Dwight Anderson

Dwight Anderson

Dallas, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Over twenty years experience performing and teaching students music on the cello. Former students have gone on to major in Music, Medicine, Law, Engineering and other professions

About Dwight Anderson

As a professional musician and cello teacher for over two decades it is a wonderful feeling to know that you helped to provide some moments of joy to your audience after a concert performance. By teaching the art of music to students of various ages and backgrounds a musician is able to make sure others will be able to enjoy the gift of music for many years to come.

Learning to play a cello, like any instrument not only develops the whole brain but also gives you tools and methods to accomplish a complicated tasks in many other disciplines. For example, much of my teaching is based on a building block technique as well as teaching students how to practice efficiently. Doing so it makes playing and working on the cello much more enjoyable. As some of my former students have gone on to become professional musicians themselves, others have gone on to pursue careers in law, medicine and engineering. I am constantly amazed of the number of former students who still keep playing through adulthood.

My knowledge as a school orchestra director and a professional cellist also helps me and my students when preparing for city, state and regional youth orchestra auditions as well as solo and ensemble competitions.


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8 Reviews
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Mr. Anderson has been a great influence on my life. As a cello teacher, Mr. Anderson has a wealth of knowledge ranging from the making of the cello to the history of composers to just random facts. Mr. Anderson has been my teacher from the 6th grade to my senior year. During those 6 years, he helped me grow into a great cello player that as a senior, I was able to play a solo with my school orchestra as a senior capstone. He, also, understood, that during this time, not only is his job to teach me cello but also to help and guide me into a better person. I have had many great and amazing teachers in high school and college and Mr. Anderson is among the best. I will never forget those 6 years and will fondly look back at these formative years.

Posted May 25, 2020
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Dwight Anderson was a fabulous cello teacher for my son from preschool through high school. He was, in fact, the best music teacher we ever had for either of my children - through all of their piano, violin and cello instruction. He was consistent and nurturing, able to push the boundaries of expectation, and able to inspire. Although he only taught my son, he influenced my daughter as well by encouraging them to both participate in the GDYO. He was masterful in choosing certain pieces of work that inspired my son to practice and to perform. Even though he certainly assigned scales and etudes, he always allowed him at least one piece of his choosing that gave him such a sense of accomplishment. For example, my son learned to play the prelude of the Bach suite in G even before he started the 1st grade. That is still his favorite piece! And, starting around 7th or 8th grade, he let his pick which "big work" they would tackle for the following year. We went through the Lalo cello concerto, Faure's Elegie, the Saint-Saens concerto, Popper's Hungarian Rhapsody, Dvorak's Rondo, and finally, "The Dvorak", for his senior project in high school. Even though my son didn't always learn all the movements of the concerto or learn it to perfection, Dwight's partnership with my son in picking these pieces gave him such a love of playing the cello! What a wonder and a gift!
In the years since high school, Dwight has kept up with my son, even though he chose a non-music career path and a life in the north east. We will be forever grateful for Dwight and the influence he has had on my son in particular, and, for his influence on the whole family for deepening our appreciation of beautiful music. Thank you, Dwight!

Posted May 18, 2020
Hwaying Chung
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Mr. Anderson was very patient with my son who was just starting on the cello. He made sure that my son had a strong foundation before learning harder pieces, and always came to the lessons with a bright smile.

Posted May 15, 2020
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I had the privilege of learning cello with Mr. Anderson throughout middle and high school. He is extremely patient and dedicated to each of his students. He helped me make all-state orchestra and record an audition CD for college. Most of all, he helped cultivate a love for classical music that exists to this day.

Posted May 15, 2020
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Mr. Anderson is a wonderful cellist and musician. He is a very dedicated teacher and brings the best out of his students. I recommend Mr. Anderson highly.

Posted May 13, 2020
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I took cello lessons from Mr. Anderson for eight years, and he was an absolutely fantastic instructor. I began playing cello because I watched him teach my brother and thought as a ten-year-old that it would be fun to take lessons with Mr. Anderson. He is a great communicator, super personable, provides suggestions and critique in a constructive manner, and is encouraging and supportive. He taught me all of the basics of cello playing and beyond, helping me work through all sorts of pieces, including etudes, solo pieces, all-region and all-state audition material, youth orchestra material (e.g., GDYO), etc. (and helped me succeed in all of these aspects). Would highly recommend taking lessons with Mr. Anderson—he is an absolute pleasure to learn from!

Posted May 11, 2020
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Mr. Anderson was my teacher from 5th grade to 12th grade. He is a wonderful instructor who cared about my growth and helped cultivate my talent as a cellist! I will always be thankful for his patience and encouragement as my school, family, and extracurricular events moved in my life. He is creative in merging my talents with pieces and camps where I could showcase my talents and be challenged. I am very glad that I had the chance to be one of Mr. Anderson's students, and I still keep in-touch with some of his other students to this day. I think that speaks to how Mr. Anderson creates a culture of caring, talent, and fun. All of which are critical to not only playing cello, but also in life. Highly recommend him as a cello teacher and a life mentor!

Posted May 8, 2020
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Mr. Anderson is very professional on all levels. This means that he understands where and how your musician is working. The players' dedication will determine how high they may rise. Mr. Anderson is considerate, knowledgeable, and above all mindful of the journey that your student is undertaking. He has coached and mentored some of the best students in the country.

Posted May 6, 2020

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Principal Cellist
Sep 2003 - Present

Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra

Mar 2002 - Present

Waco Symphony Orchestra

Sep 1997 - Present

East Texas Symphony Orchestra

Extra Cello
Sep 2002 - Dec 2015

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Principal Cellist
Sep 1999 - Oct 2004

Garland/Las Colinas Philharmonic

Principal Cellist
Jul 2003 - Aug 2003

Ashlawn Summer Opera Festival

Principal Cellist
Jun 2001 - Aug 2001

Utah Festival Opera

Assistant Principal Cellist
Sep 1983 - Sep 1991

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra

Jun 1985 - Sep 1986

South Florida Summer Music Festival

Summer Orchestra in Ft. Lauderdale. Included a 1986 tour from St. Thomas to Genoa, Italy.

Aug 1981 - May 1982

Orquesta Mexicana de la Juventud, Mexico City

Assistant Principal Cellist
Sep 1980 - May 1981

Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra


Graduate Studies in Music
Aug 1982 - May 1983

University of North Texas

Bachelor of Music
Sep 1977 - May 1981

New England Conservatory of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Texas Teaching Certificate
Aug 1991

Texas Education Agency

All Level Music
Louisiana Teaching Certificate
Jul 1991

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education of Louisiana

All Level Music
Bachelor of Music
May 1981

New England Conservatory of Music


American Federation of Teachers
Sep 2003
The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.
American Federation of Musicians
Jan 2000
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.
Texas Music Educators Association
Aug 1991
Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.

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