Ted Leininger

Ted L.

Denver, CO

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Ted delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 6 to 95 and special needs

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Hello to my prospective future students!
My name is Ted and 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 in the 21st century, including: Classical performance, recording, gigging, improvisation, looping and effects, and arranging cello performances of many pop songs.
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. Here is the closest thing to a mantra I can write:

Hard work and discipline (not to mention having fun) can create many opportunities for an inexperienced cellist. As a teacher, I to create the same passion for music in students that I have enjoyed and wrestled with throughout my career. I employ a similar teaching style to the best professors I have studied under, but also realize the relevance of the cello to modern music 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 that had a great cello part in it. After that, he never stopped. Starting as the last chair cellist, he was in an 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 regularly performs with independent singer-songwriters and is actively gigging as a studio musician and band member.

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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.

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Music Education from MSU Denver
May 2018 - Present
Metropolitan State University
Cello performance
Aug 2014 - May 2018
University of Colorado Denver


Limited Proficiency

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Wake Me Up - Aviici
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4 Reviews

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Shonda N. Aug 17, 2016
Cello · In studio

Looking forward to more lessons!

Shonda N. Aug 17, 2016
Cello · In studio

Looking forward to more lessons!

Paloma Feb 22, 2016
Cello · In studio

Ted was great! patient and kind with my daughter

Keiko Barringer Jan 19, 2016
Cello · In studio

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!

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