Rebecca Zimmerman

Rebecca Z.

Chicago, IL

About Rebecca Z.

Rebecca teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 2003
Last sign in: Within two months


Rebecca is an active chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher 
in Chicago. She performs regularly with the Grant Park Orchestra, Elgin Symphony, Chicago Chamber Ensemble, and Camerata Chicago. Rebecca is a faculty member of Eastern Music Festival and has previously been on the faculty of Merit School of Music and Northwestern University Academy. In 2015, Rebecca opened Chicago Cello Studio in the historic Fine Arts Building on Michigan Ave and accepted the position of Chamber Music Coach for Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras.

Before coming to Chicago, Rebecca was a member of Canton Symphony Orchestra in Ohio,
Richmond Symphony in Virginia, New World Symphony in Miami and Northwest Indiana Symphony. Rebecca received her Master’s in Music from Northwestern University, Magna Cum Laude, under the instruction of Hans Jorgen Jensen and her Bachelor’s in Music, Cum Laude, from the Cleveland Institute of Music under the instruction of Stephen Geber.

Rebecca has been immersed in music from a very early age. She started taking 
piano from her mother at the age of four. At the age of eight, Rebecca saw Yo Yo 
Ma performing on PBS and immediately fell in love with the cello. She studied with Dajing 
Yang from the Shanghai Conservatory, James Wilson from the Shanghai Quartet and Neal Cary from the Richmond Symphony. 

In 1999, Rebecca made her solo debut with the Richmond Symphony 
performing Dvorak Cello Concerto in B Minor, and in 2000, 
she performed Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Eastern 
Music Festival Orchestra.

In her free time, Rebecca enjoys running, reading, writing, sewing, and walking her whippet-mix dog, Isolde.

Teaching Philosophy:

As someone who has enjoyed music all her life, I can say with confidence that my goal as a teacher is to instill love, respect, and appreciation for music into the hearts of students. Music is a beautiful art form that not only teaches discipline and hard work, but also individuality and confidence. I will forever hold my first cello instructor in high esteem for introducing me to the masterpieces of the great composers and teaching me to love music. I did not learn on the Suzuki method, so although I use the Suzuki method in the beginner stages, I prefer a traditional method that incorporates note reading, music theory, and ear training rather than memorization and imitation. I believe that students who are taught to love music will be inspired to work hard, practice, and give music the respect it deserves. Expecting the best from a student requires consistency, persistence, patience, and love. Keeping standards high and expectations clear will help students focus on understanding music and mastering their instrument. Although I am a cellist, I am first and foremost a musician - the cello is simply my tool of choice for translating music. I believe that it is not only important to mold masterful, young cellists, but also to mold intelligent, well-rounded musicians and members of society.

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Cello Instructor

Aug 2012 - Jun 2014
Northwestern University Academy of Music

Private lessons and group classes

Cello Instructor

Aug 2012 - Jun 2014
Vernon Hills High School, Northbrook High School

Private lessons

Cello Instructor

Aug 2007 - May 2014
Merit School of Music

Cello instructor for "Bridges" - an outreach program that takes classical music into Chicago public schools. Group class instruction and private lessons.


Masters in Music

Aug 2007 - Dec 2008
Northwestern University

Bachelors in Music

Aug 2000 - May 2003
Cleveland Institute of Music
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1 Review on Rebecca Z.

Mark Stephens Mar 6, 2016
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent and patient teacher. I would recommend her enthusiastically!