Jessica Greenly

Jessica G.

Pasadena, CA
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Jessica delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 7+

Teaching since:
August 2006

I have 20 years of playing experience along with a Bachelor's degree in Cello Performance. I was the section leader of my university's orchestra as well as a full-scholarship member of the university quartet. As a professional gigging musician, I have played with Il Divo, Mario Winans, La Jolla Symphony, Doctor's Symphony, Porta Caeli Chamber Players, and the quartet La Dolce.

I am a member of MTAC (Music Teacher's Association of California) and can sign my students up for Certificate of Merit. This is a music study program with an annual evaluation and written assessment. Stand-out students will be invited to play at the Branch Recital.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons differ slightly depending on the student. In general, it starts with scales for intonation or working on vibrato, moves on to an etude or exercise, and culminates with work on a piece of music. But not every student works well with this method, so I will add in some musical worksheets and ear training games for those that require lessons with more variety.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can come to your home to teach. I will bring all necessary method books and teaching materials.

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Experience

Cello Instructor
Aug 2013 - Present
Hobart Shakespeareans

Hobart Middle School is located in a poor section of Los Angeles. A wonderful teacher by the name of Rafe Esquith has made it his mission in life to give the students lucky enough to be in his classroom an education filled with music, art, and fun. These students put on a full-length Shakespearean play at the end of each school year complete with music and choreography. I am the cello teacher for interested students. I started with 2 students the first year and it has expanded up to 5 this year with more hopefully to come.

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Cello Coach
Aug 2011 - Present
Jefferson Middle School

I am the cello coach for this middle school orchestra. At the beginning of the year, I demonstrate the cello to orchestra students so that they realize there is another instrument to play besides the violin. Then we take a few days for all the students who are interested to try out the cello with me as their guide. If they are interested, then the rest of the year I am the coach that comes in once a week to help the newer students get a handle on the orchestra pieces, since most cannot afford a private instructor.

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Cello Instructor
Aug 2006 - Present
The Green Cello Studio

As a private cello instructor, my job is to teach new or continuing cellists how to play and how to improve on the cello. I look for ways to make learning interesting by including music the student wants to play, even if that means arranging a popular piece myself so that it is more accessible for the student's level.

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Cello Coach
Sep 2000 - Jun 2004
Polytechnic High School

I was the cello coach for the string, symphony, and chamber orchestras. I was responsible for helping the cellists prepare the more difficult spots in the orchestral pieces.

Education

Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance
Aug 2000 - May 2006
Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
German
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Outstanding String Player
May 2006
California State University Long Beach Strings Department
Outstanding String Player
May 2004
California State University Long Beach Strings Department

Affiliations

Music Teachers' Association of California
Jul 2013

MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.

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Photos & Videos

I am the cellist of the Porta Caeli Chamber Ensemble.  Here we are playing the soundtrack to the film "Deserts."
This is a solo originally for Oboe from the movie "The Mission."
This is a solo cello version of Ave Maria.

24 Reviews

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Sami W. Aug 11, 2017
Cello · Online

My daughter (12 yo) really loves her lessons with Jessica. We're been impressed with her -- she makes the lessons fun and instructive. Thanks!

Heather mahoney Jul 25, 2017
Cello · Online

Already off to a good start!!

Alayna Apr 18, 2017
Cello · Online

Jessica is an awesome teacher for my 8th grader. She has an excellent lesson plan which she has catered to my daughters skill level. Jessica is flexible in helping her learn school assigned music pieces and has given her the one on one attention and tips that she was lacking with school orchestra. The online classes have been easy and convenient. I'm so glad we signed up.

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David A. Mar 2, 2017
Cello · Online

Great attitude, very experienced and patient.

Bekah M. Jan 11, 2017
Cello · Online

This is Bekah's auntie...I am usually working on my computer in the other room when Bekah is taking online lessons. Lessons are well organized, and expectations clear. Bekah totally LOVES Jessica as her cello teacher. I played cello in my school orchestras from 4th grade through high school. I truly appreciate hearing Jessica work with Bekah. She musically encourages and challenges. We are very pleased! :)

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Karthik S. Dec 26, 2016
Cello · In studio

Great teacher, took time to make sure I was doing everything very well before I left my first lesson.

Sarah S. Sep 8, 2016
Cello · Online

She is patient and gracious :)

Chloe P. Aug 4, 2016
Cello · Online

Jessica got Chloe off to a good start. And, she's so excited to to learn more.

Nicole Jun 6, 2016
Cello · Online

Jessica is an amazing teacher. I thought it would be difficult to do music lessons online. But this is PERFECT!

Cindy V. May 27, 2016
Cello · Online

I can't believe how much I learned in my first lesson - her tips were great! Can't wait for more.

Sabrina May 25, 2016
Cello · Online

I am an adult beginner, who was a bit intimidated by online lessons, but had no other options locally. I'm so glad that I found Jessica! She is both patient, and supportive; she is highly adept at finding what works for the individual, and personalizes instruction based on what you need to improve. She is also very accommodating, and understanding when there are scheduling changes. I look forward to my lessons every week; they are so much fun!

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Mauricio D. May 12, 2016
Cello · Online

My daughter was looking for a cello teacher but we could not find anyone local that would fit her schedule. After reading several reviews we decided to try Jessica Greenly, even though I wasn't entirely sure if the online lesson model would work for someone who had never played the cello before. I was happily surprised after the first couple of lessons to see how Jessica was patient and engaging. My daughter has made great progress with Jessica and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a great cello teacher. I should also mention that Jessica has been also very accommodating and willing to work with us to manage eventual changes in schedule when we needed it. Thank you so much Jessica.

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lorella C. Mar 31, 2016
Cello · Online

Jessica is a fantastic teacher and very accommodating. From the first lesson I noticed a significant improvement in my teen daughter's playing. We happened to be in her area when we were looking to purchase a better quality cello and she met us at the store to help advise our decision.

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Patty K. Feb 25, 2015
Cello · Online

My 11-year-old daughter has had lessons with Jessica for about three months and has learned so much from Jessica. Prior to these online lessons, our daughter started learning cello with a local teacher for about 3-4 months. The teacher stopped giving lessons unexpectedly and we couldn't find a replacement so decided to go online. Doing music lessons online with someone you haven't met in person can seem daunting, but Jessica has figured out how to come across over Skype as fully present, engaged, positive and encouraging. We almost feel as if she's there in person. She can pick up on many things by asking the right questions and follows through with proper advice and recommendations for improvement. At one point, our daughter had concerns with wrist pain and Jessica fully took it upon herself to look into the matter. Jessica is very timely and flexible. At times we've had to adjust the schedule and she was quite accommodating. She also had to work with our daughter's solo performance at school and amazingly in less than 2 months prepared her for the piece. We highly recommend.

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Mike E. Dec 5, 2014
Cello · Online

After only two sessions I am so glad to have found Jessica. She is patient, observant, helpful and so encouraging. I was unsure how online cello lessons would work but this is the ideal format for me. Jessica is able to observe form and offer gentle suggestions how as well as instruction on sound. I wish I was able to take the lessons in person with Jessica because there are a couple limitations to Skype (such as a slight lag and inability to have seamless dialogue or duets) but Jessica obviously knows how to deal with these technical problems. I highly recommend Jessica and am sure that with her help even an old, slow returning cellist will soon be enjoying playing complex music. Finally, Jessica has been very flexible with my crazy schedule lately. An awesome person and great instructor.

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DeAnn D. Nov 25, 2014
Cello · In studio

I took up the cello in my late 20's and am finally back taking lessons after a few years, so I had developed a lot of bad playing habits. Jessica really helped to deconstruct my technique and is helping me rebuild a stronger foundation on which to perform. She is also dependable regarding emailing and texting when needed. I would definitely recommend her!

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Marcia Y. Nov 13, 2014
Cello · In home

My 9-year-old son has been taking cello lessons with Jessica for about 4 weeks and it has been a great experience. Jessica is very professional and competent teacher, always being on time, communicating in a very fun and engaging way, and assigning homework very clearly. Andrew very much enjoys the classes and, as a result, he is even more motivated to play the cello. I would highly recommend Jessica.

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Lilyan A. Nov 6, 2014
Cello · Online

Jessica is an excellent instructor! She really has patience with our 7 year old and makes things easy to understand.

Raquel H. Oct 30, 2014
Cello · Online

It's been so fun taking lessons from Jessica. She is interested in finding out the student's learning method and tailors the lessons accordingly. I'm on week 3 and I'm enjoying myself so much! I was a little nervous about taking lessons through Skype, but she's been able to teach me almost seamlessly, of course there's some difficulties because she can't get a 360 view of how I'm playing, but that's something we can accommodate to.

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Tova S. Oct 21, 2014
Cello · In home

Jessica is wonderful! I began studying the cello as a quite older student - in my 50s - and have had a few teachers over these last 15 years. When teaching an adult student, the teacher has to understand that our lives, schedules and demands are quite different that those of a young person. Jessica's patience, persistence and genuine good humor in the face of my busy life is beyond admirable. Even though I am quite challenged in finding practice time, she "puts up" with me and my showing up to lessons with minimal preparation. I've accepted that I'm never going to be the great cellist of my dreams, but Jessica is facilitating my learning to enjoy playing this wonderful instrument that I've had a deep love affair with for many years. I can't thank her enough.

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Rafe E. Sep 26, 2014
Cello · In home

I am the director of the Hobart Shakespeareans at Hobart Middle School in Los Angeles and hired Jessica as the cello instructor for my students. Jessica is a real pro. She is on time, organized, and a terrific communicator of ideas. My students love working with her.

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Tomoe K. Sep 10, 2014
Cello · In home

My son has been taking weekly cello lessens from Jessica over a year now and he really likes her. She is very talented, nice and patience. She will write down what he learned and needs to practice on a notebook every time. She is always on time and good at responding right away if I need to communicate with her. There are many qualified teachers around but it is hard to find one that has the quality I mentioned.

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Aruna Y. Aug 25, 2014
Cello · In home

Professional and Experienced Cello Teacher!!

Jessica has been teaching cello classes for my 8th grade daughter who wanted to learn cello during summer and join school Orchestra team in good level. Jessica has been very professional, patient and always on time. She adjusts her teaching depending on the kids pace of learning. My daughter was able to pick up all the basics which she missed during one school year in eight weeks. She always checks home work and encourages kids to complete their homework. Her way of teaching certainly helped my daughter not only gain good knowledge but interest in learning more.

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Charles C. Nov 18, 2013
Cello ·

Wonderful cello teacher!

Ms. Greenly is absolutely a wonderful cello instructer. She is experienced, encouraging,and patient. She knows exactly what my son needs to work on. I really like how she encouges nicely to work on detailes in phrases, pitches, etc..her friendly and patient approaching always works! Thank to Ms. Greenly, my son has made it to the top chamber orchestra in middle school this fall. It is not easy to find a great teacher but we feel we are the lucky ones.

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