Ted Leininger

Ted L.

Denver, CO
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Cello Lessons, Cello technique, Cello Jazz, Cello Pop, Cello classical, Cello improvisation

About Ted L.

Hello to future students!
You can call me Ted, Theo, Theodore, or by my most commonly used title, Cello man. I teach in the Denver/Lakewood area. I've been playing cello for 10+ years and have experience in almost everything performers are doing with the cello going into 2020, including: Classical performance, recording, gigging, improvisation, looping and effects, related computer software like Musescore and protools, and arranging cello performances of pop songs. I also teach students that simply enjoy the cello as a hobby and play for themselves as a form of meditation and self-care.
I teach with a set curriculum in mind that bends to where my individual students' passions lie; no matter what your goal is with the cello, I believe l will be able to guide my students in achieving it.
The biggest factor that keeps me dedicated to the cello is how much fun I have playing it, and I do my best to create this passion in my students. I respect the tradition of the instrument but am not afraid to deviate from it at any opportunity.

Hard work and discipline (not to mention having fun) can create many opportunities for an inexperienced cellist. As a teacher, I aim to create the same passion for music in students that I have enjoyed throughout my career. I employ a similar teaching style to the best professors I have studied under and therefore teach any genre on cello. The best reason to learn an instrument is so that you can eventually transcend it.

Below is a short biography:

Ted Leininger began playing cello after listening to a video game soundtrack (Zelda!) that had a great cello part in it. After that, he never stopped. Starting as the last chair cellist in high school, he was in the advanced orchestra group by his senior year of high school.

At Metro State University he studied under Charles Lee, the Principal cellist of the Boulder philharmonic. He thoroughly studied classical technique before transferring to UCDenver as a double major in Cello performance and Audio Engineering. He studies various types of music, pursuing genres like Jazz and Bluegrass in addition to Classical. He performs with independent singer-songwriters and has experience gigging as a studio musician and band member.


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He's great and friendly

Posted Dec 1, 2018
Shonda N.
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Looking forward to more lessons!

Posted Aug 17, 2016
Shonda N.
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Looking forward to more lessons!

Posted Aug 17, 2016
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Ted was great! patient and kind with my daughter

Posted Feb 22, 2016
Keiko Barringer
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Ted is.a wonderful teacher! He obviously has a true passion for the cello and it permeates the lessons. I find myself inspired after each lesson and it carries through until the next one. He's always upbeat and truly helpful! He's also extremely patient - a true gift in a teacher. I'm a beginner and he's been great. I'm sure he's wonderful for more advanced students too, as he's very proficient and knowledgeable! I would definitely recommend him!

Posted Jan 19, 2016

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Professional Cellist and teacher at American Music School
Jan 2008 - Present

American Music School

Cello performance Degree from UC Denver along with Audio Engineering. In addition to studying under several cellists, I've been teaching for 7 years and have experience with all age groups (from 5 to 85) and learning types. Children 10 years of age and under must be accompanied by their parents to every lesson.


Music Education from MSU Denver
May 2018 - Present

Metropolitan State University

Cello performance
Aug 2014 - May 2018

University of Colorado Denver



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