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