D. Chandrika Prem
Denver, CO
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D. Chandrika Prem

Chandrika P.

Denver, CO
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Chandrika teaches private string lessons to students ages 7 and up. She offers cello for beginner to advanced skill levels, and violin and viola for beginner to intermediate skill levels.

Chandrika customizes lesson plans for each student to ensure every lesson is a positive experience. Curriculum is taught using different method books, and styles of music tailored to the students interests and goals.

Lessons focus on good physical technique, practice techniques, and performance habits. As well as basic music theory skills that help with overall musicality.

About Chandrika P.

~I am offering video lessons during these unique times, this is done through zoom~

D. Chandrika Prem has been playing cello since 1990. She started playing cello at age nine and instantly fell in love with the instrument. Music has been a core part of her life ever since. She earned a Bachelors of Music in Cello Performance in May of 2016 from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She continues to study under Dr. Charles Lee, who has been principal cellist of the Boulder Philharmonic orchestra since 1998. She teaches private cello, violin, viola, piano, early music education, and music theory; with a successful studio of over 40 students; is the co-owner/business manager and cellist for the Mile High String quartet; plays with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, and contracts freelance projects in all genres of music and theater.

As much as playing the cello, she is called to share her love and knowledge of music with her students. Chandrika believes that music, especially the process of playing music, has the ability to change people’s lives. She believes that every person can benefit from learning to play an instrument; and that doing so will improve the quality of their everyday life. Chandrika's love of teaching is reflected in her enthusiasm and dedication toward her students. ​ ​

Chandrika’s past playing experience consists of solo performances, group and chamber performances, as well as several orchestras including the Front Rang Youth Symphony, Symphony in the Vail Valley, Centennial Philharmonic, and was principle cellist for the MSU Denver Symphony Orchestra. Her contract work includes private events and theater productions throughout the Denver Metro Area. She has also played cello and sang with many local bands in genres including blues, bluegrass, singer songwriter, experimental electronic, and indie rock.


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15 Reviews
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It was pure joy. It was the most upbeat feeling I’ve had in a long time.

Posted Feb 14, 2020
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Chandrika is so friendly, patient, and helpful. I’ve never felt so relaxed at a first class before. She really shows that she will let you pick your pace. I’m looking forward to many many more lessons with her.

Posted Jun 29, 2019
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Great first lesson. Has it down to a science.

Posted Jun 28, 2019
Sai C.
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Very patient!!

Posted Dec 12, 2017
Anne F.
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Chandrika is a wonderful instructor. She is very, very nice, well organized, on time, encouraging and knowledgeable. I am an older student, just one month from 68. I have had many music teachers and taught piano myself for 25 years. I am so glad I found Chandrika. I drive 1 1/2 hours one way to every lesson and am happy to do so. Having a teacher with Chandrika's qualities is terrific. I recommend her highly for any aspiring student.

Posted Nov 8, 2016
Anna S.
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Chandrika was absolutely amazing! She was extremely knowledgeable, and very helpful. These were entry level lessons for me and the cello, and she did a terrific job of introducing me to the instrument. She's very friendly and fun to learn with. I would highly recommend Chandrika to anyone wanting to learn the cello!

Posted Aug 17, 2016
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My first lesson went incredibly well! Chandrika was well-prepared, organized, and knowledgeable. She gave me great tips and assignments to practice at home before our next lesson. I would definitely recommend her.

Posted Apr 18, 2016
Dawn R.
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Chandrika is great and very inspiring! Blends music theory well with practice lessons. Definitely look forward to more lessons with her.

Posted Sep 4, 2015
Jade D.
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Chandrika is so nice and she really engages her students. She makes her lessons fun so her students look forward to them. She is also very understanding about schedule changes. I highly recommend her!

Posted Jun 18, 2015
Noelle H.
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Amazing energy, highly professional, and fun to work with!

Posted Mar 30, 2015
Ally H.
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Organized, attentive, kind, and patient. Went above and beyond what was expected! Everything you would hope a teacher to be :)

Posted Mar 16, 2015
Sherri K.
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Chandrika is a wonderful teacher! She's very encouraging and patient. My son really enjoys taking lessons with her.

Posted Oct 30, 2014
Anthony H.
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Going great. Very supportive. I really appreciate Chandi's guidance in all of my questions.

Posted Sep 9, 2014
Shannon V.
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Chandrika-very sweet, knowledgeable and works great with my son. My son thinks she's great

Posted Jul 29, 2014
Heidi E.
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Chandrika is a very skilled, fun and patient cello instructor. She knows how to adapt to each student's music goals.

Posted Jul 3, 2014

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Cellist and Business Owner/Manager
May 2014 - Present

Mile High String Quartet

The Mile High String Quartet is committed to providing quality music and competitive rates that are sure to make your event extraordinary!

Jan 2013 - Present

Music Studio

I have been playing cello for over 25 years and have taught private lessons as well as group string classes on and off throughout that time. Teaching Experience 2014 to Present: Music Studio, Owner and Private Instructor Cello, Violin, Viola, Piano, Early Music Education, and Music Theory 2007 to Present: Certified Yoga Instructor 1996 to 2014: Private Cello Instructor 1996 to 1998: Instructor, Beggining String Class, Eagle Valley High School

Freelance Cellist For Hire
Jan 2013 - Present



B.M. Music and Cello Performance
Jan 2012 - Present

Metropolitan State College of Denver

B.A. Social Action Through The Arts: Sociology of the Arts
Dec 2001 - Dec 2005

Metropolitan State College of Denver



Fluent / Native Proficiency


John Philip Sousa Music Award
May 1998

Eagle Valley High School


Pi Kappa Lambda
May 2016
An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.

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