Molly Rife
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Molly Rife

Molly R.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Do you want to learn how to play the cello? Did you play the cello back in grade school and want to pick it up again? Ready to start your child in music lessons? I’m here to help! I have been teaching professionally for over 8 years now. I currently teach at the Merit School of Music in Chicago, in addition to teaching my own private cello students. All ages and levels welcome! I have experience teaching a range of ages from 4 years old to adults, and complete beginners to advance. I earned both my Bachelor and Masters degree in Cello Performance and have both teaching and performing experience.

About Molly R.

Hello! My name is Molly. I’m a native of Tucson, AZ and began playing the cello at age 10. Growing up in a family full of musicians, I developed love for music at an early age. I currently live in Chicago, IL and am an active teacher and performer in the area. I earned my Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from Arizona State University and my Master of Music degree in Cello Performance from DePaul University. I teach aspiring cellists of all ages as both a Suzuki and Traditional instructor. I am registered in Suzuki Books 1-3. I maintain a private cello studio and teach private and group classes at the Merit School of Music. I have also taught at Terra Sounds School of Music and Arts, the People’s Music School, Southport Performing Arts Conservatory, City Strings Chicago, Music For Kids NFP, and Sherry-Brener Ltd. In addition to teaching, I am also a performer. I hold a position with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and have performed with other orchestras including the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and the New Philharmonic Orchestra. I am enthusiastic about various genres of music and have performed and/or recorded with artists such as KYGO, Noname Hiding, and Sidewalk Chalk, in addition to many local Chicago artists. When I’m not playing the cello, I’m most likely journaling, taking pictures, drinking coffee, listening to hip hop and bluegrass, and playing chess.


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Private/Group Cello Instuctor
Oct 2016 - Present

Merit School of Music

Private Cello Instructor
Feb 2016 - Aug 2017

Terra Sounds School of Music and Arts

Group Cello Instructor
Mar 2017 - May 2017

The People’s Music School

Private Cello Instructor
Mar 2015 - May 2017

Southport Performing Arts Conservatory

Group Cello Instructor
Jun 2014 - Sep 2015

Music For Kids NFP

Private Cello Instructor
Dec 2012 - Jun 2013

Sherry-Brener Ltd.


Master of Music in Performance
Sep 2011 - Jun 2013

DePaul University

Bachelor of Music in Performance
Aug 2007 - May 2011

Arizona State University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Suzuki Book 1-3
Mar 2018

Suzuki Association of the Americas

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