Margaret Kocher

Margaret K.

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Margaret delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
October 2009

I started playing cello at the age of 10 and have been an avid player ever since. I have participated in numerous camps and festivals around the world and believe that playing music leads to fantastic friendships and personal growth.

As a classically trained cellist, I use classical fundamentals to teach students proper technique alongside a passion for incorporating cello into their daily lives. Recently, I have been playing electric cello with different music groups in different styles and have recorded with rock, math-rock, indie, folk and hip-hop artists.

My main goal is to show students how much fun playing music can be and how cello can be used in classical and non-classical settings. A lot of my students have loved learning how to play along with their favorite music!


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We must chat on the phone BEFORE THE FIRST LESSON.
I want to hear more about you and your goals so that I can come prepared.

Lessons should be fun, engaging and exciting. Students will learn something new every visit! I focus on proper technique, intonation, competition preparation, sight reading, chamber music, basic music theory and duets (my favorite!). I can also introduce students to electric cello with various looping, distortion and effect pedals.

Each student has their own goals and learning styles and I love using those to inspire a love for cello.

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Experience

Private Lessons Instructor
Sep 2009 - Present
Various

I provide fun and engaging lessons for students depending on individual needs. Students should end each lesson feeling accomplished and learn something new. I really like using duets because they are a great way to promote confidence and to work on intonation.

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Cello Instructor
Oct 2009 - Jun 2010
REW Music

Prepared students for concerts, auditions and competitions based on learning styles and needs. Also worked with students on improvisation and basic music theory.

Sectionals Leader
Mar 2010 - Apr 2010
Olathe Northwest High School

Guest Sectional Leader at Olathe Northwest High School. I helped students prepare for concerts and competitions through individual and group lessons.

Education

Bachelor of Arts - Cello Performace
Aug 2005 - May 2009
Illinois Wesleyan University
Cello Instruction
Jan 2007 - Jul 2007
Pontificia Universidad Católica

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency

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