Theresa Strange
Honolulu, HI
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Theresa Strange

Theresa S.

Honolulu, HI
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Electric, acoustic and all manners of the varieties of the instrument

About Theresa S.

Theresa S. holds a Master of Music degree from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science in Music (Performance) from Texas Woman's University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, in 1997 and featured in the 1995-1997 editions of the National Dean's List, inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa, Gamma Beta Phi, and Mu Phi Epsilon organizations, serving as the Mu Chi Chapter President from 1998-99. She holds a valid certificate from the Texas Board for Educator Certification and an advanced license from the Hawai'i Teacher Standards Board. While attending SMU she was a Meadows Scholar. In 2000, she was accepted into the prestigious Musica Schola Cantorum program in Paris (an extension collaboration through Julliard). A multiple award winner and featured in Who's Who; she was trained classically while studying with Carlo Pezzimenti and Robert Guthrie. Theresa has extensive experience with MIDI implementation of modern rack gear and the use of effects, amplification and programming.

As a composer, she studied with Robert Frank, Mark Dal Porto and attended masterclasses with Donald Erb, Wynton Marsalis and Samuel Adler to name a few. Her compositions have been performed in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Florida. A commissioned composer, her Dualities for Clarinet, Brass Ensemble, Electronics and Percussion; Fantasia pour Cor; Feline Romp for solo clarinet; are works performed in the classical idiom. Plains of Lhasa and Tearing were composed in the electro-acoustic medium. She is a member of ASCAP, TMEA, TODA, ASTA, and self publishes. She has performed internationally and in addition to her professional schedule, taught music technology related courses and music theory at Collin College, Spring Creek Campus as well as applied cello studies at Brazosport College. Theresa was nominated for a Grammy in 2016 and 2017. In 2017, Theresa relocated her private teaching studio to Honolulu. She retired as the Head Music Director of the orchestra program at Brazosport High School and its feeder school system in 2017.

Theresa believes that there is no substitute for a "hands on" teacher that can aid in correcting bad posture, hand positions and technique to name but a few that online instructors will never catch or correct. Additionally having the student in front of you helps diagnose their deficiencies (Front and side perspectives) including issues with their instrument. This is why she does not offer online lessons for those that ask.


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Very comfortable setting. With no music experience but I am learning to play an acoustic guitar. Theresa is patient and explains everything thoroughly. She makes herself available between lessons if I have a quick question. I highly recommend taking lessons from her.

Posted May 28, 2021
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Look no further if your on Oahu. Theresa Strange is who you are looking for if you want to take your musicianship to the next level. A keen and thoughtful teacher, every lesson has been money well spent. 11/10 ⭐️

Posted Mar 13, 2021
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Theresa is a wonderful teacher. I am a beginning cello student but with 12 years of upright bass experience, and she tailors our lessons to match my classical knowledge and play style with the basics required transitioning to a new instrument. She has an incredible depth of knowledge and communicates it in a way that is easily understood and and applied, regardless of whether it's bow technique, musical phrasing, or historical in nature. It has made learning a new instrument a great joy - thanks, Theresa!

Posted Oct 5, 2020
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Can't wait to bang-out the drills

Posted Sep 11, 2020
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A Great lesson today. Mahalo.

Posted Aug 24, 2020
Mia P.
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Theresa is one of the most amazing teachers I ever had. I am an adult student, so I was a bit nervous about starting the cello; but Theresa is so laid back, it was easy to feel comfortable around her instantly.
Her knowledge about everything music is mind blowing, and together with her music philosophies, just puts me in total awe of her.
Her lessons are fun, she is encouraging and patient, and I am amazed at how much she has taught me in a relative short time. I am always looking forward to our lessons. I highly recommend her.

Posted Aug 18, 2020
Sam H.
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Teresa is an excellent music instructor. She teaches not only how to play guitar but also explains principles of guitar cords and music in general. I think this is very important to person like me who just started to play guitar.

Posted Aug 14, 2020
Minnie K.
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Today was my daughter’s second lesson from Theresa.
My daughter loves to learn from her and she wants to come twice a week. Theresa is a very kind and detailed teacher. She is also humorous too. My daughter feels comfortable with her. I think she is a very nice teacher.

Posted Jun 12, 2020
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Ms. Strange was so helpful during my time working with her! She's patient, kind, has a wonderful sense of humor, but above all that: an outstanding cellist.

Posted Feb 15, 2020
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Mrs. Strange is the best teacher I have ever had. She is always well prepared going into every lesson. The lessons are clear, concise, and constructive. She does her best to adjust her teaching style to you for the best progress possible. Mrs. Strange gets to know you and cares for every student equally. She does not view you as another student because every student is important to her. You can go to her for any problems you are having with technique, tone quality, sound projection, or any other problem you may have as a student and she will work through the problems with you until you feel comfortable enough to move on to other troubles you are having. Every lesson with Mrs. Strange has a reason, you will never waste time or money with her as a teacher because she can help you achieve new heights as a musician and then surpass them. She taught me everything I needed to know in order to make it into a university for music performance and she still helps me to this day when I am struggling. I recommend her as a teacher to anyone who wants to become a better musician.

Posted Feb 11, 2020
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Very good teacher

Posted Jan 9, 2020
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Theresa is most excellent. There's no question that she knows music and is an accomplished musician, but the real trick is being able to share that talent with a saugsage-fingered doob such as myself. And make it seem a reasonable proposition, something you could do. She has an innate style of instruction that is at once comforting and challenging,setting the bar ever higher while giving enough encouragement that you want to do better. My highest recommendation.

Posted Sep 7, 2019
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Amazing amazing amazing. I learned so much and had fun at the same time. Theresa has a great and friendly personality, it's such a joy working with her. If you want to learn Cello, I highly recommend her.

Posted May 29, 2019
Myra T.
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Awesome it and learning a lot of what I was expecting!

Posted May 19, 2018
Carolina Aguilar
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Theresa is amazing! My daughter has been taking cello classes for a few months and has greatly improved. Theresa is very knowledgeable, patient, encouraging, understanding and also has a great sense of humor.

Posted Jun 27, 2017
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Theresa is very patient and understanding. She is very easy to talk to and gives the motivation to keep me going. Our lessons are always upbeat, fun, and I feel confident when I leave.

Posted May 19, 2017
Tom E.
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Theresa has been superb in all areas of teaching--pacing, expectations, understanding, tone, content coverage, core skills---you name it. Highly recommended!

Posted Mar 28, 2017
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So helpful!

Posted Mar 26, 2017
Tom E.
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Terrific lessons--excellent musical pointers and close score study incorporated into essential period music style points. A lot gets packed into the 30 min time frame, leaving me with solid guidance for homework and practice between lessons. Great experience!

Posted Feb 18, 2017
Jeff Hartsell
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Very informative and very easy to work with.

Posted Feb 5, 2017
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Theresa is very knowledgeable and easy to work with. Highly recommend for anyone looking to try something completely new, or improving on an already strong skill set

Posted Dec 21, 2016
Cori D.
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Theresa is the best! I am 28 years old and have never played cello before now, and she makes me feel comfortable and encouraged each lesson. She's is relatable, and her teaching style is fun. She makes you want to learn. I am sure if you were good at your instrument ( unlike me) she could push you along as well. I only wish I practiced more for her ! Because she deserves the best students out there.

Posted Oct 17, 2016

Very great lessons. Really helps with address my fundamentals on the violin!

Posted Oct 17, 2016
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Made me feel confident and took away all my fears. I know I will be able to do it now!

Posted Oct 17, 2016
Alex S.

She is very good teacher. We're very happy to study with her

Posted May 2, 2016
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I had my first lesson this past weekend. I was pretty nervous but Theresa made me feel at ease with just holding my cello!! She is very very knowledgeable! I am fired up about doing my homework and ultimately our next lesson!!

Posted May 2, 2016
Jonathan P.
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Theresa had such patience with my 11yr old son. We will be continuing lessons. He enjoys learning to play the guitar. Awesome beginning experience!

Posted Apr 22, 2016
Ethan B.
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Theresa was very nice and easy to get along with, and she teaches very well.

Posted Mar 20, 2016
Jessica K.
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This was my first lesson after ten years of not playing. I was initially nervous, but Theresa made me feel comfortable and was very patient. Already feeling more confident and excited about playing again! Highly recommend.

Posted Mar 1, 2016
Jessica K.
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This was my first lesson after ten years of not playing. I was initially nervous, but Theresa made me feel comfortable and was very patient. Already feeling more confident and excited about playing again! Highly recommend.

Posted Feb 28, 2016
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Fun experience. Does an excellent job of holding your attention. Looking forward to the many lessons to come!

Posted Feb 28, 2016
cornelius matwijecky
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Extremely knowledgeable in so many facets of music! Very good communicator and facilitator making understanding very easy. Very personable with a great sense of humor . Makes music fun!

Posted Feb 1, 2016
Katie D.
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This was a great first lesson with Theresa. She did a great job getting to know my 11 year old daughter and listening to her explain her previous experience, as well as listening to her play.

Posted Feb 1, 2016
Maria M.
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I had my first lesson with Theresa. It was great. She was patient and encouraging. I can't wait for my next lesson.

Posted Jan 17, 2016
Kimberly D.
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Theresa is a wonderful teacher! I have had many private lessons teachers, and she is by far the best. She is incredibly patient with me (especially when I get frustrated and struggle with a particular technique) and always challenges me each and every lesson. I feel that her pricing is very fair (my previous teachers charged much higher rates) and she is flexible whenever I cannot meet for lesson (given advance notice). I highly recommend her for anyone looking for teacher --- young child or adult. I have only had her for acoustic guitar lessons, but I imagine she is probably just as competent at teaching other instruments.

Posted Jul 29, 2015
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Theresa is a great teacher. She is nice and patient.

Posted Jul 5, 2015
Tyler Maffei
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Incredibly knowledgeable and versatile, yet perfectly personable, Theresa has been an absolute treasure of a teacher. From the very start, she has made the extra effort to relate our lessons to my particular musical interests and aspirations, while also just being tremendously fun to talk to. If she weren't the best music teacher I'd had the privilege of working with (which she certainly is), I'd probably still recommend her for the repartee alone.

Posted Jun 29, 2015
Stefan Kesler
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Theresa is a great teacher. My son is a beginner and has attention issues. For the two sessions he has had with her, she has been very patient with him.

Posted Jun 29, 2015
Alicia T.
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My daughter loves her Cello lessons from Theresa. She is learning and feels very welcome and comfortable with Theresa. Theresa is very personable and knowledgeable. My daughter and I recommend her as a teacher.

Posted Jun 29, 2015
Marcia L.
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I just had my first lesson and Theresa was wonderful!! She is extremely knowledgeable and patient. Every question I asked was answered completely. Teresa guided me in selecting the perfect guitar for me. I feel I am in good hands and lucky to have found someone so professional!!!

Posted Jun 28, 2015
Stacey M.
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I absolutely love working with Teresa! She knows her stuff and works to adapt her lessons to fit my specific skill set. I highly recommend her for anyone wanting to learn the cello.

Posted Jun 27, 2015
charles S.
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I had my first lesson with Theresa today. I am very impressed. She's very friendly and has a deep knowledge of bass and music in general - she showed me some finger exercises for flexibility, we discusses various picking/plucking techniques and went over general bass playing basics (scales, metronome work) for me to practice. We also had a discussion about how great we think John Entwistle is :)

I am very pleased and look forward to growing as a musician under her tutelage.

Posted May 16, 2015
Austin P.
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Mrs. Strange is a great teacher. She listens to her student when they are having trouble. She easily recognizes a students weaknesses and shows them how to build on them to make them a strength. This does not allow a student to start making mistakes which can easily become habits. You will learn to play your instrument properly and consistantly. Kind caring and compassionate I highly recommend her to anyone that really wants to learn to play.

Posted May 6, 2015
Sari H.
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This review is for myself and my daughter who are both taking lessons with Theresa. We give Theresa S. 5 stars each for being a great teacher and 5 stars for her location being very good for us. In addition, she made us feel very comfortable as if we had known her a long time. Her passion for her music and love of teaching makes her very enjoyable to be with. When we hit a bad note, her enthusiasm and the way we kept moving forward, I found, made us strive harder to get it right. We are both looking forward to many weeks under her direction.

Posted Mar 19, 2015
Mike H.
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What can I say? She is amazing. She is so tuned into what is going on with her students. Great teaching skills, she knows her craft, and her personality lets you know right away that it is going to be a relaxed pleasant stress free atmosphere that creates the perfect environment to learn. She is patient and is a joy to be around. My whole attitude has been changed from I wonder if is possible for me to learn to play the violin, to I am so excited at the fact that in time, that I actually will be proficient at playing. For that I am so thankful!

Posted Mar 18, 2015

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Applied Music Professor - Cello
Sep 2016 - Present

Brazosport College

Instruct performance major students in cello performance and performance technique, repertoire and ensemble performance.

Private Studio Instructor
Aug 1997 - Present

Self Employed

Successfully maintained a continuous private studio in Dallas since 1997 with student enrollment averaging 2-3 years per student.

Music Director
May 2017 - Aug 2017

St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church


Director of Orchestras and Music Director - Emeritus
Aug 2010 - Mar 2017

Brazosport High School - BISD

Head director of the secondary orchestra program at Brazosport High School and Freeport Intermediate.

Director of Orchestras
Aug 2008 - Sep 2009

Grand Prairie ISD - Reagan and Truman MS

Head orchestra director of two secondary orchestra programs at Reagan and Truman Middle Schools in GPISD.

Director of Orchestras
Jul 2005 - Aug 2008

Lancaster ISD - Lancaster High School

Head orchestra director of the secondary orchestra program at Lancaster ISD.

Instrumental Director
Sep 1997 - Jul 2005

Dallas ISD

Directed instrumental music programs at Reinhardt, Charles Gill, Bayles Elementaries and Sarah Zumwalt MS

Adjunct Professor
Aug 2001 - May 2002

Collin College

Music Theory Sound Reinforcement Technology


Master of Music - Music Composition
Sep 1997 - May 1999

Southern Methodist University - Dallas, TX

Bachelor of Science - Applied Music in Performance
Sep 1995 - Aug 1997

Texas Womans University - Denton, TX

Associate of Science - Music
Sep 1993 - May 1996

Brookhaven College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Advanced Teaching License
Jun 2016

Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board - State of Hawai'i

Personal First Aid / CPR / AED
Jun 2015

Red Cross - AHA

Texas Educator Certification
Sep 2000

Texas Education Agency TEA State of Texas


2016 & 2017 Music Educator Award Nominee
Dec 2015

GRAMMY Foundation

Musica la Schola Cantorum Candidate
Sep 2000


Meadows Scholar
Sep 1997

SMU and the Meadows Foundation

Who's Who of Colleges and University Students
Sep 1997

Who's Who


Texas Orchestra Directors Association
Sep 2005
Welcome to the Texas Orchestra Directors Association! TODA was founded in 1962 for the purpose of providing educational opportunities for its members and for all other purposes as recommended by its board of directors. TODA members are eligible to attend the Annual Convention and New Music Reading Clinic in San Antonio, a rich tradition of networking and friendship with a creative group of music professionals.
American String Teachers Association
Aug 2005
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.
Conductor's Guild
Aug 2005
The Conductors Guild is a non-union organization intended for professional conductors based in the USA. The Guild offers services to enhance the training and development of conductors and promises to represent the views of conductors to the larger community of music professionals.
Texas Music Educators Association
Aug 1998
Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Dec 1997
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.
Mu Phi Epsilon
Aug 1997
Mu Phi Epsilon (ΜΦΕ) is a co-ed international professional music fraternity. Today, Mu Phi Epsilon has chapters both nationally and internationally. The fraternity supports achievement in music through the awarding of grants and scholarships, as well as music competitions, concerts, and summer music programs. Much of this work has been supported by the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, an organization that has been in existence since 1963, as well as fundraising and donations.
Gamma Beta Phi
Sep 1996
Gamma Beta Phi has chapters all across the United States. It regularly inducts thousands of academically excellent students who share its mission of promoting education and providing community service to their colleges and communities. The Society has made a major impact all across America. In recent years, The Gamma Beta Phi Society has collected thousands of books for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, six thousand pairs of shoes for citizens of Iraq, collected thousands of hats for the Heavenly Hats Foundation, thousands of letters to the service men and woman onboard the USS Kitty Hawk, and bought an Ark for Heifer International. The Society’s list of accomplishments is long and impressive; we would love to have you help us in our endeavors.
Phi Theta Kappa
Sep 1994
The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.
College Music Society, The
Aug 1994
The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.

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