Lenna Pierce

Lenna P.

Brooklyn, NY
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am an emotive cellist with two decades experience. As a member of the Park Quartet (the quartet in residence at Park Church) I recently performed at the 100th anniversary of McGolrick Park. I love sharing classical music with all levels of students. Lessons with me are calm, meditative experiences where we use Zen techniques to enter into the heart of music.
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Lenna delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2012

Hello cellists! My name is Lenna and I am pleased to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2011 and have loved helping my students improve their tone, learn better sight reading skills, and become more relaxed around their cellos. I studied chamber music for four years under the world famous Chiara Quartet. My favorite books about classical music are: The Art of Practicing and Just Play Naturally. I'm a kind and patient person and my teaching style is focused on comfort and emotional vibrancy in performance. I look forward to guiding you through some wonderful musical experiences.


Jan 2016 - Present
Park Quartet

This year I have had the honor of playing cello in The Park Quartet, the quartet in residence at The Park Church Co-op in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Session Musician
Jan 2011 - Present
Various Studios

I get a lot of work doing recording sessions with Indie Musicians such as Bird Courage, Steve Nelson, Silverteeth, Julia Reade, Tica Douglass, and Ember Schrag.


Suzuki Teacher Training Book 1
Jun 2017 - Present
Ithaca College
BA in Psychology with minor in Chamber Music
Sep 2003 - Jun 2008


Professional Proficiency


Quartet in Residence
May 2016
Park Church Coop
2008 runner up for "Play with the Chiara's" Competition
Feb 2008
World Renowned Chiara String Quartet


Suzuki Association of the Americas
Jun 2017

The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America.

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Photos & Videos

The Pierce Quartet live in Washington Square on a lovely summer's night.
A Few Words About My Teaching Philosophy
In performance, sung cello.
Sometimes I am a singing cellist.
Bach 1st Cello Suite Prelude in the Park on a nice afternoon
Photo by Lenna P.

Photo by Lenna P.

Photo by Lenna P.

Photo by Lenna P.
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14 Reviews

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Lisabel L. Dec 11, 2017
Cello · In home

It’s true what the other reviews say about her kindness and patience. Lenna is a warm, thoughtful and generous human being. She also happens to be a gifted teacher and skilled cellist. She is able to correct tiny details in my playing that make a huge difference in sound. Better yet, she approaches it in a way that I might be able to make those corrections for myself, by asking me what I heard first and listening to my observations. Also her approach to practice and playfulness is something I aim to use in many aspects of my life.

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Francesca Nov 6, 2017
Cello · In home

Lenna is the best!! She is incredibly patient and positive, and very professional. My daughter (age 10) is really enjoying working with her!!! We would give Lenna 6 stars if we could!!!

Ariane B. Jun 23, 2017
Cello · In home

Lenna is a warm, competent and encouraging teacher whose patience and good humor have helped my daughter to develop a love of the cello. Talia practices for fun, and shares some of the conversations she has with Lenna with her friends because they mean a lot to her. For example, every week Talia seems to ask what the saddest note is, and she and Lenna play and discuss the emotional tenor of the cello. It means a great deal to Talia and she recounts thw discussions to her friends, for whom she now volunteers to play cello.

The nuts and bolts: Lenna is easy to reach, responsive and accommodating. She arrives on time and prepared. She is able to communicate effectively during lessons and gives good feedback and good homework. She is positive and encouraging, too.

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Jordan Jun 7, 2017
Cello · In studio

Lenna is the kind of musician and teacher you will never forget. I had the privilege of working with her in college, and she's always been one of my very favorite collaborators!

Mary M May 9, 2017
Cello · Online

Lenna is the BEST teacher in ANY subject I have ever had! She is patient, kind, supportive, has a great sense of humor, and I love to listen to her play as she is teaching me! If you are looking for a fabulous online Cello teacher, Lenna is the one to choose!!!!

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Mary M Apr 16, 2017
Cello · Online

IF THERE IS A SAINT OF CELLISTS, i NOMINATE LENNA. She is filled with peacefulness, serenity, meditation, spirituality, prayer, humor, patience....and that does't even begin to talk about her extremely brilliant like the stars, cello playing and teaching. She is my first cello teacher, and she is my therapist, although she taught me today, that my cello is my therapist......it resonates passion and comfort and joy and beauty, beauty beauty. If you can take cello lessons, no matter your age, Lenna is the one you want for your teacher.

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Mary M Mar 30, 2017
Cello · Online

Lenna is awesome!!!! I am the most beginner of beginners......never picked up a cello, never knew how to hold a bow or rosin it or even TUNE the cello! She was SOOOOO patient and kind. I am looking forward to every lesson, and added 2 additional lessons every month, so now I have weekly lessons!! I am thrilled! SO glad to have found her!!!

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Mary Mar 30, 2017
Cello · Online

FABULOUS instructor! Skilled, patient, obviously loves Cello and has a passion for music!!!!

Malini Sridharan Feb 25, 2017
Cello · In studio

Another wonderful lesson

Mali Feb 14, 2017
Cello · In studio

I am an adult beginner on cello, but I play a number of other instruments reasonably well. Lenna is attentive to my specific needs and adapts what we work on to focus on technique such that I don't feel, as I have with some other teachers at times, that I am dragging my feet a little bit. She is very patient and kind while also providing me with the constructive input I need. I would highly recommend her for adults, and I can see her working very well with children as well given her kind and patient manner.

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Brett Sep 17, 2016
Cello · In home

I tried several cello instructors (one of them from Juilliard) and Lenna was the one I stuck with for years. She's amazing.

I highly recommend her for her compassion, kindness, patience, and ability to customize instruction based on what you need. Give her a shot!

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Concetta A. Sep 13, 2016
Music Performance · In studio

Lenna is a kind a nurturing teacher. She is a careful listener and pays attention to her students' long term goals. I would highly recommend her for anyone interested in pursuing learning music as either a first time or experienced musician!

Kate Sep 12, 2016
Cello · In home

Lenna is incredibly patient and kind. As an adult amateur, she really took the time to know me to cater to my preferences and my previous experience.

Nathan Sep 12, 2016
Cello · In studio

Lenna is the most talented and patient music instructor I have had!!

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