Robert Meltzer

Robert M.

Arlington, VA

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Our cello lessons cover an array of topics from technique to musicality along with establishing the important connections of mind and body to achieve healthy and sustainable cello playing! I approach every student differently and try my utmost best to cater to every student's need. I have years of experience teaching pre-school age cellists to adults! I look forward to helping anyone achieve music and cello goals!
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Robert delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5 to 75 and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2010

Welcome! My name is Rob Meltzer and I am professional cellist, string music educator and conductor in the DC Area. I've been playing cello for over 20 years and I have taught various age groups in public school and private studio settings for almost 10 years in Indiana, Philadelphia and Washington DC areas.

I hold a Bachelor of Music Education from DePauw University (2010) and a Masters of Music in String Pedagogy from Temple University. I am certified K-12 instrumental/general music teacher in the state of Virginia. Currently, I am an orchestra director in Fairfax County Public Schools, I perform locally and teach from my home studio in Arlington.

I love to engage my students (of all ages) in various ways and find how they learn the best. Most importantly, having fun and working through the learning process! My philosophy is that we never stop learning! I consider myself a student always learning from my own students!

I look forward to offering my musical expertise and experience working with you to grow musically, technically and to reach your goals!!

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Orchestra Director
Aug 2016 - Present
Fairfax County Public Schools

Strings Teacher
Jul 2017 - Jul 2018
Stallion Summer Strings

Strings Teacher
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
Vienna Summer Strings

Substitute Cello Teacher/Ensemble Conductor
Apr 2016 - Jul 2016
Play On Philly

I currently substitute for group intermediate and advanced cello class. Additionally, I substitute as an ensemble conductor with the intermediate and advanced orchestra groups. These group classes and ensemble met at Freire Middle School in Center City

Teaching Artist
Feb 2015 - Jun 2016
Tune Up Philly

Tune Up Philly is an after school El Sistema music program which is affiliated with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. It provides music instruction several days a week to parochial and charter school students aged elementary through middle school. Students learn to play their instrument of choice and more importantly how to become upstanding and involved citizens in their community.

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Sep 2014 - May 2015
Philadelphia String Project

Cello Teacher
Apr 2012 - Aug 2014
Music and Arts

I maintained a cello studio of over 25 cellists. I would give weekly 30 minute lessons. I would help students prepare for school auditions, youth symphony auditions and solo auditions. I have also served for two years as a cello adjudicator for the Northern Virginia Region Solo and Ensemble events. Additionally, every spring I would hold an all studio cello recital where students showcased their hard work and practice!

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Substitute Teacher
Jun 2013 - Jun 2014
Fairfax County Public Schools

I substitute taught for String Orchestra teachers in the Fairfax County Public Schools system. I have worked with Elementary, Middle and High School orchestra programs

Principal Cellist/Sectional Teacher/Staff Member
Apr 2011 - Jul 2011
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (International Program)

I served as the principal cellist of the International Youth Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, I traveled with the youth orchestra around Europe staying with host families in Germany, France and Belgium for one month. As a sectional teacher, i coached the high school cellists on passage work in sectionals before and during the tour. As a staff member, I ensured the safety and organized of my assigned groups. Overall, an amazing experience for any musician or teacher.

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Masters of Music
Aug 2014 - May 2016
Temple University
Bachelor of Music Education
Aug 2006 - May 2010
DePauw University


Limited Proficiency


Suzuki Cello Teacher
Jul 2016
Suzuki Association of the Americas

I am a registered Suzuki Cello teacher in Book 1.

Collegiate Professional License
Jun 2015
Commonwealth of Virginia

Recently, re-certified to teach Instrumental Music Pre-K through 12th grade in the state of Virginia


Suzuki Association of the Americas
Apr 2016

The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America.

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American String Teachers Association
Jan 2013

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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National Association for Music Education
Jun 2011

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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Photo by Robert M.

Photo by Robert M.

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8 Reviews

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Rebeca O. Sep 4, 2018
Cello · In studio

is easy to see how the special is, and he did that a very dificult experience (like the 1st day lesson in Chelo is) , like if were something easy to learn!

Thanks Robert!!!

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Jeb C. Jul 5, 2018
Cello · In studio

He is an awesome tutor, and I learn a lot from this lesson. Unlike my previous tutor, he uses his cello to demonstrate things. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who wants to improve at playing the cello.

Erin Dec 10, 2017
Cello · In home

I appreciated Robert's clear laying out of discussion for expectations, goals, strategies etc. for lessons. He went out of the way to make me feel comfortable and was very attentive to the lesson.

George Jun 25, 2017
Cello · In home

Robert is great. Professional, knowledgeable, and puts the student at ease. Tailors the lesson to the student's individual needs. Robert is flexible as well when life happens and you need to reschedule.

Graham S. Dec 19, 2016
Cello · In home

Rob is very knowledgable with regard to the cello--he and my 16 year old son hit it off immediately! He asked my son what he wanted to work on and then they spent the next 45 minutes working on those things. After the lesson, we worked out a continuing schedule of classes for the next few months. We are very happy with Rob as a tutor for my son and equally happy with TakeLessons!

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Finn S. Dec 18, 2016
Cello · In home

Rob has been a wonderful and engaging instructor for my 9 year old son. He explains new concepts clearly and is patient providing adjustments and corrections.

Lily Oct 23, 2015
Cello · In home

Rob is a great teacher. I hired him to help me play a song at a friend's wedding, having not played cello in years. He had some really helpful tricks up his sleeve to help reinforce the things we went over in each lesson, like bow technique and posture.
Rob was also very flexible in terms of what we focused on at each lesson. Working with him, it's easy to tell that cello and teaching are both passions of his.

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Jean K. Jun 15, 2015
Cello · In home

Rob is clearly very happy teaching strings, and his enthusiasm is contagious. My 15 year old really looks forward to her weekly lessons with him. In addition to his dedication and talent as a teacher, Rob is prompt and organized.

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