Rhody Andester

Rhody A.

Portland, OR
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Hi Everybody! My name is Rhody, my pronouns are he/him/his, and I’m just the person you’re looking for. I have 22 years of cello-playing under my belt, and I have been teaching to kids, tweens, teens, and adults since 2012! I’m incredibly patient, an avid encourager, and I LOVE helping others discover their own latent gift of music within them. I specialize in beginner and intermediate cello.

If you’re looking to learn a new skill, or if you know the cello already and would like a refresher, get in touch with me! All of our lessons will follow a customized plan that meets your specific needs. You'll be learning everything from correct posture to fundamental theory, and we'll even throw in some pop songs if you like!

About Rhody A.

Having spent the last decade traveling the world and then going cross country in the U.S., I have seen many beautiful things that tint my life a pretty shade. My music is a facsimile of the world I experience around me, and I am heavily influenced by it's beauty.

My goal is to get the beauty YOU experience out of you and into the world with your instrument as your vessel. The cello and guitar are perfect instruments for the task!

With over 20 years of playing and 8 years of teaching experience, I am the ideal candidate to guide you to crafting music of your own. Just say the word!


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3 Reviews
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Rhody is a fantastic teacher who excels in making you feel listened to and has the patience and understanding to best enable you to grow.

Posted May 27, 2020
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When I picked up guitar again for the first time in a decade, I wasn’t sure I would be up to the challenge. But every step of the way, Rhody has been communicative, patient, and a hoot to work with!
From walking me through music theory fundamentals (sometimes over and over), to helping me understand tempo, Rhody has helped me gain confidence in myself as a musician!
I can’t recommend him as a teacher enough.

Posted May 19, 2020
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I had picked up the cello last August with absolutely 0 experience with strings. I had one other teacher when I first began and unfortunately needed to take a break due to financials.

Fast forward to this year and I had quite accidentally found Rhody's information but I am so glad that I did!

He is a fun, patient and knowledgeable teacher. He explains things in a very simplistic way and makes sure you're both on the same page. He understands that life gets in the way of practice sometimes but kindly pushes you to keep trying and keep practicing (that IS the only way we'll get better, y'all).

Since I've started practicing and learning through Rhody, I feel like I actually understand how the music is ought to be played...and that's a sure step in the direction of truly understanding such a beautiful instrument.

I could go on but I'll leave it with this: please go through Rhody! You won't find a better teacher!

Posted May 17, 2020

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Cello and Guitar Teacher
Mar 2020 - Present

Private Music Academy

I tutor beginner and intermediate cello students and beginner guitar students. Many of my clients come in as absolute beginners, while others have some experience and move along a bit faster.

Cello Teacher
Apr 2012 - Present


I'm an experienced cellist with 22 years of playing, and I offer lessons to beginner and intermediate students of all stripes and sizes.


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