John Rasmussen

John R.

Irvine, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced cello students for the last 15 years. My studio is located in the Orchard Hills neighborhood of north Irvine

My lesson format encourages quick learning of concepts that include physical movements of cello playing, music theory, history, and general musicianship.

The length of the lesson is dependent on the level of repertoire. Beginners take 30 min. lessons while more advanced students need 45 min. or 60 min. lessons.

Each lesson is recorded so the student has a reference of what the music sounds like. It speeds up the learning time because the student knows what to do and what not to do. Watching the video is like having a lesson everyday between live lessons.
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John delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2001

I have had a studio since 2001. I teach all ages and levels of students. I'm very good with beginners. I am very patient and encouraging with my students. I am able to quickly diagnose problems and recommend a solution so the student can progress.

I am a member of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).


Principal Cellist
Feb 2013 - Present
Symphony Irvine

Principal cello for Symphony Irvine.

Private Studio Teacher
Jan 2001 - Present
John R.'s Cello Studio

I have been teaching cello lessons privately since 2001.

Cello Coach
Sep 2013 - Dec 2013
Orchard Hills Middle School

Helped middle schoolers with their orchestra music

Activity Director; Resident Advisor
Jul 2003 - Jul 2007
California Summer Music

California Summer Music is a 3 week intensive chamber music camp in Northern California, I planned daily activities and excursions for young musicians aged 11-25. Supervised students to use their practice time wisely. Also, was the videographer for concerts and master classes.

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Classroom Pre-school Music Teacher
Jan 2005 - Jun 2007
The Music School

I taught music to preshool children using music recordings, movement, various instruments and crafts meant to reinforce the days lesson.

Teacher's Apprentice
Jan 2001 - Jun 2007
Irene Sharp Cello Studio

Learned the art of cello teaching from a Master. Helped students tune their instruments. Observed lessons and offered helpful suggestions. Taught students while the teacher was out of town on a monthly basis.


Minor, Music; Bachelor of Science, Business Administration
Aug 1992 - Jun 1997
Chapman University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


National Association for Music Education
Jul 2014

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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Music Teachers National Association
Jul 2014

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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American String Teachers Association
Jan 2004

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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Photos & Videos

My nephew- my youngest student

Photo by John R.

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4 Reviews

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Finn Z. Oct 28, 2015
Cello · In studio

John is laid-back and comfortable with my son, quickly assessing where to start with him. We were given clear homework and are excited to see where this journey with the cello takes us!

Julie O. Sep 28, 2015
Cello · In home

Having a positive experience with John teaching our son cello. He works well with children, patient, understanding while setting expectations for the student to reach.

Shweta Y. Oct 21, 2014
Cello · In home

John is very patient, organized and structured. He has definite lesson plans. It makes it easier for my child to understand his instrument and learn it. I am very happy to have found him for my son. ----Thank you John!

Kaymarie K. Aug 13, 2014
Cello · In studio

Mr John is a naturally gifted musician & teacher. Our young son has made amazing progress in less than 1 year. We would highly recommend him for cello instruction. He has a masterful understanding & knowledge of music and is able to convey this in a professional & easy to understand manner. We are grateful to have such a exceptional teacher for our son.

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