Johanna Wright-Vines

Johanna W.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Music is an important part of our lives, and thus I am not a one-style type teacher. I work with everyone at their current level and develop lessons for them based upon their desires. I believe that teaching the classics is just as important to teaching current music and inspiring each of my students to reach beyond their current comfort zone. I stress developing good practice habits and fundamentals, as these make any style of playing more enjoyable.
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Johanna delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 10+

Teaching since:
October 2011

Teaching in Aberdeen, Maryland: Please contact me for availability
Teaching in South Florida: Monday through Saturday

Johanna, has also performed in venues throughout the United States, China, and just recently returned from Austria. She has played with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop, North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra (Principal Cellist), and other orchestras in South Florida, Indiana and North Carolina. In North Carolina, she performed the world-premier of North Carolina is My Home, composed and narrated by Charles Kuralt. She also works with local composers in South Florida where she has performed and recorded new compositions. Johanna obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music from East Carolina University, and a Master of Music from Florida International University. She studied cello with Fred Katz, Daniel Levitov, Claudio Jaffé, and Jason Calloway, and she has performed in master classes with Jonathan Carney and Christopher Rex.

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Oct 2011 - Present
BizSynk LLC

Orchestral Cellist
Jul 2015 - Sep 2015
AIMS - Graz

Orchestral Cellist
Sep 2012 - May 2015
Hallandale Beach Pops Orchestra

Orchestral Cellist
Dec 2013 - Jan 2014
Indiana South Shore Orchestra

Orchestra Manager/Librarian
Aug 2012 - Jun 2013
Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra

Orchestral Cellist
Aug 2012 - May 2013
Coral Springs Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra Cellist
Aug 2011 - May 2013
Sunrise Pops Symphonic Orchestra

Orchestral Cellist
Aug 2011 - May 2013
Century Village East Symphonic Orchestra

Orchestral Cellist
Aug 2010 - May 2013
Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra


Masters in Music - Cello Performance
Aug 2013 - Jun 2015
Florida International University
Masters in Science - Accounting
Aug 2001 - May 2003
East Carolina University
Bachleor of Science - Accounting
Aug 1998 - Dec 1999
Mount Olive College
Bachleor of Arts - Music
Aug 1986 - Dec 1990
East Carolina University
Bachleor of Arts - Mathematics
Aug 1986 - Dec 1990
East Carolina University


Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Toastmasters International
Jun 2012

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.

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18 Reviews

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Emma Dec 6, 2017
Cello · In studio

Great lesson! I have so much to learn, and am looking forward to making progress. Johanna was friendly and knowledgeable, and I came away with some useful exercises and a new piece to learn. Looking forward to next week!

Luciano T. Dec 5, 2017
Cello · In home

I just finished my first lesson and found Johanna to be a very good teacher.

Linda H. Sep 23, 2017
Cello · In studio

Johanna clearly explains proper technique and gives practice exercises to address specific problem areas she notices. She also customizes song choices to suit my musical taste so I get more pleasure out of my practice. As an adult student, I enjoy learning from her.

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Robert Jul 24, 2017
Cello · In studio

I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Johanna. She has been encouraging, thoughtful and very informative as I began this exciting introduction to the cello. As a mature student with some musical training, she adjusted the pace of my lessons to leverage what I knew and focused on strong fundamentals to help me gain confidence on the instrument. She has pushed me to achieve my learning goals in a very short time. I look forward to each lesson to learn as much as I can under her skillful, steady guidance and support.

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Damian L. Apr 26, 2017
Cello · In home

Very patient and enthusiasti, always on time . My son is very happy and learning a lot!😀

Diana Gordon Jan 7, 2017
Cello · In home

First lesson was great. Johanna made me feel comfortable and confident in my ability to learn. Looking forward to next week.

Octavia Dec 14, 2016
Cello · In home

Johanna is very patient and inspiring. She is a dedicated teacher!

Kevin Apr 29, 2016
Cello · In home

We had a great dialogue before the first lesson so we could hit the ground running. She is passionate about music so it was a very engaging lesson. Highly recommend!

Aviva B Mar 14, 2016
Cello · In studio

A very conscious teacher!

Carl Z. Mar 10, 2016
Cello · In studio

Great teacher. So glad to be learning from Johanna.

David W Thomas Jan 12, 2016
Cello · In studio

just what I needed. very helpful no pressure, extremely comfortable. Looking forward to next week

Chance A. Jan 9, 2016
Cello · In home

I'm Chance's mom. I see him really smile during and right after his lessons! Johanna has skill not only as a cellist and instructor, but also a caring teacher. She really gets the best out of him. Thank you Johanna!

Debbi C Sep 22, 2015
Cello ·

I have had the pleasure of watching Johanna grow as a musician and a gifted music instructor over the past several years. Johanna is very passionate about her music. She possesses a natural talent for music and is academically accomplished. I have seen her excel at improvisation and a more methodical approach to musical performance. Her love for the cello is evident in her enthusiastic and energetic teaching techniques. She is exceedingly patient with all, encourages everyone, and coaxes the very best effort from each and every person she works with. Ideals she passes on to her current and future students.

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Curt Sep 21, 2015
Cello · Online

Johanna is passionate about music and teaching music. She easily communicates her enthusiasm for music to her students not just to beginners but to more experienced musicians looking to learn an additional instrument. She has an awesome attitude all around.

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Peter F. Sep 18, 2015
Cello ·

Johanna Wright-Vines has been a member of the Cello section of the Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra for several years and she has distinguished herself in many ways.

As a musician she is musical , alert, conscientious, always well prepared and eager to perform. She loves music and it is a pleasure to work with her.

As a person she is cooperative, resourceful and always has a ready smile and a pleasant demeanor.

I have confidence that whatever projects she undertakes in the future
she will show the same talent, dedication and thoroughness I’ve witnessed in her work in the Orchestra.

I wish her much luck and recommend her highly.

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Clark M Sep 18, 2015
Cello ·

A fantastic cellist with a thirst for continually pushing her own musical knowledge and limits.

Johanna has been a great contributor to many orchestras I have conducted. She continuously seeks to further her knowledge to help make the music come to live and freely shares this knowledge with others around her. She continuously strives to find a perfect balance between technical acuity and musical phrasing/interpretation in her playing. I cannot overemphasize the benefit of her skill in this area, as it results in very technically competent musicians, who are also expressive!

She is friendly, encourages other struggling musicians. She always shows up to rehearsals/concerts early, with a smiling, can do demeanor, and a willingness to help wherever there might be a need.

She is professional and personable, she is always my first recommendation to parents and students looking for 'the right' music teacher.

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H. Bolivar Sep 9, 2015

I have known Johanna for a few years and experienced working with her and for her. A very good and loyal friend indeed she is.
She is very dedicated, committed to her work. Honesty and clarity in her advise are a signature.
Once goals are set for any activity or project, she relentlessly works towards them, and no respite stands in the way.
That is a trademark always I look for in a professional!

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Dee Sep 1, 2015
Cello · In studio

Johanna is a consummate professional and an excellent, patient teacher. As a new musician, finding the right fit in a teacher was very important to me and she made the lessons extremely useful and fun. My abilities as a musician have grown immensely and I have her to thank. I would highly recommend Johanna to musicians of all ages.

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