Naomi Rockenbaugh
Pittsburgh, PA
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Naomi Rockenbaugh

Naomi R.

Pittsburgh, PA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Experienced teacher of 4 years with a specialization in beginning/intermediate cello students. Lessons will cater to the needs of each individual student with a focus on a strong technical foundation. As a teacher, I concentrate on engaging students in their learning and aspire to inspire students to discover the joys and benefits of learning music. Not only will students learn to play the cello but they will have instruction in note reading, music theory and ear training. I believe that music should be enjoyable for students and strive to make meaningful connections with my students, positively influencing their musical lives.

About Naomi R.

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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Cindy T.
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Naomi is patient and very knowledgeable about music theory and the cello. I have had 2 prior online cello teachers from another organization, and I did not learn about weight of the bow on strings, bow speed, and much more until I have had Naomi as a teacher.

Posted Jul 24, 2020
Michaela
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Posted Jul 2, 2020
Staven B.
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Naomi is so knowledgeable and fantastic! Love my lessons with her!

Posted Jun 5, 2020
Adriana S.
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Good teacher

Posted May 26, 2020
Lanada W.
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Love it!

Posted May 22, 2020
Kseniya -.
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I really enjoying the lessons with Naomi , she is great!!!

Posted May 13, 2020
James S.
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Naomi was patient with Audrey. Showed her how to tune and taught her the techniques she needed.

Posted May 13, 2020
Audrey W.
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Posted May 13, 2020
Emily G.
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She was patient and really gave great advice on questions I had! She did a great job at complementing my strengths and then giving me the constructive feedback to get better!

Posted May 13, 2020
leah
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bowing exercises quite helpful

Posted May 12, 2020
Lanada W.
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Posted May 9, 2020
William
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Naomi is a wonderful cello instructor. Very patient, easy to understand and able to simplify what would otherwise be very complicated concepts.

Posted May 9, 2020
Kelley
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Very helpful and knowledgeable!

Posted May 6, 2020
Elizabeth
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Naomi is encouraging and patient with my daughter during their lesson time. My daughter looks forward to their time together. She make cello lessons fun for my daughter. I would recommend Naomi for your online cello experience.

Posted May 6, 2020
Leah G.
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quite helpful and assuring

Posted May 5, 2020
Luke J.
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Posted May 4, 2020
Madison
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She makes it fun!

Posted Apr 30, 2020
Mayumi
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I had a very productive time thanks to Naomi. Looking forward to the next lesson.

Posted Apr 29, 2020
leah
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insightful help with bowing this week

Posted Apr 28, 2020
Bianca
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My daughter is truly enjoying her online lessons with Naomi. She is 14 years old and looks forward to her weekly lessons.

Posted Apr 27, 2020
David S.
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My son is enjoying his lessons with Naomi. She is very patient and knowledgeable.

Posted Apr 17, 2020
Adriana S.
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good teacher.

Posted Apr 14, 2020
Seth
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Naomi has a wonderful temperament for working with adult learners. I was quite impressed with her ability to dive right into a productive conversation about my background and goals and the and then immediately move to practical advice and instruction.

Posted Apr 13, 2020
Aaron W.
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Posted Apr 11, 2020
Kseniya -.
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Posted Apr 8, 2020
Adriana S.
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Posted Apr 7, 2020
Leah G.
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she's always listening.

Posted Mar 24, 2020
Katelin
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Posted Mar 24, 2020
Adrianna
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Very patient and lets students work at their own pace. Takes time getting to know individual students and their goals.

Posted Mar 23, 2020
David
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She is very kind and patient and seems to really know her stuff.

Posted Mar 23, 2020
Donna S.
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Posted Mar 19, 2020
Sandra
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Posted Mar 11, 2020
Catherine
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Wonderful Cello lesson, and a lot of fun! I learned a lot and Naomi is very understanding. I can't wait for next week!

Posted Mar 4, 2020
Noah
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Super helpful, and really patient.

Posted Feb 25, 2020
Leah G.
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despite technical difficulties, which I believe was with your site, we were able to salvage a good half-hour class with Naomi able to leave me with new practices despite only having 30 minutes.

Posted Feb 25, 2020
Rodrigo J.
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Super Great Professor

Posted Feb 22, 2020
Leah G.
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very patient and understanding. Thank you.

Posted Feb 18, 2020
Zoe
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Naomi is an amazing teacher! She is very knowledgeable and is skilled at effectively transferring that knowledge to students. She is kind, approachable and very reliable. I can't wait for more of my lessons with Naomi :)

Posted Feb 15, 2020
Michael B.

Naomi has always been an excellent teacher for me. Patient, gives good tips and emailed lesson goals every week. I would recommend her to anyone.

Posted Feb 5, 2020
Michael B.

Great as ever. Naomi is a better teacher than I've ever had before (in 2 years of violin

Posted Jan 29, 2020
Erica
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Posted Jan 22, 2020
Miguel
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good instructor, really passionate about being a teacher, always coming up with new ideas.

Posted Jan 14, 2020
Joy E.
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Naomi did a great job allowing our 8 year old daughter to have conversation with her as they introduced each other. Naomi was patient, kind, and yet professional. We are looking forward to more lessons with her.

Posted Jan 6, 2020
Shannan Rhodes
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What a great first lesson! Naomi was patient and very knowledgeable. Can’t wait for my next lesson!

Posted Jan 4, 2020
Stacey D.
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Naomi is the best! She is so patient and knowledgeable. Naomi's instruction is easy to follow.

Posted Jan 2, 2020
Emmaly R.
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We had a kiddo change from upright bass to cello mid-year and couldn't find a local teacher so to fill the gap decided to try online, unsure of what to expect. We have been pleasantly surprised. Naomi is an excellent teacher and as a parent, I feel the communication is also great. The online platform provides better instruction than anticipated and we have been really happy with our experience.

Posted Dec 30, 2019
Chance
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My son loved his first lesson!

Posted Dec 22, 2019
Lisa P.
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Naomi is AMAZING!

Posted Dec 13, 2019
Danielle H.
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Naomi's such a kind, sweet person with the patience of a saint! It makes a huge difference when you add that to being a good teacher. I always look forward to our meetings. I'm learning a lot and having fun - best way to do it!

Posted Dec 13, 2019
Stacey D.
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My cello lessons with Naomi are productive and fun. Naomi is such a great teacher - patient, knowledgeable, thorough - and a joy to spend time with while learning the cello. I am so pleased to have her as my instructor.

Posted Dec 11, 2019
Michael B.
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Great as always

Posted Dec 11, 2019
Matthew S.
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Excellent first lesson. We went over a lot of material and I'm already learning so much!

Posted Dec 10, 2019
Zayante
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First lesson, my homeschooled daughter really liked learning from Naomi.

Posted Nov 16, 2019
Joey
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You are amazing.

Posted Nov 16, 2019
Adrianna
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Naomi truly is an amazing instructor!

Posted Nov 5, 2019
William
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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!

Posted Nov 2, 2019
Joey
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First lesson was great. Naomi is very patient with our first time cello player. My 9 year old is looking forward to more lessons.

Posted Nov 2, 2019
Michael B.
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Great class as always. I have had 2 violin instructors before so I have a basis for comparison. Naomi is the best ever.

Posted Oct 16, 2019
Cheryl
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Naomi is so easy to work with during our lessons and provides helpful instruction and practice plans!

Posted Oct 14, 2019
Cheryl
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Posted Sep 28, 2019
Cindy T.
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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.

Posted Sep 21, 2019
Michael B.
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Naomi is a very good teacher. She really tries to adapt the lesson to fit the student.

Posted Sep 10, 2019
Kris Alvarez
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Posted Aug 24, 2019
Michael B.
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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.

Posted Aug 20, 2019
Michael B.
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Posted Aug 20, 2019
Max N.
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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.

Posted Jul 2, 2019
Miguel
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The lesson was well planned. And naomi was more than willing to work around my hectic work schedule.

Posted Jun 7, 2019

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Experience

Cello Instructor
Aug 2018 - Present

Self-employed

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

Education

Master of Music, Performance
Aug 2016 - Jul 2018

Ball State University

Bachelor of Music, Performance
Aug 2012 - May 2016

Ball State University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

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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