Genevieve Tabby

Genevieve T.

Forest Park, IL
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Having 10 years of experienced cello teaching, I feel very comfortable helping my students understand the foundations of cello technique. I graduated with a Bachelors of Music from the music conservatory Cleveland Institute of Music, and got my Masters in Music from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music.

In addition, I completed a 2 year rigorous Suzuki Technique Pedagogy Program where I am now certified to teach all 10 levels of the cello books. I am confident in explaining any questions a student may have. I love to make practicing a game, so that way we are developing the proper skills but also challenging ourselves while having fun! Even I can understand that practicing can get tiresome and dull at times!

As a traveling musician who has performed all over the world, I feel it is important for students to appreciate all types of music. While classical training and technique are absolutely crucial to the beginning stages of a student's development, I like to show the student how their skills can be integrated into other styles of music as they develop. I am in a string quartet, called ATLYS, where we play a variety of genres and styles of music from classical to traditional to folk to rock. All music is connected and I love how my students can see this connection and start to use their skills to be a part of that bigger picture.
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Genevieve delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3 to 70 and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a professional cellist, skilled in all solo, chamber, and orchestra settings. My playing has invited me into the top ranking music festivals in the world including Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and many others. These opportunities have led me to perform with the New York Philharmonic.

Growing up, I studied with a Philadelphia orchestra cellist who prepared me for conservatory auditions. After being accepted into all 7 universities and conservatories I applied to including the Juilliard School, I decided to go to the Cleveland Institute of Music where I got my Bachelors of Music in cello performance. I studied with the former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra, and also with one of the best Suzuki pedagogues in the country. I, then, got a Masters in Music in cello performance from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music. There, I studied with one of the most internationally renowned cello professors in the world who has shaped me into the musician I am today. In addition, I got my Suzuki Certification in all 10 levels of cello books after completing a 2 year year rigorous Suzuki pedagogy program.

In my second year at Northwestern, I won a fellowship, covering my full tuition and acceptance into The Civic Orchestra of Chicago. This is the apprentice orchestra under the Chicago Symphony. We worked with all the conductors that came in to play with the symphony. Yo Yo Ma, the most famous cellist of all time, is the creative consultant for the Civic Orchestra and we got to work with him 4 or 5 times a year.

I have traveled and performed with my string quartet ATLYS representing Lincoln Center in New York City. We have traveled around the world playing crossover music, where we play arrangements of pop, jazz, folk, traditional, rock, indie, alternative, rap, but always return to the forever-beautiful classical quartets, as well.

Because of this, I have learned to play extended techniques on the cello and learned different styles of playing, like Celtic gigs and reels and cool jazzy bass lines. I think this is a fun unique quality that I can add to a student's cello development when studying with me.

I arrange music for string quartet, too. I think it's important for my students to also learn some basic music theory as it can develop a student's understanding of music at a much deeper level. This can make a student appreciate how a piece is created and where a phrase needs tension or where it needs to be released. It's very important for their musicality.

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Signed Musician
Jan 2018 - Present
Brave Enough Artist Agency

signed with an agency that books concerts for college entertainment and chamber music arts societies

Cello Coach and Assitant
Jan 2018 - Present
PRYSM (Philadelphia Region Youth String Music) Youth Orchestra and PRYSM Young Artists

I coach and train students from ages 8-17 in string chamber music in Philadelphia.

Sep 2016 - Present

Cellist of the string quartet ATLYS. We play crossover music ranging from classical to pop to jazz to traditional to rock and more. We collaborate with other musicians and are very prominent on social media. We have a youtube channel, facebook, and instagram where we make high-end artistic music videos of our arrangements of current songs. Our goal is to bridge the gap between classical music and current and show to the world that these art forms are not that much different from each other.

With this, I am able to teach different styles of cello technique, from extended techniques and sounds on the instrument, like chopping ( percussive sounds on the cello) to Celtic reels and gigs.

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Private teacher
Jan 2009 - Present

Taught students from ages 6-college level

Musician/Guest Entertainer
Aug 2016 - Nov 2017
RWS Entertainment Group

Performed concerts and traveled the world representing Lincoln Center aboard the Holland America Cruise Line

Section Cellist
Sep 2014 - Jun 2016
Civic Orchestra of Chicago

Apprentice Orchestra under Chicago Symphony


Masters of Music in Cello Performance
Sep 2013 - Jun 2015
Northwestern University - Bienen School of Music
Bachelors of Music in Cello Perfomance
Sep 2009 - Jun 2013
Cleveland Institute of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Suzuki Trained Cello teacher in all 10 levels
Jun 2013
Suzuki Association of the Americas

Took a 2 year rigorous course to be certified in all 10 levels of the cello books


New York Philharmonic Zarin Mehta Fellow
Jan 2015
New York Philharmonic
Northwestern-Civic Fellowship
Sep 2014
Northwestern University - Bienen School of Music


Alliance for Women Film Composer
Jan 2018

Through advocacy, support and education, the Alliance for Women Film Composers aims to increase the visibility of women composers active in media scoring. The AFWC advocates for the inclusion of women composers within industry events; supports filmmakers, game developers and studios in their inclusion of women composers; and educates, mentors and inspires emerging women composers.

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Alexander Technique International
Jan 2014

Alexander Technique International (ATI) is a world-wide professional organization created to promote and advance the work begun by F. Matthias Alexander. Its members include teachers, students, and friends of the Alexander Technique. ATI embraces the diversity of the international Alexander Technique community and is working to promote international dialogue.

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Photos & Videos

S. Tsintsadze, Five Pieces on Folk Themes
An impromptu cello jam of a Celtic tune called Trip to Pakistan
ATLYS performing a cover of 7 Years by Lucas Graham with Fatai, finalist of The Voice - Australia
ATLYS performing a live cover of Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap
Orchestral Headshot

Northwestern Headshot

Teaching kids

Suzuki Book 1 Recital performing outside for family and friends

Discussion in rehearsal
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8 Reviews

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Emily S. Mar 16, 2019
Cello · In studio

Teacher is wonderful and very responsible! We're lucky to have her!

Talulah Feb 8, 2018
Cello · In studio

Genevieve taught me the most I’ve ever learned about the cello in a mere two months. Through her I was able to move through an entire Suzuki book while also learning every scale (including chromatic) without using open strings. The techniques she taught me helped further my music that I still use today. Before studying with her I was fourth stand in my high school’s orchestra. By the end of the Summer I was able to achieve first chair and all of the offered solos.

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John Jan 21, 2018
Cello · In studio

Ms. Tabby's the best! I highly recommend her to anyone who loves music and wants to learn how to play the cello. I studied with her for a few years in Chicago and she was the most patient, kind, and dedicated teacher I have ever had. I improved so quickly while taking lessons with her, AND I had fun while doing it. If you're looking for a great teacher with a kind heart and a brilliant mind, look no further!

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Erica Jan 21, 2018
Cello ·

Genevieve is a fantastic teacher! She is very kind, caring and really tends to the needs of every individual student to make them the best they can be! I would highly recommend her as a cello teacher. I learned so much and every lesson was an absolute blast!

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Sabrina Jan 18, 2018
Cello · In home

Genevieve is a thoughtful, experienced, skilled, and patient teacher. She herself comes from a legacy of some of the finest cello pedagogy and musicianship this world has to offer. It is a privilege to study with her!

Linsey Jan 17, 2018
Cello · In studio

My son had a very positive experience studying cello with Genevieve for two years before she moved to a new city for a job opportunity. We would have loved to continue studying with her! Genevieve was very positive and encouraging to my son and really helped him improve his bowing and fingering technique. She was always very patient but pushed just enough so that my son felt challenged and proud of the continual improvement in his playing. She also was very organized and always started and ended lessons on time. We highly recommend Genevieve as a cello teacher!

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Sophia Jan 17, 2018
Cello · Online

I met Genevieve after listening to her amazing group, ATLYS, preform with the Holland Americas Cruise Line. I approached her and told her what an inspiration she was to me and found how genuinely kind and willing to help she was. After our vacation, I was able to continue emailing her. She gave the best advice, preparing me for concerts, recommending music, and even helping me with technique from a thousand miles away! Genevieve truly made me feel comfortable and inspired me to pursue cello further.

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David Jan 16, 2018
Cello · In home

Genevieve is the best teacher. She is kind and extremely patient. She insists on careful and accurate playing. I have noticed tremendous progress in my playing since she has been my teacher. I recommend her to anyone.

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