Valeriya Sholokhova

Valeriya S.

Brooklyn, NY

About Valeriya S.

Valeriya teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: September 2008
Last sign in: Today


Hi all!

My name is Valeriya, and I am a graduate of the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. I have been studying cello for over 16 years, and have been teaching privately for 7 of them. I am also currently in the process of getting a Suzuki Teaching certification.

To me, teaching is one of the most satisfying parts of being a professional cellist, and I would love to be able to help you grow as a musician, whether online or in the comfort of your home! As a freelancer, my schedule is flexible, so it wouldn't be hard for me to accommodate your schedule.

I try and keep my teaching as simple as possible, being practical and to the point. The student's feedback of the utmost importance to me, as it guides me towards best suiting their individual needs.

Please don't hesitate to contact me, and I look forward to hearing from you!


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At Stadthalle in Kassel, Germany


Cello Teacher

Sep 2015 - Present
Music Institute of Long Island

Teaching children from elementary school to high school level


Master of Music in Violoncello Performance

Aug 2013 - May 2015
Manhattan School of Music

Bachelor of Music in Violoncello Performance

Aug 2008 - May 2012
The Juilliard School

Languages Spoken


Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Cello Suzuki Method

Jun 2013
Suzuki Association of the Americas

Certified in Books 1-4

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5 Reviews on Valeriya S.

Grace May 8, 2016
Cello · In home
Valeriya has been a great cello teacher for me, as a beginner student. She has helped me to build a strong foundation in basic skills and inspired my confidence. Valeriya is kind and personable, and at the same timer honest in providing constructive criticism. Each lesson, she takes detailed notes to support me in my practice throughout the week. Last but certainly not least, she is flexible with her schedule and always punctual.
Maggie Apr 1, 2016
Cello · Online
I feel very fortunate to be her student. Her teaching style is thoughtful, kind and full of humor. As an an adult beginner student with her I am learning the importance of correct posture, arm and hand position but also understanding meaningful playing comes from soft and supple and not fom tension and strain. I only feel encouraged by her patient, enthusiastic and expert approach.
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Adriana B. Feb 17, 2016
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent communication.
Saemee Dec 23, 2015
Cello · In studio
Valeriya is amazing teacher.

She is always nice, kind and very professional teacher. Her teaching skill is very precisly and exact. when i take a lesson i come up with questions about my bad habits and she fixes the problems straight. She knows what students needs and teach everything she learned from juilliard and Mannes.

I really recommand valeriya to be your teacher all level students. I know she love to be a teacher and i am most proud of my teacher!
Pamela Dec 15, 2015
Cello · In home
I have had several teachers over the years and Valeriya is by far the most knowledgable, patience, listens to your needs for understanding and reading the music and so much fun to be around ! She takes the time to really show you the proper way of holding the cello, and getting the most sound and enjoyment of this instrument. I give her 5+ rating and plan on having her as my teacher for years to come... Thank you Valeriya!!!
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