Charlotte Ullman

Charlotte U.

Red Hook, NY

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My priority is to keep in mind that each student has different needs and strengths. Students can expect that I will find ways of teaching that work for them, challenging them while showing them the beauty and fun of playing the cello. I hope for my students to come in with open minds, willing to be challenged and to put in the effort to reach their goals.

Effective teaching calls for a high level of creativity and flexibility. There is no exact formula, that works every time with every student, to teach any given skill. An effective teacher must observe thoughtfully and, often on the spot, come up with solutions that will work with that particular task, for that particular student. I bring a variety of different ideas for activities to my lessons, so that when confronting a difficult skill to learn, such as bow hold or producing a good tone, my student and I do not get stuck in a method book. This is not to knock method books, as they can be invaluable resources. But even if one method is widely used by famous educators and is believed to be fail-safe, for the one time this method does not work for a student, the teacher must be able to try something else. Perhaps most importantly, I make it a priority to include as much real music as possible from the start, so that the students experience musical playing early on. I hope that, in being a creative, inventive teacher, I will set up my students to be more creative themselves, and to love music from the very beginning.
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Charlotte delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 4+ and special needs

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Charlotte Ullman is a cellist and cello teacher in Red Hook, NY. She is currently pursuing an advanced certificate at the Bard College Conservatory, studying under Peter Wiley. Charlotte holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied with Anne Martindale Williams, and a Master’s degree in Cello Performance from Southern Methodist University, where she studied with Andrés Díaz . Her other influential teachers include Clive Greensmith, David Premo, Christopher Adkins, and Nicholas Anderson.

Charlotte is a versatile performer, involved in multiple genres, and active in the communities of both orchestral and chamber playing. She has appeared twice as an orchestral fellow at the Texas Music Festival. Other notable festivals she has performed at include the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and the Meadowmount School of Music.

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