced all week. She was so disappointed. The worst part was you didn't answer texts, phone calls, or message board on this app. I would normally assume that something happened and wait for explanation but I haven't heard a thing in 4 days and you appear to have logged into your takelessons account. Maybe you are avoiding the issue for some reason. Sorry, but we can't work this way. My best wishes for your future endeavors.
Megan J. May 25, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher, explained everything perfectly and got me really excited about starting my lessons.
Greg F. May 24, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Caitlin is fantastic! She is knowledgable, personalable and in tune with my 12 yr old son.
Wanying W. Apr 9, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
I took some in-home lessons. Caitlin is an excellent teacher! She always came up with effective ways to help me with my problem areas. I so agree with a review above--she made learning cello so approachable!
Magdalena B. Nov 15, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is a wonderful teacher. My daughter is always excited about the classes. She is very well organized and has a great lesson plan for young children. She is very patient and I highly recommend her.
Teresa Z. Oct 13, 2014
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Caitlin is an experienced, enthusiastic teacher. She is always ready with a variety of methods, exercises and suggestions that make learning cello fun and approachable. I give her an A+ and would recommend her for other adult learners.
Jacob G. Sep 7, 2014
Cello · In home
Verified Student
very nice, personable, and even stayed a bit longer to talk through questions/give advice
Erin S. Feb 13, 2014
Verified Student
Fabulous instructor

I signed up for in-home lessons with Caitlin. She came on time and prepared. You could tell she wasn't just winging it but that she put a lot of thought into her lesson plan. I learned a lot and felt very supported through all of my mistakes! I would highly recommend Caitlin for your cello lessons.
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