Claire Mehm
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Claire Mehm

Claire M.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach private cello lessons to all levels and ages. Online or at my place for 30, 45, or 60 minutes. Take a look through my bio and profile and let me know if you have any questions.

About Claire M.

​Claire received her Master’s of Music in cello performance from California State University Long Beach’s Cole Conservatory of Music where she was a student of Dr. David Garrett, cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has performed in the Los Angeles Cello Society concert series and as a participant in the California Chamber Music Institute. She has attended the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute and trained in Suzuki pedagogy with Rick Mooney and Tanya Carey.

Prior to her studies at CSULB, Claire attended the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music where she received her Bachelor’s of Music in cello performance. While at Hartt, she studied with Steven Thomas and Mihai Tetel.

She was a founding member of the Los Angeles based cello quartet, Love4Cello. She also served as co-executive director and cello teacher for the Pasadena Cello Institute. Currently, Claire is a member of the Dana Point and the Huntington Beach Symphony Orchestras. In addition to being the cello coach at Renaissance High School for the Arts in Long Beach, she is also a cello teaching artist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic through Youth Orchestra Los Angeles at the East Los Angeles Performing Arts Magnet. Since 2008, she has freelanced and taught privately around the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.


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15 Reviews
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Claire makes challenging pieces more helpful by giving fun ways to learn them. She is a great instructor!

Posted Jul 3, 2018
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Claire makes sure that she answers any questions that I have. She goes at my pace. She's a great teacher! She is so experienced and patient.

Posted Mar 6, 2018
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Taking lessons on line is sometimes challenging; for instance, the instructor is talking but sometimes her words become garbled, like watching television and the picture and sound fades in and out.

I thought the teacher wanted me to just memorize the one section (the tune); she wasn't clear the first time (the first lesson) on memorizing the tune for playing All of the exercises without looking at the music notes. So, yesterday's lesson wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be.

Posted Feb 27, 2018
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Claire went through the process with me of tuning each string: When and how to tune with the pegs and when and how to tune with the fine tuners until my cello sounded better. She taught me about holding the bow properly. She also taught me how to play the strings with the bow and how to use my wrist. Also, proper body position was stressed. How and where to place my left hand on the fingerboard. She gave me instructions on what to prepare for at next lesson using lesson book. All of this in 30 minutes. She is very patient!

Posted Jan 29, 2018
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I am an adult learning the cello for the first time, Claire made me feel welcome and relaxed. She had great advice on techniques and spoke in a way i could keep up and not feel rushed.

Posted Dec 29, 2017
Marley C.
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Just had my first lesson and it was super fun. She is super kind and it was a pleasant experience.

Posted Dec 4, 2017
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Claire was very thorough and very patient with me as a first time player of any string instrument.

Posted Jan 18, 2017
Miranda B.
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My daughter enjoys her online lessons with Claire.

Posted Dec 28, 2016
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Claire is a very good teacher. Highly recommended. The pacing of the lessons is both challenging and comfortable. I appreciate her demos and duets with me as these help me to practice listening and anticipate playing with others in the future. I've had six 45-minute lessons so far and I feel I've learned a lot and have improved significantly, but I'm also aware of the areas that need improvement. I look forward to continuing to take lessons with Claire.

Posted Jul 20, 2016
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Great 1st lesson! Definitely helped set me in the right direction. 😸👍

Posted Jan 25, 2016
Mina H.
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I was at first a bit skeptical about online lessons, but it was as if Claire was teaching me face to face! She is a gifted teacher. I would recommend her for any age range. And the difference in location and time zones helped me find a suitable time for lessons to fit my schedule.

Posted Oct 24, 2015
Deborah W.
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A very patient teacher for beginners. Very thorough with technique. Corrects issues that could become bad habits.

Posted Sep 9, 2015
Rebecca M.
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Claire is very patient, knowledgeable, encouraging and prompt. We would recommend her to anyone. Skype lessons are wonderful.

Posted Sep 4, 2015
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Posted Feb 11, 2018
Marley C.
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Posted Dec 4, 2017

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YOLA Cello Teaching Artist
Jan 2018 - Present

Los Angeles Philharmonic

I teach cello classes and private lessons for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's El Sistema program, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles.

Section Cellist
Sep 2016 - Present

Huntington Beach Symphony

Section Cellist
Jan 2012 - Present

Dana Point Symphony

Cello Coach
Sep 2009 - Present

Renaissance High School for the Arts

Private Cello Instructor
Aug 2008 - Present

Long Beach and Orange County

Jun 2011 - Jun 2017

Love4Cello Cello Quartet

A Los Angeles based cello quartet, playing in the classical, pop, and rock music genres, performing in the Southern California area.

Section Cellist
Sep 2013 - Aug 2015

Symphony Irvine

Cello Instructor
Sep 2012 - May 2014

Fullerton College


Master's in Music
Sep 2008 - May 2010

California State University Long Beach

Bachelor's of Music
Sep 2004 - May 2008

University of Hartford



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Cello Book 2
Jul 2016

Los Angeles Suzuki Institute

with Tanya Carey
Cello Book 1
Jul 2015

Los Angeles Suzuki Institute

with Rick Mooney


American String Teachers Association
Jul 2016
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.
Music Teachers' Association of California
May 2016
MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.
Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.
May 2015
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.
Phi Kappa Phi
May 2010
In 1897 at the University of Maine, ten senior students, two faculty members, and the school president created an honor society that was different from the few others then in existence-one that recognized and honored excellence in all academic disciplines. Under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann, the group formed the Lambda Sigma Eta Society, which was later renamed Phi Kappa Phi from the initial letters of the Greek words forming its adopted motto: Philosophìa Krateìto Photôn, "Let the love of learning rule humanity." Phi Kappa Phi's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

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