Christien Beeuwkes

Christien B.

Waltham, MA

About Christien B.

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Christien teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: March 2008
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Overview

Hi! I recently earned a degree in Early Music Voice from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and have studied voice with private teachers intermittently over the past two decades. I would like to aid those students who are interested in learning about music from medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.

I also have a Master's in Cello Performance, and can teach cello at the beginner to upper intermediate level! My experience in teaching is with modern (standard) cello, but I can also teach the basics of baroque cello (with gut strings and a baroque bow). Gut strings can be finicky, but their sound is warm and expressive. If you are interested to know more, just drop me a note! Another instrument I can teach is the Viola da Gamba, a very interesting early 6- or 7-string instrument with gut strings. (That's the instrument I'm holding in my profile picture!) This instrument is a bit like a cello crossed with a guitar. It's played with a bow, but the neck has frets. Playing the "gamba" (or "viol") can be a gymnastics workout for the left hand, but once you get the hang of it, you can play beautiful chords. This is the instrument that is featured in the French film "Tous les matins du monde".

Aside from music, I have taught English as a Foreign and Second Language (in Bulgaria with Peace Corps, in New Mexico with Berlitz, at the U. of New Mexico). I would be very pleased to help students of any age with reading, listening comprehension, and writing!

Education

Graduate Performance Diploma in Early Music (Voice)
Sep 2012 - May 2015
Longy School of Music of Bard College

Languages Spoken

Bulgarian
Professional Proficiency

7 Reviews on Christien B.

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Collins Jun 26, 2017
· Cello · In studio Collins had his first cello lesson with Christien today. He love it! Christien is super patient and very very professional. She corrected Collins' posture and the way to hold the bow. Christine gave very clear instruction, and made the lesson lot of fun.
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Itai Sep 1, 2016
· Cello · In home Christien is a wonderful teacher! She is patient, caring, interesting and generally great with kids. It was pleasure to have her as our 8 y/o daughter's first cello teacher.
Thank you!
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Josie Jun 28, 2016
· Cello · In home Christien is a fantastic instructor!
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Sofia Apr 7, 2016
· Cello · In studio She is excellent, my daughter loves her lessons. I have noticed a lot of improvement. Highly recommended.
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Sofia Apr 7, 2016
· Cello · In studio She is excellent, my daughter loves her lessons. I have noticed a lot of improvement. Highly recommended.
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Jackie Nov 23, 2015
· Cello · In home Christien has been amazing! We absolutely made the right choice with TakeLessons and Christien!
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Anna Aug 23, 2015
· Cello · In home The lesson with Christien was terrific! She had a great rapport with my 6 year old, and she was patient. She also focused on key things my daughter should work on with her technique at this point, and she also offered lots of ideas.
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