Laura Cricco-Lizza

Laura C.

New York, NY

About Laura C.

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Laura teaches: Ages 3 and up
Teaching since: September 2007
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*** About Me ***
I am a classically trained cellist in NYC. I have a master's degree in cello performance from a top NYC conservatory. In addition to performing music, I love to teach cello lessons to aspiring musicians of all ages! My musical aspirations stem from an undying love of music and my wish to share this with others. I am friendly, cheerful, energetic, and very patient, which creates an easy atmosphere for students to tackle the challenges of mastering the cello.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching pulls from the Suzuki method and the great cello pedagogue Irene Sharp. I emphasize ear-training and a physically relaxed and technically accurate approach to cello playing so that students are free to create music without limitations or physical discomfort.
Though playing an instrument takes hard work, it should be a fun and enjoyable experience too! We will work together to ensure that you or your child are learning pieces that interest you and inspire you to reach the next level. By the end of each lesson you will know what to work on for the week and exactly how to practice in order to achieve the most effective results.

Students will learn the fundamentals of music theory and history while focusing on improving their technical facility on the cello. Students also work towards building their comfort with the instrument by practicing increasingly complex exercises and repertoire. Each lesson students practice ear-training and sight-reading so they are prepared for auditions and can learn music more quickly.

Lessons will be age appropriate, highly interactive, and geared towards your/ your child's personal goals as an aspiring cellist.

*** Equipment ***
For lessons at my home, students only need to bring their instrument and their current repertoire.

For lessons at the student's home, students need to provide their own instrument, a music stand, 2 chairs, and the repertoire we are working on. I will bring my own instrument to lessons.

I can assist you in renting a cello if you do not already have one.

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Private Cello Teacher

Oct 2007 - Present
Self-Employed Cello Teacher

* Teaching students in cello performance ages 8-65.
* Developing lesson plans and setting goals according to student growth.
* Preparing students for auditions, recitals, concerts, and competitions.

Music Theory and Cello Teacher

Sep 2006 - May 2009
Access to Music

* Instructed weekly group lessons for 5 students in beginning-level cello performance.
* Created lesson plans for each weekly class of 21 students aged 8-10 based on their speed of improvement.
* Collaborated with 3 teachers for team teaching of fun and engaging music theory courses.


Master of Music

Jul 2014 - May 2016
Mannes College of Music, The New School

Bachelor of Arts

Sep 2009 - May 2013
Barnard College, Columbia University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Dolan Prize

Oct 2012
Columbia University

Carnegie Hall Performance

Apr 2010
Columbia University
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3 Reviews on Laura C.

Amy Oct 18, 2016
Cello · In studio
Laura is a great cello teacher! She is experienced, knowledgable, and has an amazing positive energy in our lessons. Her expectations are high yet realistic, and I very much enjoying learning the cello with her. I highly recommend Laura as a teacher!
Belinda Sep 1, 2016
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
It was really good professional work
My daughter is happy because its higher level than regular school teaching
Laura Cantrell Aug 10, 2016
Cello · In home
Laura is a very talented and patient cello teacher. My ten year old daughter has taken lessons for two years, had her first recital and is now enjoying a string camp. As a parent, I've marveled at Laura's patience and persistence, keeping lessons on point and reinforcing positive practice goals. We are very happy with both our daughter's experience as Laura's student and our daughter's accomplishments as a young cellist under Laura's guidance.
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