Lenna Pierce
Brooklyn, NY
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Lenna Pierce

Lenna P.

Brooklyn, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am an emotive cellist with two decades experience. I have toured internationally performing my original works including London, Paris, and Berlin. As a member of the Pierce Quartet I regularly arrange and perform music for weddings and other special occasions. I love sharing classical music with all levels of students. Lessons with me are calm, meditative experiences where we use peaceful techniques to enter into the heart of music.

About Lenna P.

Hello musicians! 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 in performance. I have toured the world as a singer songwriter and before that 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.


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23 Reviews
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Lenna is a great cello teacher. My son has been learning cello with Lenna for about a year now. And he is more and more passionate about the instrument. Lenna is always patient, thoughtful and creative to teach kids to be more enthusiastic on music. I recommend Lenna to everyone who wants to learn cello.

Posted May 14, 2020
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Someone I trust recommended Lenna to me for a cello teacher - I am an adult beginner and I really knew nothing at all about how to play or read music.
Lenna was the most patient, understanding and fun teacher I could have asked for. She understood what I needed and got me from barely able to hold the bow to playing Rigoletto in front of a small audience in 6 months! THAT is no small feat. She loves playing, she loves teaching and she understands the human condition. A very good combination indeed. I highly recommend you hire her as your cello teacher, or your child's cello teacher, or your next door neighbor's cello teacher.

Posted Feb 5, 2020
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Lenna is a terrific cello teacher! I feel lucky to have found her through this site. I was starting from zero with the cello and she was able to guide me through the Suzuki book to be able to play some songs -- even sight-reading. While I have a long way to go, I appreciate her focus and dedication to improving my playing skills. Highly recommended!

Posted Jun 1, 2019
Kelsey W.
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Lenna is out of this world! When I first undertook, as an adult beginner, to learn the cello, I often found myself frustrated by the challenge. Lenna changed the way I approach my studies. She taught me to FEEL music, to find the beauty in slowing down and repeating, to have patience with my practice and to appreciate my progress. She has improved my rhythm, vibrato, sound quality, knowledge of music theory and more. She is always gentle and supportive during our lessons and approaches learning with a humility I only wish I could have. She likes to end lessons by guiding her students through a few minutes of improv, which I deeply enjoy. A talented cellist (and musician generally); a wonderful instructor; and a kind, supportive, optimistic personality. I love working with Lenna and strongly recommend her.

Posted Mar 3, 2019
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Posted Mar 1, 2019
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Lenna is so patient, and explains everything in such a great way! I'm a complete newbie, and I can already tell she'll be a wonderful teacher

Posted Feb 26, 2019
D. George
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Lenna is wonderful!!! She is dedicated to her art and her warmness really reassured our family that she was the perfect match. My 8 year-old daughter been having private in home lesson over the passed year and have shown great improvement with even the most challenging piece. She has patience and can differentiate instruction to facilitate my daughter learning style, making it an adventurous.
My daughter would frequently say:"Practice Makes Prefect"
But for Lenna:"Practice Make Progress" because you are forever learning.
She is indeed a humble individual..
I highly recommend Lenna for any level of practice.

Posted Nov 18, 2018
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Lenna was terrific! I'm just starting out in learning to play the cello and she's very helpful for newbies. Excellent start and looking forward to more lessons.

Posted Nov 8, 2018
Kelsey W.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Lenna is an incredible instructor (and person). As an adult beginner, learning the cello has been incredibly challenging (both physically and emotionally). The challenge made it hard to bond with the instrument during my first six months of technical instruction (with another instructor). Along came Lenna, and she inserted exercises into our lessons to address just this, and thanks to her, I have a more peaceful and joyful relationship with my practice. Lenna has an intuitive understanding of what her students need and how to foster healthy and sustainable practice habits. She is professional, encouraging, incredibly patient and she brings must-welcomed creativity to every lesson (in the form of improv, jamming together, describing the character of tones, and more). I highly recommend lessons with Lenna.

Posted Sep 26, 2018
Lisabel L.
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted Dec 11, 2017
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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!!!

Posted Nov 6, 2017
Ariane B.
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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.

Posted Jun 23, 2017
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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!

Posted Jun 7, 2017
Mary M
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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!!!!

Posted May 9, 2017
Mary M
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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.

Posted Apr 16, 2017
Mary M
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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!!!

Posted Mar 30, 2017
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FABULOUS instructor! Skilled, patient, obviously loves Cello and has a passion for music!!!!

Posted Mar 30, 2017
Malini Sridharan
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Another wonderful lesson

Posted Feb 25, 2017
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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.

Posted Feb 14, 2017
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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!

Posted Sep 17, 2016
Concetta A.
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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!

Posted Sep 13, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted Sep 12, 2016
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

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

Posted Sep 12, 2016

Photos & Videos

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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.


Master of Arts in Music Education
Jul 2019 - Present

Columbia University--Teacher's College

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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