Timothy Leonard

Timothy L.

Brooklyn, NY

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My goal is to inspire my students to perform at their best by learning to problem solve. I have extensive performing experience with musicians ranging from the Juilliard Quartet to Jon Batiste and am happy to coach my students on any style of music. One of my specialties is audition preparation; you can trust me to get you ready for your next NYSSMA or school audition.
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Timothy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

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I am an experienced cellist across many genres: you might have heard my playing on Late Night with Stephen Colbert, at venues like Barclays Center and BAM, or in more intimate settings like Bargemusic. I have performed across the globe, in tours through China, Australia, Italy, and Mexico. Here are some musicians I have collaborated with

I received my bachelor's degree in cello performance and music education as a scholarship student at Rutgers University, where I studied with Jonathan Spitz. I recently completed my master's degree in cello performance as a scholarship student at Aaron Copland School of Music, where I won the concerto competition, performed solo with the orchestra, and played in the school's scholarship chamber group. I went to Eastern Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, and Round Top Festival Institute, where I was principal cellist. Additionally, I was a teaching fellow at the Maine Chamber Music Seminar in Sidney, ME.

I have extensive teaching experience. I was the director of elementary strings in Warren, NJ and I taught in El Sistema-inspired programs throughout NJ. I maintained a private studio at Rutgers Prep in Somerset, NJ and am now teaching privately in Brooklyn and throughout NYC.

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Strings Instructor
Sep 2015 - Jun 2016
Sonic Explorations

Director of Elementary Strings
May 2013 - Jun 2015
Warren Township Schools


Cello Performance, MM
Sep 2016 - Jun 2018
Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College
Cello Performance and Music Education, BM
Sep 2008 - Dec 2012
Rutgers University


K-12 Music
Mar 2013
New Jersey State Board of Education

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