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Jessica G.
Teaches Online
Capture the cello "voice" with lessons from cellist with performance degree & 10+ years of teaching
Getting a solid foundation in technique is imperative for anyone wanting to learn the cello, no matter if the desire is to play for fun or to eventually join an orchestra. That is why I make it my goal as a teacher to establish the correct ways to have: good tone, proper posture, flexible bow hold, loose vibrato, and pain-free playing. All of my students that have graduated to university-level teachers have reported back that the teacher was happy with their foundation and they were not required to "move back" steps in order to gain additional technique. I generally use the Suzuki and ABC books to get students started(which employ mainly classical pieces and folk songs), but I am always open to other genres that the student is interested in. If there is a specific piece a student would like to play, we'll go over what technique is required to get there and use alternate pieces and exercises to finally reach that goal.
About Jessica G.

I have 25 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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Jessica has given my niece five years of INCREDIBLE instruction in music theory and performance. She has been knowledgeable, patient and challenging throughout Rebekah's middle and high school career. I couldn't have asked for a better teacher for her!

Posted Jun 15, 2022
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I've had this teacher for almost three years now and she has helped me excel in my cello playing much faster than I would have with just a school education.

Posted Dec 31, 2021
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i've had 3 lessons with jessica and it has been great

Posted Dec 24, 2021
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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.
Cello Instructor
Aug 2013 - Jun 2020
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 - 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.
Study Abroad Program for Cello Performance
Aug 2004 - Jun 2005
University of Music, Trossingen
Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance
Aug 2000 - May 2006
Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB
English
Native Proficiency
German
Native Proficiency
Outstanding String Player
May 2006
California State University Long Beach Strings Department
Outstanding String Player
May 2004
California State University Long Beach Strings Department
Music Teachers' Association of California
Jul 2013
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Cello
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Teacher's Studio
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Cooper Avenue
Teaches Online
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$40
60 minutes
$50
90 minutes
$75
120 minutes
$95
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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