Marshall McDaniel

Marshall M.

Topanga, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I started piano at 4 and never looked back. I am well versed in everything from early note reading, to late romantic sonatas, jazz standards and improvisation. Whatever level you're at, I can help.
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Marshall delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

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Hi, I'm Marshall. I was born into a family of actors, artists, and musicians and was raised on the stage of the Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga, California, a family-run theater. I started music lessons at four on piano and later began cello at twelve. As a middle and high school student, I played with community orchestras throughout Los Angeles, and after graduation from the Hamilton Academy of Music, went on to study at Cal State University, Northridge, double majoring in cello and English literature. I afterwards moved to Germany for almost a decade, studying in Trossingen, Mannheim, and Berlin, resulting in a lot of great teachers, masterclasses and performance opportunities. After recently moving back to Los Angeles, I work as an assistant to a number of different Film/TV composers here in LA as well as playing orchestra and doing studio work whenever I can. It's about time for some cello lessons though, wouldn't you say?

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Diploma in Performance, Cello
Sep 2011 - Jul 2014
Universität der Kunste, Berlin


Fluent / Native Proficiency

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4 Reviews

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Susan Feb 21, 2019
Cello · Online

Marshall is amazing! He has been working with my middle school son online for 8 months and the growth is phenomenal! My son had his very first lesson in June which consisted of how to hold the cello). By December my son is one of the top Cello players in the advanced orchestra! I was hesitant at first about it being online but it has been the best experience! As a school psychologist I was instantly impressed and amazed at Marshall's instructional techniques and highly recommend him for all levels! Thank you Marshall!!

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Will C. Jul 5, 2018
Cello · In studio

Marshall is a very patient and fun teacher. Our kids had a great first lesson

Lea Jan 29, 2017
Piano · In studio

I wanted to improve my piano skills (I'm an actor- it comes in handy). So far, I've had about ten lessons with Marshall at his studio in Topanga, and I'm already so much more confident. We started out reviewing what I knew- scales, arpeggios, etc, and now we are on to full pieces (Chopin, Mozart) and sight-reading skills. Marshall is AWESOME and has a great sense of humor. Super happy to have found him.

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Rachel Jan 29, 2017
Cello · In studio

Marshall is such a delight! My ten-year-old son has been studying cello with Marshall for the last year and has no plans of stopping. I couldn't be happier with this find. Marshall is very nurturing but also sets clear strong goals, and my son now has a much more effective at-home practice strategy. Marshall's studio is also wonderful for me- it has an outdoor garden where I can sit and read or do work during my son's lesson.

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