Thomas Lin

Thomas L.

Santa Monica, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I have been teaching cello for 5 years to students of all levels, ages 5 - 72. I tailor my lessons to the specific goals and needs of each individual student. Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced student, I will strive to provide you with strong fundamentals while helping you discover the joy of playing the cello!

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Thomas delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a professional cellist with a Bachelor's of Music in Cello Performance from UC Santa Barbara. In addition to my studies at UC Santa Barbara, I have performed in masterclasses for Yo-Yo Ma, the Danish String Quartet, and Enrico Pace. I have also performed orchestral, chamber, and solo cello music throughout the United States, Canada, Austria, Czech Republic, and Taiwan.

As a cello teacher, I have taught beginning, intermediate, and advanced students from ages 5 - 72. Some of my students have gone on to study music at the collegiate level at institutions such as Cal Arts and NYU. Through my teaching experience, I am able to provide my students with a well-rounded teaching approach, and I tailor lessons to most effectively help my students meet their individual goals.

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Private Cello Instruction
Jan 2014 - Present
Thomas Lin, Cellist

Providing private instruction to students of all levels.

Principal, Assistant Principal, and Section Cello
Sep 2015 - Jun 2019
UC Santa Barbara Chamber Players Orchestra

Substitute Cello
Sep 2016 - May 2018
American Youth Symphony

Guest Assistant Principal Cello
Dec 2016 - Dec 2016
Opera San Luis Obispo


Bachelor's of Music - Cello Performance
Sep 2015 - Jun 2019
UC Santa Barbara


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Mandarin Chinese
Professional Proficiency


Casals Cello Scholarship
Sep 2015
UC Santa Barbara
Concerto Competition - 1st Prize
Jun 2015
Palisades Symphony

Photos & Videos

Masterclass with Yo-Yo Ma

Performing a Bach Cello Suite at the Granada Theater in Santa Barbara, CA.

Performance of "The Jet Whistle"

3 Reviews

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Christopher Aug 15, 2019
Cello · In home

Thomas gave lessons to my daughter and I have never been happier with her improvement over the past two months. He was a great help during my daughter's honor orchestra auditions.

Blake Aug 11, 2019
Cello · In home

My cello lessons with Thomas were some of the most fun experiences I've had with music. He is incredibly clear and encouraging. He helped me discover the joy of playing the cello, and I am forever grateful for that!

Jessica Aug 11, 2019
Cello · In home

Thomas was incredibly flexible and punctual with our lesson times. Through three years of lessons with Thomas, I was able to develop key technical skills and confidence in my playing. He takes his time when I run into difficult passages and is incredibly encouraging. Definitely recommend!

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