Naomi Rockenbaugh

Naomi R.

Pittsburgh, PA
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I am a performer and teacher, specializing in cello and English as a Second Language. I graduated with a bachelor and master degree in music performance (cello) from Ball State University (Indiana). While a student, I had a multitude of teaching experiences ranging from music theory, music history, ear training, and English as a Second Language.

For the past three years, I have taught beginning/intermediate cello students. My teaching experiences began at a non-profit community music camp, Music for the Sake of Music, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. During this experience, I found a passion for teaching beginning students because of the fundamental need to provide a solid foundation. These early teaching experiences also inspired my teaching philosophy. Students can expect to focus on technique while simultaneously working on challenging and exciting repertoire. Although there is an emphasis on strong fundamentals, I strive to demonstrate the fun and beneficial qualities of studying music. Music should not be a chore but rather a source of creativity and enjoyment.

I am open to teaching students of all ages and levels, although the majority of my experience is in beginning and intermediate levels. I've studied the cello for 14 years. I have experience in tutoring music theory, sight-ear (ear training), and music history. Also, I have been certified through the National College Learning Center Association, completing training that emphasizes engagement of students. Through this training I've learned how to help students learn independently and overcome challenges through trial and error. In music, these skills foster efficient practice techniques that often lead to a quickly developed technique.

During my studies, I was also a classroom instructor of ESL. I taught academic English to university students with various proficiency levels. In these classes, I taught between 2-15 students. This experince strengthened my classroom management but also taught me how to prepare lesson plans catering to individual students. I have received a graduate level certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and in doing so I have studied materials development, classroom assessment/creating assessments, and methodologies for teaching English as a second language. Lastly, I have tutored individuals in ESL, working closely to improve listening, speaking, and vocabulary.

As a performer, I have played in many regional orchestras throughout Indiana such as the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, and Kokomo Symphony Orchestra. I also have experience performing outside of a classical setting, especially in recording. In previous years I have recorded on pop albums for independent artists and composers. My most notable experience includes recording with Tony Award winning actress and singer, Sutton Foster on her newest album Take Me to the World.

Studying music is not about achieving perfection; it is about creativity and joy and obtaining skills that transfer to numerous fields. I look forward to meeting you and helping you develop a wide variety of skills that will enrich many parts of your life.

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  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Bachelor of Music, Performance from Ball State University

Reviews (13)

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Adrianna Nov 5, 2019
Cello · Online

Naomi truly is an amazing instructor!

William Nov 2, 2019
Cello · Online

Our first lesson with Naomi was fantastic! She was patient and made the most out of our hour. My daughter said she couldn't believe how much she learned so quickly! We hope this is the beginning of a long lasting relationship. Thanks Naomi!

Joey Nov 2, 2019
Cello · Online

First lesson was great. Naomi is very patient with our first time cello player. My 9 year old is looking forward to more lessons.

Michael B. Oct 16, 2019
Cello · Online

Great class as always. I have had 2 violin instructors before so I have a basis for comparison. Naomi is the best ever.

Cheryl Oct 14, 2019
Cello · Online

Naomi is so easy to work with during our lessons and provides helpful instruction and practice plans!

Cheryl Sep 28, 2019
Cello · Online

Cindy T. Sep 21, 2019
Cello · Online

Naomi makes it fun to learn the cello. She is excellent at teaching and easy to talk to. I’ve learned so much in our first few lessons.

Michael B. Sep 10, 2019
Cello · Online

Naomi is a very good teacher. She really tries to adapt the lesson to fit the student.

Kris Alvarez Aug 24, 2019
Cello · Online

Michael B. Aug 20, 2019
Cello · Online

Naomi is very interested in the kind of music you like to hear, what you'd like to play, and your goals.I was very happy with my lesson, and look forward to more lessons with her.

Michael B. Aug 20, 2019
Cello · Online

Max N. Jul 2, 2019
Cello · Online

A storm had our session a bit laggy, but we overcame that obstacle. Naomi started simple and went over basic foundational aspects such as parts of the instrument, proper posture and body positioning, and tuning.

After that we moved on to intonation on the C major scale. A lot of musical theory was discussed throughout the lesson and she was very good at explaining the concepts. I already highly recommend her, and will continue lessons, so you should start.

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Miguel Jun 7, 2019
Cello · In studio

The lesson was well planned. And naomi was more than willing to work around my hectic work schedule.


Cello Instructor
Aug 2018 - Present


Teaching cello students of all ages and levels, online and in personal studio.

Graduate Assistant
Aug 2016 - May 2019

Ball State University

Taught ESL classes to university students studying academic English in preparation of their academic courses. Break between August 2018-December 2018


Master of Music, Performance
Aug 2016 - Jul 2018

Ball State University

Bachelor of Music, Performance
Aug 2012 - May 2016

Ball State University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
May 2019

Ball State University

Learning Center Leadership Certification
May 2016

National College Learning Center Association

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