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.
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.
Victoria R. June 15, 2015
Victoria R. June 15, 2015
Music Performance ·
Arlette C. September 22, 2014
Fabulous cello teacher!!! We are so pleased that our daughter is taking lessons from Arlette. When our daughter wanted to learn cello (2 years ago), Arlette came highly recommended. We were not disappointed! Arlette teaches all aspects of playing the cello, including music theory, and developing musically. She's passionate, caring, patient every step of the way, inspirational, and makes it so much fun!--consequently, my girl recently auditioned and was accepted to play in a high school orchestra (she's a middle school student). She loves playing cello!
My method is one that corresponds to each student's capabilities and desires. The main method book I use for 'cello is by Samuel Applebaum and I incorporate folksongs, classical repertoire plus anything that the student is interested in playing. I do not recommend the Suzuki method - the student will learn all the notes, without marks on the fingerboard. Tone production and how to do it, is key to great playing. Simple stretches prior to playing are suggested. Since there is a lot of repetitive motion in playing a string instrument, good posture, correct bow grip (many are taught incorrectly due to mistakes in beginning books), and effective left hand technique are key to avoiding injuries and sore muscles!
Montana born 'cellist/pianist/ethnomusicologist Dr. Janice, has premiered works, toured solo & with her New American Quartet, while teaching & coaching throughout California. She recorded films, was YoYo Ma's pre-concert lecturer, was an NEH Affiliate Awardee, & she won special Commendation from City Hall in '97 during Los Angeles Week for her work in multi-ethnic communities. Janice enjoyed performing with Herbie Hancock, coaching Samuel L. Jackson for his "'cello playing cop" role, & being featured with her quartet in the Canadian documentary, "Empire of the Word". Janice is Principal 'Cell
ist with the West L.A. Sym., Center Stage Opera & with Symphony 47, also acting as their Orchestra Liaison. Janice has taught both 'cello & piano for about 38 years as well as coached youth and community orchestra 'cello sections, in Southern California. She enjoys teaching all age levels & particularly encourages one to compose their own pieces while learning the music of the great composers, in all styles, including folk music from countries around the world. Lessons will include of course basic technique: scales, arpeggios, warm-up pieces; repertoire from all periods of music including music of the present day and music that involves ensemble playing such as in duets, trios, etc. There are seasonal recitals or what I call "musical get-togethers" where the students play for one another and their families/friends, along with invited guest artists who may be featured on other instruments so the students can experience other ways of making music, including artists from other countries, possibly on their own ethnic instrument. I encourage each student to be creative & expect daily practice so improvement & advancement happens in a consistent way. If a student has a desire to learn a particular piece or style of music, then I will try to weave that into the rest of the repertoire. I aim to teach each student according to their hopes & desires in learning the instrument of their choice. Positive reinforcement & encouragement is at the top of my teaching list - exercises that help one to relax the muscles & warm up the tendons are encouraged so that overuse of the muscles, etc. are hopefully avoided! I wish my teachers had helped me in this area when I was a student because all the rehearsing & performing I did created a lot of muscle & tendon problems, which could have been avoided. Due to my personal experiences, I have gained the wisdom which I now pass on as knowledge to all my students - whether 'cellists or pianists! My bottom line is if you don't enjoy what you are doing then do something else! Music should be fun & as I tell my students, I haven't worked a day in my life music is not work for me performing & teaching music is enjoyable & inspires others which makes me want to do it forever.
*** Lesson Details *** I prefer to teach hour lessons since the first 10-15 minutes are spent in warm-up exercises & tuning of course. Also incorporated is music theory so that one knows about keys, interval relations, chord structure, etc. With regards to the 'cello, one may spend some time on bow technique after warming up the left hand. Each instrument has its own needs & areas that should be addressed, prior to working on a particular piece or pieces. I like to end a lesson by playing a duet with the student which for the 'cello helps with intonation. Solo piano playing should also include playing with another person - it helps one for future occasions which may include accompanying another instrument. In addition, I encourage students to make up their own pieces then eventually record them to a CD. I am looking forward to teaching all ages and types of backgrounds.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a piano with music stands in my studio. Plenty of good lighting as well.
*** Travel Equipment *** For pianists, they should have a regular piano - an electric piano is not the greatest with regards to touch and dynamics, but if that is all they can afford, OK. For 'cellists, they should have their own instrument. Preferably, they should own the 'cello rather than rent unless they are growing, and one has to get a different size to fit their changing body. 'Cellists should also have their own music stand. If necessary, I can bring a music stand. Also, the area where the lesson will occur, should be well lit. I can bring a stand light if necessary.
*** Specialties *** I teach in the Western European string tradition (no Suzuki). I also coach chamber music. I teach privately, one on one, or in a group situation. My 2 instruments I teach of choice are 'cello and piano for all ages and abilities.
Danielle G. June 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
Very fun instructor!
Lynne M. September 30, 2014
My daughter has been taking piano lessons from Janice and we are so happy to have found her! She is a great teacher and really encouraging. My daughter always enjoy going to her lessons and has really progressed since starting with her. It's always exciting to hear the new pieces she has learned as well as the one she is writing herself. Janice has a great sense of humor and makes it easy for the student to enjoy learning.
Sam P. September 28, 2014
Janice has taught me Piano from the time I was 9 years old until I was 17 and leaving for college. She gave me the best experience a young and eager student could ever ask for and now I am entered in the Music Industry program at Drexel University ! I couldn't be more pleased with her jovial manor or her extensive skill. Thanks for everything Janice !
My name is Ray - I'm 26 years old, born in Queens NY. I studied classical music for many years as a youngster at Aaron Copeland School of Music college preparatory program. Here I was also introduced to Jazz, and around the same time began experimenting with synthesizers. I went on to study Electronic Production & Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and quickly became a very sought after studio musician and performer.
I've been successfully teaching many instruments and proficiency levels for over 12 years now. I can say with pride that it is my passion, and I antici
pate teaching being a very important part of the rest of my life.
I enjoy reading science, math, and philosophy, and in addition to teaching am currently working as a pop music producer.
*** Lesson Details *** I consider my music lessons unique because of 3 main reasons:
1. I have a very deep understanding of music, sound, and theory, considering it one of my native languages.
2. I have devoted considerable amounts of time and energy studying neuroscience, which has greatly improved my understanding of the learning process.
3. I have the patience to guide a student through the necessary steps it takes to learn at whatever pace is optimal, in order to maximize the efficiency of the learning process for the individual.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students must have their own instrument, and purchase their own materials upon my request. I can purchase them for you for full and immediate reimbursement.
*** Specialties *** Classical music is my training background, and what I believe to be the most cognitively fulfilling music. That said, I'm a big fan of pop music, and enjoy teaching students their favorite songs from the radio.
I have an extremely thorough understanding of music theory, and am happy to incorporate as much or as little of that as the student's interest dictates, nevertheless maintaining the minimal amount of theory necessary to fully enjoy learning music and the instrument.
Kelly B. March 28, 2014
My son and daughter both take from Ray and they love him!!! My daughter started with him after she had had 2 other teachers and she improved immediately. She loves going to Ray because he teaches her to play the songs that she likes. Now she plays so many songs for memory!! My son loves going to piano and is always excited to see Ray.
Sebastián M. March 7, 2014
When I started taking lessons from Ray I was playing the electric guitar, although I had a classical guitar in my house I did not play it that often. I took my classical guitar once to class and then I started to learn how to play the classical guitar. I went from playing basic peaces of music to playing Minuet in G in a short time. From playing electric guitar about 3 or 4 years to playing classical music in about 1.5 to 2 years. Ray has helped me to increase my knowledge of music.
Cello lessons in my studio, at your home, or on-line.
I have 20 years of playing experience along with a Bachelor's degree in Cello Performance. I was the section leader of my university's orchestra as well as a full-scholarship member of the university quartet. As a professional gigging musician, I have played with Il Divo, Mario Winans, La Jolla Symphony, Doctor's Symphony, Porta Caeli Chamber Players, and the quartet La Dolce.
I am a member of MTAC (Music Teacher's Association of California) and can sign my students up for Certificate of Merit. This is a music study program with an annual evaluation and written assessment. Stand-out stu
dents will be invited to play at the Branch Recital.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons differ slightly depending on the student. In general, it starts with scales for intonation or working on vibrato, moves on to an etude or exercise, and culminates with work on a piece of music. But not every student works well with this method, so I will add in some musical worksheets and ear training games for those that require lessons with more variety.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can come to your home to teach. I will bring all necessary method books and teaching materials.
Patty K. February 25, 2015
Online Verified Student
My 11-year-old daughter has had lessons with Jessica for about three months and has learned so much from Jessica. Prior to these online lessons, our daughter started learning cello with a local teacher for about 3-4 months. The teacher stopped giving lessons unexpectedly and we couldn't find a replacement so decided to go online. Doing music lessons online with someone you haven't met in person can seem daunting, but Jessica has figured out how to come across over Skype as fully present, engaged, positive and encouraging. We almost feel as if she's there in person. She can pick up on many things by asking the right questions and follows through with proper advice and recommendations for improvement. At one point, our daughter had concerns with wrist pain and Jessica fully took it upon herself to look into the matter. Jessica is very timely and flexible. At times we've had to adjust the schedule and she was quite accommodating. She also had to work with our daughter's solo performance at school and amazingly in less than 2 months prepared her for the piece. We highly recommend.
Mike E. December 5, 2014
Online Verified Student
After only two sessions I am so glad to have found Jessica. She is patient, observant, helpful and so encouraging. I was unsure how online cello lessons would work but this is the ideal format for me. Jessica is able to observe form and offer gentle suggestions how as well as instruction on sound. I wish I was able to take the lessons in person with Jessica because there are a couple limitations to Skype (such as a slight lag and inability to have seamless dialogue or duets) but Jessica obviously knows how to deal with these technical problems. I highly recommend Jessica and am sure that with her help even an old, slow returning cellist will soon be enjoying playing complex music. Finally, Jessica has been very flexible with my crazy schedule lately. An awesome person and great instructor.
DeAnn D. November 25, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I took up the cello in my late 20's and am finally back taking lessons after a few years, so I had developed a lot of bad playing habits. Jessica really helped to deconstruct my technique and is helping me rebuild a stronger foundation on which to perform. She is also dependable regarding emailing and texting when needed. I would definitely recommend her!
I have been studying music for 16 years, I graduated with a Bachelor's in vocal performance from the prestigious Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. Eight years of recording and live performance experience in a various disciplines including pop, rock, reggae, folk, indie/alternative, opera, musical theatre, and jazz. I am a proficient group and private music instructor teaching voice, piano, ukulele, electric bass, flute, cello, music theory and composition. Experience focused on working with children in a therapy music program.
*** Lesson Details *** My desire to share my passion for m
usic is what drives me to teach it. My hope is to share the love and joy of music with people of all ages, and to instill an appreciation for music that will last a lifetime. I'm committed to the success of each of my students, and creating lesson plans that are designed to meet the specific needs and desires of each individual student. My teaching style ensures that my students not only learn the musicality of the instrument, but have fun while playing.
*** Studio Equipment *** Mac computer with Logic and Sibelius. MBox recording interface. Audio Technica condenser microphone. Sennheiser dynamic microphone. Fender precision bass. Kala ukulele. Gemeinhardt flute. Rogue mandolin. Takamine guitar. Ibanez performance series guitar. Epiphone SG guitar.
*** Specialties *** My personal performance specialties are singing and playing in pop, rock, reggae, folk and indie/alternative. I have recording and live performance experience in various disciplines and I am also proficient in opera, musical theatre, and jazz. I am an experienced group and private music instructor teaching voice, piano, ukulele, electric bass, flute, cello, music theory and composition.
Erin U. July 30, 2014
Bass Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
I am a beginner at bass and Joshua is very patient. He makes learning fun and teaches in a way that is easy to follow. He is a very skilled musician and his passion for music shows. I highly recommend him.
Students are raving about their Cello instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Jill
"This is our first experience with online music lessons. We choose Jared because of the reviews he received from his other students. They were not wrong!
Jared is great! He is always on time. He communicates very well. He makes our daughter feel comfortable. He even took the time to write a cello piece for a current Maroon 5 song at our daughter's request. You will not be disappointed if you choose Jared."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Kelsea
"Great music teacher!
I began cello lessons with Amanda during the summer. Having not played for quite a few years I started at the beginning, relearning
the basics. Amanda is encouraging, patient, kind, and really knows how to make learning music enjoyable. She is also great at explaining concepts in various ways so that they can be better/easily understood. In a short amount of time I was able to get to where I had left off and with a new boost of motivation, thanks to Amanda's teaching techniques, I am looking forward to continued cello lessons with her."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Victoria
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Timothy
"Janice is a wonderful teacher with a great sense of humor. I am new to the cello and she is extremely patient with me and really takes the time to ensure
correct form so I don't fall into any bad habits. She challenges me as well; we have covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time. I have even written my own piece! I would recommend Janice to anyone looking to learn how to play the cello and have fun while doing it."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Mary
"As a beginner in learning to play the cello and read music.I have learned a great deal through my weekly lessons with Melissa. Every lesson includes pr
esentation of a new skill and a review of previously taught concepts. Melissa effectively provides me feedback about my performance and methods to correct errors. She maintains a high level of rigor and expectation to every lesson. Melissa presents as a very professional instructor with a strong work ethic and dedication to her field."
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by Robert
"I appreciate John's patience and style in working with me on the Cello, given my issues with dexterity, range of motion and some memory deficits, as a re
sult of a major stroke, of which I am thankful to have survived. It takes a special person with incredible patience like John, to be willing to take this journey with me, to a place where the healing power of music lives. I anticipate a great ride!"
Santa Cruz, CA teacher:
Review by Adrian
"Erin is in my opinion the best qualified cello teacher on this website. I have reviewed many other teachers and I have found her background and teaching m
ethods the best. She is very patient and has a natural love for music and the cello."
Pittsburgh, PA teacher:
Review by Schuyler
"My daughter really likes to like her teachers, with Kristin it was instant. I can without any reservations recommend her."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Yonsoo
"Anna is an awesome teacher! She believes her students can rise to the occasion. She's very motivating and patient which has helped my daughter greatly. T