Helen Newby

Helen N.

Brooklyn, NY
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Helen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
September 2014

My teaching philosophy is largely centered around the importance of individuality. The “one size fits all” approach is hardly ever adequate--every student has different needs, strengths, and challenges. While I certainly place emphasis on technical work and mastery, I also want all students to feel comfortable in expressing their individual voice and interests. I believe that it is incredibly important to encourage students to explore a number of creative avenues within music. Therefore, I am very open to having students explore music outside the classical canon in addition to experimenting with improvisation and composition. An additional component of my teaching style is finding unique and interesting ways to keep students motivated and teaching them how to effectively practice and learn on their own.

One of the greatest things about teaching is the incredible amount of variety it offers. No two students will ever be the same, meaning I will never teach two students in an identical fashion. The challenge of uniquely tailoring my teaching to the needs and interests of individual students is one that I absolutely love.

My studio is a positive, encouraging, and sensitive environment, where I believe every person can begin or continue a life-long journey with music. Please contact me about my private teaching studio in Brooklyn. I welcome students of all levels and ages.

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Music instructor: cello, orchestra & chamber music
Jan 2016 - Jul 2018
The Crowden School

Taught private cello & group classes, coached chamber music, and conducted orchestra.

Coach/section leader
Apr 2015 - Jun 2018
Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra

Lead cello sectionals for student orchestra

Music instructor
Aug 2016 - Jun 2017
Bay Area Music Project

Taught group cello classes and led the orchestra

Private instructor
Sep 2015 - Jan 2017
Northern California Music & Art Culture Center

Private cello lessons

Chamber music coach
Aug 2015 - Aug 2016
Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Summer Camp

Coached chamber music ensembles, led masterclasses, gave individual instruction

Private instructor
May 2015 - May 2016
Amabile School of Music

Private cello lessons

Jun 2012 - Jul 2013
Oberlin Summer Composition Workshop

Lead workshops on composing for the cello and other string instruments; provide feedback on student compositions; perform student compositions


Master of Music, Cello Performance
Sep 2013 - Present
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music, Cello Performance
Sep 2009 - May 2013
Oberlin College


Susan and Ford Schumann Scholarship
Jun 2014
Aspen Music Festival
Merit scholar
Aug 2013
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Oberlin Conservatory Initiative Grant
Dec 2012
Oberlin College
Merit scholar
Sep 2009
Oberlin Conservatory

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Shaniya Oct 26, 2015
Cello · In home

Helen is an engaging and inspiring teacher. I recommend her highly!

Ellie R. Jul 8, 2015
Cello · In home

My 10 year old daughter isr excited to have Helen as a cello teacher. Helen is positive and fun and makes playing cello seem really hip and cool.

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