Emily Smith

Emily S.

Durham, NC

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I work with each individual student to help them become both the best musician and the most well-rounded person they can be. While we will work on technical skills like note reading, playing in tune, and practicing good rhythm, we will also develop skills like good listening, cooperation, and critical thinking, which can be applied to all aspects of a student's life.
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Emily teaches



Emily delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Emily Austin S. began playing the cello at age 8 and has enjoyed a life full of performing and teaching music ever since. She has earned bachelors degrees in Cello Performance and English Literature from the Peabody Conservatory and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and recently graduated with her Masters degree in Cello Performance and Pedagogy. While living in Baltimore, Emily taught at the Carroll County String Project, the Baltimore Symphony OrchKids program, the Bridges Orchestra Program, and Baltimore School for the Arts, and performed with the Peabody Symphony, Peabody Camerata, Occasional Symphony, Classical Revolution, and many other chamber music groups. She now plays with the Durham Symphony and the Duke New Music Ensemble and teaches students of all ages in the Triangle.

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Cello Substitute
Dec 2015 - Present
North Carolina Symphony

Section Cello
Oct 2015 - Present
Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra

Section Cello
Sep 2015 - Present
Durham Symphony Orchestra

Cello Instructor
Jun 2015 - Present
High Strung School of Music

Strings Program Intern
Sep 2014 - May 2015
Baltimore School for the Arts

Cello Instructor
Sep 2013 - May 2015
Carroll County String Project

Assistant Cello Instructor
Sep 2012 - May 2013
Bridges Orchestra Program


Master of Music in Cello Performance & Pedagogy
Aug 2013 - May 2015
Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University
Bachelor of Arts in English
Aug 2008 - May 2013
Johns Hopkins University
Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance
Aug 2008 - May 2013
Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University


Limited Proficiency

4 Reviews

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Alex Jan 11, 2017
Cello · In home

Very easy to talk to, knows her stuff, clear instruction, patient, and responsive. Great teacher!

Lauren Jun 28, 2016
Cello · In home

Gives great and useful feedback. Wonderful teaching techniques!

Holly Oct 27, 2015
Cello · In studio

Emily is amazing! Helpful, funny and kind. I'm enjoying playing with her.

Emerson K. Oct 15, 2015
Cello · In home

Great experience.

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