Sophie Yu
Morris Plains, NJ
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Sophie Yu

Sophie Y.

Morris Plains, NJ
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. I graduated from Yale school of Music with master degree of cello performance in 2021. I have performed in renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Vienna Konzerthaus, Suntory Hall in Japan, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, I also worked with prestigious conductors including Carolyn Kuan from Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Takacs Nagy from Verbier music festival, Peter Oundjian from Toronto Symphony, David Robertson, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Marin Alsop.

My teaching experience dates back to my college days, as I began teaching private lessons part time 6 years ago, and have been consistently teaching students since then. Encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one of the key points I like to emphasize for younger students, as it tends to help the student progress and gain a passion for the instrument. I've also found that a combination of classical and modern music can go a long way in helping students enjoy cello playing and motivate them to practice and continue to learn. I encourage my student to keep them motivated. I'm always looking to bring on new students of all ages!

About Sophie Y.

Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music! Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I emphasize the importance of basics therefore I usually spend more time developing a solid fundamental skillI that allows my students to progress faster later on when they start playing solo pieces. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs.

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Yiyang
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The way she teaches encourages students to learn more and practice more. She is incredibly nice, knowledgeable, and ready to help.

Posted Jun 1, 2021
Yang
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Sophie is a nice teacher. She is responsible and patient in the lesson. And she takes lesson seriously so I got lots of music knowledge from the lesson. I'm so glad to have lesson with her.

Posted May 30, 2021
Shih-Man
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A wonderful and patient teacher!

Posted May 30, 2021
Evelyn
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Sophie is a very good teacher because she is patient and very attentive to detail. She focuses a lot on fundamentals and she doesn’t let you off the hook until you have everything done as best as you can. She also focuses a lot on technique and intonation. Additionally, she is easy to talk to and explains new concepts really well. She will work with you and personalize your lesson instead of expecting everyone to learn the same way.

Posted May 29, 2021
Ann
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Sophie is an inspiring musician- her professional teaching style and her caring personality have been a great influence on her students. I highly recommend her if you want to explore more classical music!

Posted May 28, 2021
Julia L.
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Sophie is an amazing instructor. She’s very patient, helpful, and professional with my technique. Look forward to my next lesson.

Posted May 27, 2021
Jane
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Sophie is such a sweet and nice teacher! Very well-educated, patient and encouraging. Highly recommend to everyone.

Posted May 27, 2021
Wen
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I’ve been taking lesson with Ms. Sophie for a year. Same time last year I wasn’t even be able to play any tune, and now I am able perform in front of friends and family! Sophie is encouraging and she tailors perfect lesson plan for my needs! Anyone looking for cello lesson, do not hesitate to learn with her, you won’t regret it!

Posted May 27, 2021
April
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My daughter has been taking lessons with Ms. Yu for over 2 years now. She is kind, friendly and patient with students. Thanks to Ms. Yu, my daughter's is able to learn and play music that she loves!

Posted May 27, 2021
joankang
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Sophie is a great teacher with patient and passion, would definitely recommed her for cello lesson!

Posted May 27, 2021
Cheng Shen Chang
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Sophie is a great teacher with patient and passion, would definitely recommed her for cello lesson!

Posted May 26, 2021
AUDI CHANG
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Sophie is a great teacher with patient and passion, would definitely recommed her for cello lesson!

Posted May 26, 2021
Cathereine Shih
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Sophie is a great teacher with patient and passion, would definitely recommed her for cello lesson!

Posted May 26, 2021
Sandy Leo
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Sophie’s class was fun and helped me to improve my skills in a gradual phase. Awesome!

Posted May 25, 2021
Valeria Liu
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She is strict but funny and kind, and she is willing to help and adjust me when I do something wrong.

Posted May 25, 2021
Peter
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Sophie is a responsible, thoughtful, passionate, and inspiring teacher, and one can always learn so much from her splendid playing of any cello repertoire!

Posted May 25, 2021
Alpha
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I'm an adult student with tight working schedule and without enough time practicing playing the cello. Sophie is so understanding to make my lessons flexible and my learning effective and enjoyable. She's my highly recommended five-star teacher.

Posted May 25, 2021
Alpha
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I'm an adult student with busy work schedule and without enough time practicing. Sophie is so understanding and professional that she makes my lessons flexible and my learning effective. She's my highly recommended five-star cello teacher!

Posted May 25, 2021
Daniel
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We feel it's our privilege to have Sophie for our kids' cello learning journey. She not only inspires the students, pay much attention on the position and minor stuff in the very beginning to remain a good habit, but also very well organized post-lesson follow up with detailed guide for the practice between the lessons.
Definitely highly recommend Sophie if you are about time looking for a new cello teacher.

Posted May 25, 2021
Yang Chen
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Excellent teacher! Explain with great detail!

Posted May 25, 2021
Qiao-wen
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Ms. Sophie YU is experienced, professional and patient. Having lesson with her is always enjoyable!

Posted May 25, 2021
Haemin
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Sophie is awesome!! I have improved so much learning with her, she’s so thoughtful and patient and knowledgeable. Best cello teacher I’ve ever met !

Posted May 25, 2021
Ashley
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My son is a 6-year-old beginner and Sophie is very patient with my son. She makes cello learning fun! My son is very active yet he’s willing to behave well and be attentive for the entire hour with Sophie. She teaches my son not only cello playing but also ear training, note reading, and basic music theory with fun games in the lesson. My son adores her and loves learning playing cello with her so much.

Posted May 25, 2021
Elaine
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Very kind and caring teacher!

Posted May 25, 2021
Lobo
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I've been playing cello for eight years and was recommended by a friend to learn with Ms. Sophie Yu. She is professional and watching her demonstrate in class is enjoyable! She provides versatile repertoires for different purpose of practice. With her professional teaching experience, I am able to finish a whole cello concerto with ease! Look forward to learning more from her.

Posted May 24, 2021
Jason
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Excellent teacher who not only has extensive experience and knowledge, but also knows how to communicate and teach the techniques and playing style. She is great at noticing the small details and corrects all aspects of cello skill/technique.

Posted May 24, 2021
Esther
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Sophie is an excellent teacher. She’s kind, patient, and professional. A wonderful instructor ever! I would definitely recommend her to have lesson with.

Posted May 24, 2021

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Education

Cello performance
Sep 2017 - May 2021

Yale School of Music

Languages

Chinese

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English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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