Jessica Greenly

Jessica G.

Pasadena, CA

About Jessica G.

Background check: Last verified 02/28/2017
Jessica passed a background check on 02/28/2017 that included the following:
  • National Criminal Record Check
  • County/State Criminal Record Check
  • Sex Offender Registry Search
  • SSN Trace & Verification
For more information, please click here.
Jessica teaches: Ages 7 and up
Teaching since: August 2006
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

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.

Photos and Videos

I am the cellist of the Porta Caeli Chamber Ensemble. Here we are playing the soundtrack to the film "Deserts."

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.

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.

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.

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 Spoken

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.

22 Reviews on Jessica G.

Write a Review
Silhouette-80
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.
Silhouette-80
David A. Mar 2, 2017
· Cello · Online
Great attitude, very experienced and patient.
Silhouette-80
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! :)
Silhouette-80
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.
Silhouette-80
Sarah S. Sep 8, 2016
· Cello · Online
She is patient and gracious :)
Silhouette-80
Chloe P. Aug 4, 2016
· Cello · Online
Jessica got Chloe off to a good start. And, she's so excited to to learn more.
Silhouette-80
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!
Silhouette-80
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.
Silhouette-80
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!
Silhouette-80
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.
Jessica Greenly
Jessica G.

Previously Viewed