Jessica Greenly
Los Angeles, CA
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Jessica Greenly

Jessica G.

Los Angeles, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Cello lessons in my studio, at your home, or on-line.

About Jessica G.

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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Adrian
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Jessica is efficien, helpful, and friendly.

Posted Oct 6, 2020
Steve
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Posted Sep 8, 2020
Rachael F.
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After just my first lesson, I can already say that Jessica is an excellent instructor. She is thorough and very kind in making corrections to ensure long term success and the proper foundation to build skills. As an adult, I am grateful to have a skilled instructor who knows technique very well and has a gentle and professional manner. She is open to questions outside of the lesson time, and provides very good feedback. I am looking forward to weekly lessons!

Posted Aug 11, 2020
Stephanie
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Posted Jun 17, 2020
Maggie
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Jessica is an amazing cellist and teacher. I’m an adult who started with her from the very very beginning...and am so thrilled with my progress over the past few years. She is very patient and makes learning the cello a lot of fun. Thank you 😊

Posted Jun 1, 2020
Christie
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Posted Apr 2, 2020
Anne C.
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Posted Mar 13, 2020
Rita E.
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We didn’t have a cello teacher in our small town so we decided to try taking online lessons. Jessica took my daughter through Suzuki books 1-6. She was very personable and very focused. She kept my daughter motivated and even allowed performance opportunities (Skyping into recitals). We have since moved to a bigger city and my daughter takes live lessons. Her new teacher (who has a doctorate in cello performance) was very impressed with my daughter’s technique. Thanks Jessica for giving my daughter a great musical foundation!

Posted Feb 8, 2020
Amanda
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Jessica is patient, clear and very skilled. I am starting from the very beginning and she has a way of guiding that is both encouraging and constructive. Highly recommend her for children and adults wanting to learn the cello.

Posted Nov 4, 2019
Audrey
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Jessica is very knowledgeable and friendly. My daughter enjoyed her lesson with her.

Posted Sep 13, 2019
Melanie W.
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Jessica has been working with my son for several years. She is an excellent teacher and a joy to work with. Jessica is always understanding and helpful with scheduling or technical issues. And she has helped my son expand his knowledge and appreciation for music, music theory, self discipline and perseverance. She regularly checks in with me to discuss next steps and areas of study. I consider Jessica a partner in my son's education and value the work she does.

Posted Sep 12, 2019
Kathy
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Jessica was very patient, explaining the names & parts of the cello, how to hold the bow properly, draw the bow across the strings, and encouraged my 1st sounds. Glad I decided to jump in and try to learn something new as an adult.

Posted Aug 23, 2019
Amanda
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Jessica is patient and clear in her instruction. After my first lesson, I am very much looking forward to learning from her.

Posted Aug 21, 2019
Brittany
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Posted Jul 2, 2019
Shayra L.
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So far so good! Excited to learn with Jessica

Posted Jun 21, 2019
Melissa
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good

Posted May 9, 2019
Cooper C.
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Jessica is a very good and kind instructor. Perfect for my 12-year-old who has a sensitive heart when being corrected by others. She is patient and takes the time to come up with creative solutions when something isn't working as it should. As a parent, I appreciate the detailed notes she sends me letting me what happened in the lesson and what she'd like done during practice time. She also provides links to additional instruction videos if she feels like her explanation isn't making sense. I feel like she really goes beyond and wants to help them learn, not just assign practice pieces. Thanks, Jessica! - so glad we found you!

Posted Apr 26, 2019
Stephanie D.
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Posted Apr 24, 2019
Anne C.
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Posted Apr 12, 2019
Gabi
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Jessica is forever patient with us and our techie issues. She is a great teacher as well, and has helped my 8th grader love playing her cello! She keeps things moving, while also paying attention to those little details that make all the difference in performance, like bow hold, fingerings, length of up bow and down bow, and many other little things. Thank you again, Jessica!

Posted Mar 7, 2019
Emilmari Faria
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Highly Recommended! Ms. Jessica help our son preparing for a high school cello audition. She was very knowledgeable and knew how to tackle my son's strength and weaknesses. She taught him skill he hadn't learn in his three years playing cello which help him succeed on his audition. She was very patient and responded to all our inquiries in a timely and professional manner.

Posted Mar 6, 2019
Kristyne T.
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We just had our first cello lesson with Jessica and it was wonderful! She was very patient with me getting the tech set up for the first time online, and then was very attentive to my daughter. She helped in so many detailed ways, and details make all the difference. Hand grip, finger placement, bow hold, many things, all to make a better sound. Even after 45 minutes of a lesson, my daughter had fun and wanted to continue playing after she got offline. Yay! Success! Thanks Jessica!

Posted Feb 7, 2019
William
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Jessica is great!

Posted Jan 17, 2019
Carolanne
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Posted Jan 4, 2019
Iris
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Jessica is definitely the best!

Posted Dec 20, 2018
Melissa
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great

Posted Oct 16, 2018
Melissa
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great

Posted Oct 9, 2018
Melissa
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great

Posted Oct 5, 2018
Yvonne W.
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I got this as a gift to my wife. She thoroughly enjoyed her lesson. She had an hour lesson, but was enjoying it so much, she did not realize an hour has passed. Thank you to Jessica for being such a great teacher.

Posted Jul 24, 2018
Mimi
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My 13 year old daughter said "She loved her" totally different as her Cello teacher in middle school, she said.

Posted Jul 14, 2018
Mike E.
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Excellent, patient instructor. She didn't let my bad habits go unchallenged, giving me kind and consistent correction. The seemingly small corrections to form reduced fatigue and improved my playing. She was always great at communication. The best part for me was she did not insist I as an older adult learner practice from an elementary book. She suggested interesting pieces and studies that challenged me without overwhelming. Highly recommend Jessica for all age levels.

Posted Jun 7, 2018
Amy
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👍🏼

Posted Jun 1, 2018
Dodie C.
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Posted Dec 14, 2017
Maggie
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Absolutely amazing, patient great teacher. I had no idea taking lessons over the internet could be so fun!

Posted Sep 29, 2017
Maggie
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Great, patient teacher. Can't wait for my next lesson!

Posted Aug 23, 2017
Sami W.
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My daughter (12 yo) really loves her lessons with Jessica. We're been impressed with her -- she makes the lessons fun and instructive. Thanks!

Posted Aug 11, 2017
Heather mahoney
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Already off to a good start!!

Posted Jul 25, 2017
Alayna
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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.

Posted Apr 18, 2017
David A.
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Great attitude, very experienced and patient.

Posted Mar 2, 2017
Bekah M.
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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! :)

Posted Jan 11, 2017
Karthik S.
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Great teacher, took time to make sure I was doing everything very well before I left my first lesson.

Posted Dec 26, 2016
Sarah S.
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She is patient and gracious :)

Posted Sep 8, 2016
Chloe P.
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Jessica got Chloe off to a good start. And, she's so excited to to learn more.

Posted Aug 4, 2016
Nicole
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Jessica is an amazing teacher. I thought it would be difficult to do music lessons online. But this is PERFECT!

Posted Jun 6, 2016
Cindy V.
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I can't believe how much I learned in my first lesson - her tips were great! Can't wait for more.

Posted May 27, 2016
Sabrina
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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!

Posted May 25, 2016
Mauricio D.
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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.

Posted May 12, 2016
lorella C.
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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.

Posted Mar 31, 2016
Patty K.
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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.

Posted Feb 25, 2015
Mike E.
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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.

Posted Dec 5, 2014
DeAnn D.
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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!

Posted Nov 25, 2014
Marcia Y.
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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.

Posted Nov 13, 2014
Lilyan A.
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Jessica is an excellent instructor! She really has patience with our 7 year old and makes things easy to understand.

Posted Nov 6, 2014
Raquel H.
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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.

Posted Oct 30, 2014
Tova S.
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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.

Posted Oct 21, 2014
Rafe E.
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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.

Posted Sep 26, 2014
Tomoe K.
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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.

Posted Sep 10, 2014
Aruna Y.
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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.

Posted Aug 25, 2014
Charles C.

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.

Posted Nov 18, 2013

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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.

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
Aug 2011 - May 2014

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 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
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