I am a professional cellist and educator with over 10 years of experience. I received a B.A. in Music (Cello Performance) and M.M. in Music Education from Southern Methodist University, where I studied with soloist Andres Diaz. I currently am located in Asheville, NC, and am performing and teaching all over Western North Carolina and beyond. I regularly perform in orchestras, ensembles, and as a soloist, and have recent experience teaching orchestra for middle and high school in the public school system.
Lessons with me are fun- I aim to be there for every student as not just their teacher, but their mentor as well, so I connect personally with all of my students. The first step in opening yourself up to being vulnerable enough to play music is to have that connection with your teacher. My lessons often end with giggles, and the student gleefully saying to their parent, "look what I learned today!"
In my lessons, I focus on scales, technique, etudes, and solo pieces. All of my students work with the goal of performing. From an online perspective, it is trickier to set up performances, but I work hard to ensure that every student is able to show off their amazing musical skills to their friends and family. The point of playing music is to express something to an audience, so we focus on this aspect a lot in lessons.
If you have any questions about my teaching style, philosophy, or background, please don't hesitate to contact me! I hope to see you (and hear you!) soon!
Highest recommendation! My daughter moved up 3 chairs in orchestra, improved her technique and has a renewed love for the cello in the short time she's been studying with Ms. Mandy! The improvement is amazing!
Mandy Guilfoyle is a joy! I am an active, amateur cellist and am excited to learn and grow musically as one of Mandy's students. By introducing me to new techniques, methods, and composers she has helped me gain confidence as a musician. Here sunny disposition, enthusiasm, sensitivity to her students' needs, and positive teaching style are some of her many wonderful attributes. I highly recommend Mandy as a teacher for any level, any age student!Show More
- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been a professional cellist and educator for over ten years. I use my collective experience performing works of the great composers, teaching private lessons, and teaching in the public school classroom to give my cello students everything they could possibly need to succeed. I will take you or your child to the next level in their cello playing by tapping into their creativity and musicality through intensive study of technique, history, and playing and performing.
Apple Valley Middle School and North Henderson High School
Asheville Music School
Studios of Sarah Strout
Southern Methodist University
Southern Methodist University
Fluent / Native Proficiency
State of North Carolina
Alpha Chi National Honors Society
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