Lukas Goodman
New York, NY
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Lukas Goodman

Lukas G.

New York, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My approach to teaching the cello incorporates mindfulness, body awareness, and deliberate practice, and I strongly believe in simplifying technique and practice methods, and leading you to your own discoveries rather than just telling you what to do. In order to reach your potential as a cellist, you need to train both the body and the mind. I am a strong believer in mental practice and being able to hear the sound you want before you play - however, this is only half the battle; you also want to set yourself up for success by training your body to feel comfortable and relaxed while still maintaining structure. I have studied with the top cello pedagogues in the world, including Hans Jensen, Richard Aaron, Ralph Kirshbaum, Desmond Hoebig, and Frans Helmerson to name a few. The methods I’ve learned and developed on my own can be taught from the very beginning of a cellist’s journey, and I can’t wait to share them with you!

About Lukas G.

I am a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician and have performed all over the US and Europe. I am a recent graduate of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and am currently pursuing my masters degree at the University of Southern California. My principal teachers have been Ralph Kirshbaum, Desmond Hoebig, Hans Jensen, Richard Aaron, and Frans Helmerson. In addition to performing, I began teaching in 2019, and have found it immensely rewarding to help others unlock their technique and improve their abilities on the cello.


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Lukas was incredibly helpful as a teacher because it's clear that he's spent so much time over the last several years thinking about how the cello works and how to constantly be improving as a player. Lukas knows the best exercises to help solve whatever problems you may have as a player, and he has the real-world experience to back it up. I was particularly impressed by his ability to break down exactly what goes into creating a beautiful tone on the cello. He made me see my own technique differently and opened my eyes to aspects of cello playing that I had never thought of before. But most importantly, Lukas is a great teacher because he leads you to your own solutions. He won't just give you the answer to a specific passage of music, he will give you the tools to level up as a player, which you can then apply to anything you play. I would highly recommend taking lessons with Lukas Goodman.

Posted Aug 25, 2020
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Lukas has been a peer/colleague of mine for the past 6 years. As a conservatory student myself, I have often turned to Lukas for insight and help on various struggles I face as a cellist. As a cellist and technician, he has profound understanding of the fundamental concepts of playing the cello, whilst maintaining the ability to break things down in a simple and concise fashion. As an artist and musician, he constantly challenges himself for deeper expertise in so many facets of the art – both technically and musically.

Lukas has a clever sense of humor, is very bright, and void of arrogance (which I experienced so many times from teachers when I started out). I am certain he would provide a student of any level and goal with an adaptive, forward-focused approach. I cannot thank Lukas enough for the amount he has helped me, and I am certain he can do the same for so many others

Posted Aug 24, 2020

Photos & Videos

5 Photos & Videos


Feb 2020 - Feb 2020

Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra

Assistant Principal Cello
Jul 2019 - Aug 2019

Aspen Festival Orchestra

Jul 2019 - Jul 2019

Missouri Symphony Orchestra


Masters of Music
Aug 2020 - Present

University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music

Bachelors of Music
Aug 2016 - May 2020

Rice University, Shepherd School of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


First Prize
Apr 2019

Shepherd School Concerto Competition, 2019

First Prize
Mar 2019

Young Texas Artists Music Competition

Shepherd Society Award
Apr 2016

Rice University

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