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Arlette C.

Reseda, CA

My style of teaching is to teach each child one step at a time, through method training. Each child/Adult has their own learning curve and I adjust accordingly. Each lesson is fun and yet a learning time. I love teaching and it feeds every day. I always can see more students.

About Arlette

Arlette C. grew up and attended schools in Culver City, California. She attended Los Angeles Valley College where she received an Associate of Arts degree in Music. She then received a partial scholarship and received the Margaret Aue Award for outstanding cellist while attending California State University at Northridge, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance. She went on to attend University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a full scholarship and graduated with a Master of Music degree in cello performance.
After her graduation in 1984, she toured Europe for eigh
t months playing cello with the Schatz Theater Group, an American opera company. Upon her return from Europe, she was hired to play in various orchestras in Michigan. In 1991, she returned to California and was named Operations Manager with the Inland Empire Symphony Orchestra in San Bernardino. In 1994, she moved back to Culver City, where she began to work for Cedars Sinai Medical Center in 1997. Noticing the lack of any significant orchestra in Culver City she founded the Culver City Chamber Orchestra, with a mission of developing classical music interest in young audiences.
After she founded the Culver City Chamber Orchestra in 1997, she created the Just For Kids Youth Symphony Orchestra (2006-2008). With the Just For Kids group, she taught music fundamentals, music history, musicianship, and orchestral repertoire.
Ms. Arlette as well is the Founder and Music Director of her own orchestra and has attended several conducting workshops throughout the United States hosted by world renowned teachers such as Harold Faberman, Apo Hsu, Eduardo Navega, Marin Alsop, Lawrence Golan, Leonard Slatkin, Christoph Eschenbach, Otto Werner-Mueller, and Daniel Lewis. Her current conducting coach is Mr. John Koshak.
She has taught at Bloom School of Music In 2013. She is successfully conducting with the Culver City Chamber Orchestra, and is a free-lance cellist, and holds two wonderful cello studios in Culver City and Reseda.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are fun and entertaining, but you (the student) will always learn something). You will first learn the basics like posture, sitting properly, cello basics, then we actually play the cello. Yeah!!!! You play a line or two or three, then we play together!!! We do this a couple of times with several different fingers on the strings so you can get used to it. Repeating this over and over gives you lots of confidence and mastery!!!
At the 6 month mark I hold a recital for all my students who must participate so that I and your parents can see the progress you have made in these 6 months. And both you and I should be very proud of the work You have put into playing the cello!!!

*** Specialties ***
Methods I teach are traditional scales, etudes, broken thirds and easy pieces to difficult ones. Styles I keep range from the entire classical era from Bach to 21st century music to Broadway and some jazz.
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Kristin ysla March 29, 2016
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Amazing teacher and so nice! :)
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Antonia September 19, 2015
Cello · In studio
I am a now heading off to be a freshman in college after studying with Arlette for over ten years. I began as a shy six year old and can say I am so glad my mother encouraged me to study cello with Arlette. Arlette is both patient and stern in her teaching style. Every criticism was constructive and every praise warm and ernest. She helped me not only in my studies as a solo cellist, but as an orchestral cellist as well. I am so grateful and happy I to have studied with Arlette and encourage all those young (or older) cellists, whether they are beginning or more advanced, to study with Arlette.
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Victoria R. June 15, 2015
Cello · Online
Fantastic Lesson!
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Arlette C.

Arlette C.

Culver City, CA 90230
(8)
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$45 / 45-min
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Monica D.

Downey, CA

I have been playing the Cello for the past 11 years. I have been an active private teacher for 5 years and a performer for over 7 years.

About Monica

My desire to grow my private studio stems from my passion in sharing my love for music. My hopes are to continue igniting the spark of creativity in children of all ages. Through my teaching, I strive to instill a sense of discipline, appreciation, and passion in my students.
I am 100% committed to providing customized lessons to carter each and every students needs that I have. My students learn more than just learning how to play the cello, they learn how to become self sufficient and how to unlock their creativity.
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Caleb H. February 12, 2016
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Very good introduction lesson!
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Sarina A. November 19, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson, I'm excited to see what else Monica can teach my daughter.
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Monica D.

Monica D.

Downey, CA 90241
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Claire M.

Long Beach, CA

I teach private cello lessons to all levels and ages. Online or at my place for 30, 45, or 60 minutes. Take a look through my bio and profile and let me know if you have any questions.

About Claire

Claire M, received her Master’s of Music in cello performance from California State University Long Beach’s Cole Conservatory of Music where she was a student of Dr. David Garrett, cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has performed in the Los Angeles Cello Society concert series and as a participant in the California Chamber Music Institute. She has attended master classes with Anthony Elliott and Julia Lichten at the Aria International Summer Academy. Recently, she has attended the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute and was trained in Suzuki pedagogy by Rick Mooney.

Prior to her studie
s at CSULB, Claire attended the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music where she received her Bachelor’s of Music in cello performance. While at Hartt, she studied with Steven Thomas and Mihai Tetel.

Currently, she is a member of the Dana Point Symphony and Symphony Irvine and has previously performed with the Debut Orchestra and the Orange County Collegiate Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Los Angeles based cello quartet, Love4Cello. She is also the cello teacher at Fullerton College as well as the cello coach at Renaissance High School for the Arts in Long Beach. Since 2008, she has freelanced and taught privately around the Los Angeles area including her private studio in Long Beach.
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JayAre January 25, 2016
Cello · Online
Verified Student
Great 1st lesson! Definitely helped set me in the right direction. 😸👍
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Mina H. October 24, 2015
Cello · Online
Verified Student
I was at first a bit skeptical about online lessons, but it was as if Claire was teaching me face to face! She is a gifted teacher. I would recommend her for any age range. And the difference in location and time zones helped me find a suitable time for lessons to fit my schedule.
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Deborah W. September 9, 2015
Cello · Online
Verified Student
A very patient teacher for beginners. Very thorough with technique. Corrects issues that could become bad habits.
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Claire M.

Claire M.

Long Beach, CA 90814
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Michelle P.

Gardena, CA

My degree is in cello performance and I have been teaching cello since I was a student myself! Instruction in cello includes standard methods including Suzuki, Popper, Schroeder, although I can absolutely offer coaching in popular and jazz styles if the student prefers. Cello is a very versatile instrument, and I want to make sure I give my clients the kind of knowledge they wish to gain. Go cello!

About Michelle

>>>PLEASE NOTE: I have reopened my studio to accommodate more students, but my availability is very limited. The listed availability in my calendar is accurate; please do not attempt to book lessons on days I am not available, as I will have to say no. :( I'm sorry for the scarcity of times, I am very busy. Please continue reading to find out more about my teaching. Thanks!

Hello, students and parents!!!

My name is Michelle Packman (yes, kinda like the video game!), and I'm a professional, full-time cellist and music teacher in Southern California.

I have had the opportunity to do so
many cool things with music over the years! I get to travel to other states, play in beautiful places like Carnegie Hall, give lectures at music schools, play in music videos with famous rock bands, even record for video games like League of Legends, and cues in prime time televion! Wow, how lucky am I? It all seems surreal. How did I get to do all of those cool things?

It's because I had so many awesome, loving, caring mentors who were there for me all of those times I got down on myself and felt like giving up. Those moments on the road to fulfillment are huge stepping stones, moments I will never forget and always have to lean on when I am filled with doubt. The power of an encouraging word of a mentor is priceless, and I believe the blessings I have are a testament to the presence of compassionate mentors in my life.

I've been teaching music for almost ten years, reaching hundreds of brilliant kids since I started teaching in my parents' house as a high school aged "orchestra member in-training", up through college and now in several teaching studios. I've always tried to be for my students like those mentors who were there for me.

To earn my performance degree, I attended the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music and studied with this really scary guy, Dr. David Garrett of the LA Phil. (He was only scary when I didn't practice hehehe). One of the things Dr. Garrett insisted I learned was how to teach the entire Suzuki repertoire for cello. This has come in handy just as much as all of the concertos and sonatas and etudes and hours of practice. Thanks Dr. G! :D

My teaching philosophy is centered around fostering a connection between music and happiness. The necessarily includes loads of encouragement, fun, the occasional happy dance, discovering musical intuition (basic improvisation and listening), a holistic knowledge of music (basic theory and history), anxiety management, and life-long lessons about the value of concentration and hard work. I believe in getting to know my students personally, and usually take some time out of every lesson to catch up on my students' lives. This may seem like a waste of time, but in fact is extremely important for the student to feel as though they belong in my studio and, in a broader sense, the world of music.

I FIRMLY OPPOSE harsh teaching methods like intimidation and over-work. If you're looking for someone to be mean to your child, please look elsewhere. As one of my teaching colleagues says, "students are precious". I believe a child's life is worth every effort, and this includes teaching them that success doesn't have to come at the cost of happiness.

I specialize in a couple instruments, but my most demanded subjects are all levels of cello (ages 7 and up), beginning piano (kids ages 5-12), intermediate viola, violin, bass, and guitar. Also, for students in Certificate of Merit or college level theory courses, I have a very good knowledge of music theory and offer all levels of music theory instruction (happy dances for older students included upon request).

Thanks so much for taking the time to read about my life and my teaching. Please ask any questions! I respond quickly and will get back to you asap!

Best,
Michelle
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Amanda Hill March 11, 2016
Cello · Online
Verified Student
I really enjoy taking cello lessons from Michelle. She is easy to get along with and very knowledgeable.
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Lori T. November 5, 2015
Cello · Online
Verified Student
My 9-year-old son has been taking cello lessons from Michelle for the past 1.5 months or so. I find her to be an excellent teacher. Michelle shows a genuine interest in my son, asking him about how he's doing and has the excellent ability to break down complex musical concepts into small, teachable increments. Not all teachers can do this and Michelle does it very well! She is encouraging and never demeaning, but is careful to point out weaknesses and models how to improve. She keeps the lesson going and packs much into 30 minutes. Her rewards program for younger students is highly motivating for my son! I have a BA in Music myself, and would highly recommend Michelle!
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Dora October 5, 2015
Cello · In studio
Michelle is a great teacher. I just feel I can make progress and really can learn from her class. Even though it is just my second class with her, but i love to have her classes. I can feel that every class she has some plan and know what kind of information should be covered by the class. Even though I am adult beginner, she treats me seriously to really teach me something. And every small thing, she will explain to me and make sure i can understand. It is very important because even though i am an adult, i am still the beginner and know nothing about cello. i love her class a lot and think i can really keep learning with her. BTW, her class is also very interesting and i can feel that she is a very experienced cello teacher.
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Michelle P.

Michelle P.

Gardena, CA 90247
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Ryan S.

Los Angeles, CA

Experienced cello teacher of 7 years! For beginners, my lesson plan is simple : 1. we start off with basic scales 2. we focus on tone + proper bow-technique, and 3. we play sheet-music (classical compositions or songs chosen by the student). The time devoted to each portion of the lesson is totally adjustable. In other words, you will learn what you want to learn at your own pace. Lessons can be done at my apartment, your place, or online.

About Ryan

Experienced cello, drum, and piano player with a BFA degree in Music Composition (CalArts). Have recorded professionally for tv shows such as "Glee," "Entertainment Tonight," and "Extra."
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Robert Charles April 3, 2016
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Well I'm in my second year of cello and Ryan has been a tremendous and very positive part of it!! His attention and feedback have always been positive and he pushes me to challenge myself which I love. I'm so grateful to have found Ryan and I look forward to every lesson! I plan on having him as my teacher for as long as I can and highly suggest to anyone looking to learn the cello to try him out. You'll be as happy as I am that you did!!
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TANEISHA C. January 8, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Ryan is Awesome! He is very patient with my 9yr old. We've been taking drum lessons for a little over 2 months and my son already knows how to read sheet music, and even learned to play a few songs. I am very impressed! Ryan is very encouraging and positive during the lessons. My son leaves with a sense of motivation and confidence after every lesson! As long as he keeps his interest in playing drums, we will certainly stick with Ryan. Thanks, Ryan!!!
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Nina K. December 13, 2015
Cello · Online
Verified Student
Ryan was great. He put to ease a nervous almost 8 year old and was very skilled at playing her music "on tap." He hadn't seen some of the music until the lesson but you would never know it. He picked out many great things in her playing that made the overall piece sound better and more developed. We're looking forward to our next lesson.
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Ryan S.

Ryan S.

Los Angeles, CA 90013
(11)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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