Lucie Ticho

Lucie T.

Chicago, IL
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I teach with the goal of imparting a comprehensive musical understanding to my students. As a result of my instruction, they will learn to listen actively and critically, make educated expressive and technical decisions, and become familiar with the standard repertoire.

In a teacher-student relationship, I value mutual respect and a spirit of open dialogue. This means that I treat my students as complete human beings and equals. I never dismiss a student’s interpretive ideas or enforce my own. Rather, we come up with something compelling together through ongoing conversation. I strive to create a safe and stimulating learning environment where students can comfortably experiment and express themselves.

I place great importance on honing technique, which I consider as the foundation for musicality and expressive freedom. To that end, a significant portion of the work I set for my students (especially those who are intermediate or advanced) will be technical in nature. During the first several months of studying with me, students will move through a comprehensive curriculum of exercises aimed at refining their physical approach to cello playing. The guiding principle behind my method of technique is relaxation. My students learn to control their muscles and play with minimal tension, affording them the freedom to explore expressive possibilities unencumbered.

While a solid technique is the bedrock of good musicianship, it is of course meaningless without an expressive vision. I challenge my students to find their unique musical voice by looking both inward and at the world around them. I encourage them to “live” their repertoire as they live their lives, allowing themselves to be swept up by the sudden ups and downs in the music and reacting accordingly. I make sure that each of my students learns to infuse their playing with humanity and sincerity.

At the heart of my teaching is a love and appreciation of music, and I aim to make lessons a fulfilling experience for my students. I hope you’ll join me and discover your musical potential.

About Lucie T.

I am a professional cellist currently working on my master’s degree at the Juilliard School. I received my Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University. As an soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician, I have performed in major music venues around the world, from Carnegie Hall in New York to Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw and Beijing’s National Center of Performing Arts.

I have a passion for teaching and take pride in helping my students achieve their musical goals. My curriculum targets the development of left and right hand technique while maintaining expression and musicality at the heart of the learning process. My students can expect to develop the strong technical foundation they need to play with ease, freedom, and confidence.


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Ashley B.
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Posted Jun 7, 2020
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She was GREAT!

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Substitute cellist
Oct 2019 - Present

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

P.A.L.S Program Cello teacher
Jun 2019 - Sep 2019

Aspen Music Festival and School


Master of Music in Cello Performance
Aug 2019 - Present

The Juilliard School

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Aug 2016 - Present

Columbia University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency

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