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About Benjamin L.

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I've taught cello for the last 12 years, and try to infuse the same enthusiasm into my students as I experienced in my journey to where I am today. I use both the Suzuki method books and the Applebaum String Builder books to start with beginners, depending on level and experience, with an emphasis on music reading. After that, the student's progress will dictate the best route to follow.

About Benjamin
In my years of teaching, I have developed an individual approach with each student, young or old, according to different needs and learning styles. I believe it is never too early or too late to begin learning, and it is my hope that music making through this instrument will be as enjoyable and passionate an experience for you as it has been for me. Whether you are looking on behalf of your son or daughter, looking to take on a new challenge later in life, or anything in between, I look forward to hearing why you want to learn to play the cello! (House calls available too!)

I've included my bio below, for those who may be interested.

Cellist Benjamin L. made his solo debut in 1999 at the Merryall Center for the Arts, where critic for the Danbury News Times, Frank Merkling, called him “remarkably gifted”, with “a charming, warm tone”
. He has performed in various venues in the Tri-State area, including concerto performances with the Hartford Symphony, Farmington Valley Symphony and Musica Dolce Ensemble, and solo and chamber performances in Asia and Europe. He is an avid chamber musician, having performed with the Enao Ensemble in chamber concerts to benefit the charity, the Bishop’s Fund for Children, from 2000-2010, was the cellist and founding member of the Lorelei Piano Trio and has been a member of several other chamber music ensembles. As a free-lance cellist, he has performed with many diverse ensembles, accompanying the musical, “Time Between Us” in the New York Musical Theater Festival, appearing with the band, The Left Banke, playing with Ensemble 212 and Shattered Glass. In addition to performing, he is on the faculty of the Zen Music School, Port Jefferson Music Academy and coaches chamber music for Jeunes Virtuoses de New York, as well as teaching privately. He is also the artistic director of Concerts on the Slope, a chamber music series in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and the Artist-in-Residence for Music at Trinity of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx.

Mr. L. has performed at several summer music festivals including the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Castleman’s Quartet Program, Music at Menlo and Pacific Music Festival, and has won top prizes in several competitions. His chamber music mentors have included members of the Emerson, Tokyo, American and Keller String Quartets, as well as Robert Mann, Nicholas Mann, Peter Frankl, Andre Michel Schub, and Daniel Epstein, Sylvia Rosenberg and several others. He has taken master classes with Keith Robinson and Colin Carr, and past teachers include Eric Dahlin, David Finckel, Julia Lichten and Clive Greensmith, as well as lessons with Marta Casals Istomin and Bonnie Hampton.

As an orchestral musician he has performed with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, the Empire State Sinfonia, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, the Salome Chamber Orchestra in New York City, and the Farmington Valley Symphony, as well as the Manhattan School of Music orchestras. Mr. L. holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music, where he was the recipient of the Hans and Klara Bauer Scholarship and the 2011 Pablo Casals Award.

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I expect my students to have an instrument, method books (after I recommend one), a suitable arm less chair and music stand. I can travel anywhere public transportation can take me. (NYC or nearby New Jersey)

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I am familiar with, though not trained or certified in, Suzuki method, but I teach traditionally, often using the Suzuki and String Builder books, with an emphasis on reading music.
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About Michael M.

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Powhatan, VA
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Experienced Cello teacher of 5 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of music knowledge. I specialize Suzuki Method and Essential Elements books depending on the students needs. I push to evolve with each student and create a fun a positive environment in which to learn and I strive to help you meet your goals! I plan and offer yearly professional student shows and concerts to give each student a practical application to their studies.

About Michael
Hello, My name is Michael and Im excited to meet you! I've been teaching private & Professional lessons since 1997! I love helping students accomplish their goals like, getting into college, hit auditions, and more, but above all I love to inspire the love of Music and Performance Arts!

Throughout my professional career I have toured and played with bands such as Soul Fire, 3 Door Down, and others, and have performed for companies such as 4 County Players in Virginia, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and Carolina Players in NC. I play multiple instruments from woodwinds, brass, to guitar, mandolin, violin and have training in singing and vocal training and more!

I use a number of established teaching methods to instruct my studies as well as my own methods that I have perfected through my 18+ years of teaching. My philosophy is that
it is important to stay fluid and adjust to each student's learning style to create successful students at any age from 3 to 100!

My only goal is to help you reach yours!

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Marshall, Crate, & Fender Amps
Williams and Yamaha Digital Pianos
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Brass Instruments
Acoustic and Electric Guitars (Fender, Epiphone, Breedlove, etc..)
Computer and Multimedia Supplemental material
And others!

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I teach Suzuki Method when appropriate, as well as popular scholastic methods when needed for a school band program however, I mostly teach to the student. Each student gets a unique and personalized experience tailored to their specific goals and needs using a variety of available materials, but above all I strive to teach fun when learning the arts!
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Justine February 28, 2017
· Cello · In studio
I am an adult who has no experience with any type of instrument and was very nervous and intimidated at first. Then I met with Michael, and though there was a ton of information we had to go through, he really made me feel at ease. He has the knowledge, patience, and understanding I was really looking for in a teacher and I'm so happy I found him!
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Holly September 12, 2016
· Violin · In studio
With his flexibility and willingness to accommodate us my daughter learned a lot from him. He was a wonderful teacher and a great person to do business with.
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Sharon September 12, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Michael is very energetic and passionate about music. My kids have really enjoyed their time with him and we would recommend him to anyone!
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About Megan C.

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As a cellist with 20 years of playing experience, I am a passionate principal cellist of many orchestras around the US and an even more passionate teacher. I enjoy helping students of all ages and levels!

About Megan
Megan is an internationally performing cellist hailing from Detroit, Michigan. Currently residing in Austin, Texas, she enjoys sharing her musical passion with students and on stage all over the country. In her free time, Megan spends her time drawing and reading.

She has most recently served as Principal Cellist of the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Principal Cellist of the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy in Canada, Guest Principal Cellist of Opera San Luis Obispo and State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, California, and Assistant Principal Cellist of South Florida Symphony. She has performed with orchestras including Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra, Nu Deco Ensemble, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, The Villages Philharmonic, and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra in Brevard, NC. She has also appeared recently as a s
oloist with the Miami Music Festival Orchestra and the Eastern Michigan University Symphony Orchestra. She was recently named a semi-finalist in the 2017 PRISMA Concerto competition, 1st prize winner of the Ann Arbor Society of Musical Arts’ 2015 Young Artist Competition and a winner of the 2015 Miami Music Festival Concerto Competition, conducted by Grzegorz Nowak of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

She has performed on stage with Plácido Domingo, Carter Brey, Andres Cardenes, and Audra McDonald as well as on tour with nationally recognized artists including Michael Bublé, Il Volo, and the Trans Siberian Orchestra.

Ms. C. has maintained cello studios in Michigan, Florida, and online for all levels. Besides maintaining a private studio, her teaching experience has included volunteer work in the Ann Arbor School District. She has also recently served as a chamber coach at the PhoenixPhest! Chamber Music Festival for 2014 and 2015 seasons and has served as cello instructor and chamber coach at the Ann Arbor Piano Teacher's Guild Chamber Music Festival.

Ms. C holds a Master of Music in Performance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Eastern Michigan University.
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JoAnn E. September 4, 2017
· Cello · Online
Megan,

Is very knowledgeable about playing the cello and the techniques that are needed to become a better player. Enjoyed my lesson. Thank you.
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Julie July 29, 2017
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Liz S. July 5, 2017
· Cello · Online
Megan is extremely patient with an adult beginner but not afraid to jump right into serious technique concepts.
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About Aaron F.

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Have fun playing the cello! I emphasize beautiful tone and expressive playing. I am a patient teacher. Methodical yet flexible. All ages and levels!!

About Aaron
Hello! I am a pianist and cellist with many years of teaching experience and a Master's degree in music performance. I am patient and flexible, but also methodical. I am fascinated by the learning process, and I enjoy finding the most effective and enjoyable ways for each student to learn and practice.

If you send me a message, please include the following information:

1) Why do you want to learn music?
2) What types of music do you listen to?
3) What experience/how many years do you have of playing music?
4) How old are you?
5) What are your goals with music?

I have worked with 4 year olds, up through adults of various ages. As well as being a classical musician, I improvise and teach many styles such as jazz, pop, and rock.
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Bonnie August 5, 2017
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Nadine May 28, 2017
· Cello · Online
We are very happy with Aaron's instruction. He is very patient and skilled.
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Giulia L. January 25, 2017
· Cello · Online
Aaron has a fresh and dynamic way to interact with my daughter. He is patient and, at the same time, precise and attentive to details, such an important aspect to build on basic skills. My daughter likes working with Aaron very much!
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About Susanna S.

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Pittsburgh, PA

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I am an experienced strings teacher with 20 years of experience. I will work with beginning cello students of all ages and provide instruction on proper technique, position, reading music and playing the cello. I am patient and provide constructive feedback and work at your pace.

About Susanna
Susanna S. has been teaching private lessons for over 23 years and is currently available to teach weekly lessons at her home in Pittsburgh, PA or online via the TakeLessons Classroom, Skype, Facetime or Google Hangouts. Susanna S. has helped students improve their playing abilities on violin, viola, and cello, to successfully audition for youth orchestras, competitions, college auditions and ASTA or PMEA events. She provides traditional classical training on violin, viola, and cello, works with students to play for their own enjoyment and shares her passion for music. In addition, I will provide instruction on music theory and music history as part of instrumental lessons as it applies.

Susanna received her training at State University of New York at Purchase in 1991, where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music. In addi
tion, she attended the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music in 2000 where she received a Masters in Music. She has studied with Sol Grietzer, Karen Dreyfus and Basil Vendryes. In addition, she received her Music Education Certification in 1995 from Carnegie Mellon University.

As an expert in her field, Susanna looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Susanna's teaching style is positive, supportive, patient and constructive, focused on the individual student's needs, and enjoyable. Susanna will work at your pace and cares about each of her students. Susanna will teach you the proper position, technique, how to read music and how to improve your playing.

I am currently accepting new students. I recommend weekly lessons for all students to ensure good progress. I can provide information on purchasing or renting an instrument if needed. You can check my availability on my schedule and sign up for lessons with TakeLessons.com. Please e-mail me with any questions or about available times for lessons. I will respond quickly. Thank you for your interest and consideration.
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Deborah C. September 4, 2017
· Violin · Online
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Zoe August 28, 2017
· Violin · Online
Zoe was very apprehensive about her first lesson. Susanna made her feel so comfortable. She was so patient and knowledgeable. Zoe is looking forward to her next lesson. I would highly recommend Susanna!!!
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Monica August 14, 2017
· Violin · Online
Susanna is a great teacher.

I have never played a violin before, and she is walking me through the process with patience, clear instructions, different interesting and fun ways of explaining concepts, which make lessons flow easily. By the time the lesson ends, I can hardly notice that an hour has passed by.

It is a joy to have her as a teacher. I have had a few questions off schedule, and she has never failed to answer them promptly.
I look forward to every lesson I have with her to keep learning to play this beautiful and amazing instrument.
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About Alex M.

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I have been teaching private lessons since 2008. I have performed on movie soundtracks and was a guest soloist with Hamline University Orchestra. I am certified in Suzuki Method and also teach traditional lessons. I've worked with students age 4 to adult.

You are never too old to begin! I've worked with beginners of all ages.

Playing is about so much more than just classical music and scales! Although we love scales. Scales are how we show off how fast we can play. In addition to solid fundamentals of technique and musicality, I teach a broad range of styles including folk/fiddle, pop, and movie and video game scores. You'll get to learn the music that YOU want to play!

About Alex
I am an award-winning composer and have been passionate about music all my life. I've been playing in symphonies for over a decade, have been principal violist and a featured soloist, and performed as a session player on movie scores. I've taught violin and viola since 2008 and worked with students ages 4 to adult. I am certified in the Suzuki Method and also teach what is sometimes referred to as "traditional lessons."

You are never too old to begin learning music! I've worked with beginners of all ages.

Learning to play violin or viola is about so much more than just classical music and scales! Although we love scales. Especially played fast. In addition to solid fundamentals of technique and musicality, I teach a broad range of styles including classical, folk/fiddle, pop, movie and video game scores. You'll get to learn the musi
c that YOU want to play!

I also teach composition and music theory (which is beneficial skill set for performers and composers alike).

Please send me a message and let me know your musical goals. I'd love to work with you!
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Anne July 7, 2017
· Viola · In studio
My daughter, Ada, was losing interest in her violin lessons and not making progress, so we signed her up to take lessons with Alex. This turned out to be the best decision that we could have made. Alex had excellent rapport with my daughter and was quickly finding important practice points for her to focus on. Even more important I was impressed with the multitude of solutions and exercises that Alex came up with to help my daughter get beyond her problem areas, and bad habits. On top of this, Ada was having fun, and was getting really motivated to practice. Alex’s attention to detail, excellent skill on the instrument, creativity with exercise ideas, and persistent yet friendly character were the perfect ingredients for a positive and productive music lesson experience. We would still be taking lessons with Alex if she still lived in our area for sure. (She is also an incredibly talented composer, which is a great thing for young musicians to learn about).
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Will July 6, 2017
· Viola · In studio
Alex has been teaching my 11-year-old son for the past 6 months and he's really enjoying the lessons.
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Desiree July 6, 2017
· Music Theory · Online
Alex is a truly gifted teacher. Teachers like her are rare especially when it comes to the arts. Not only does she make lessons fun but she also has the ability to put people at ease. Alex is also great at teaching those with learning differences. I Have extreme learning disabilities along with visual perceptual processing difficulties and thus have many blocks in place when it comes to learning things such as theory. No matter how long it takes me to understand something Alex is ever patient never giving up on me never getting frustrated with me. She has found many ways around many of the blocks that I have with theory. When I first began lessons with Alex I couldn't clap or count rhythm unless I had the main part. Since taking lessons with Alex I am now able to count rhythm better when I am not the main part. I would highly recommend Alex to anyone looking for a great teacher!
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About Nick D.

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I'm a professional cellist and an enthusiastic and knowledgable cello teacher. I have 15 years of teaching experience and have taught students as young as 5, teenagers, and adults. All levels are welcome, including absolute beginners and advanced students.

I received conservatory training in New York, with further studies in Boston. I have a varied performing experience: from Boston Ballet, to MTV Unplugged, to my own chamber music concert series in Cambridge, MA.

As a teacher, I strive to understand each student as an individual and then fit my teaching approach to them. I bring several important things to lessons: a very clear understanding of cello technique, a love for music, an open mind, and plenty of patience :-)

About Nick
I'm an experienced and enthusiastic cello teacher and performer. I enjoying sharing my love for music and the cello (and piano!) with others. I feel that I learn from my students, as well, and am always interested in expanding my teaching to accommodate their unique musical interests and strengths. It's also very rewarding to see a student's sense of accomplishment, newfound freedom, and individual expression, as they progress on each step of the learning process.

I strive to be as clear as possible in my explanations of technique and welcome questions and observations from my students. Together with the student, I make sure to overcome any obstacles that interfere with musical expression. Also, I emphasize that musicality is the real of focus of cello, rather than just "playing the notes". Finally, the unique artistic perspective of eac
h student is very important to me. I tailor the musical pieces and approach to each student's interests and individual personality.
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About Codi W.

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Hello! I am finishing my undergraduate degree at Stephen F. Austin State University. I'm looking for students in the East Texas area or online. In my 10 years of cello playing, I've had the privilege to travel to Macau and Hong Kong to play for the University of Macau's String Orchestra as well as for the European Film Music Festival, but mostly I play for SFASU Orchestra of the Pines. Please contact me if you have any questions! Happy practicing!

About Codi
Since coming to Stephen F. Austin State University, I have fallen in love with music over and over again after every rehearsal and lesson. My friends, professors, and students all share the same intense passion for music. I want to share this passion with my students. Some of my favorite pieces I've performed are Tchaikovsky's 5th symphony, Scheherazade, Tannhauser, and Symphonie Fantastique.

I believe students should always get to CHOOSE what they want to play. If you don't like a piece, you won't want to practice! It's much easier to practice when it's a piece you have a connection to. We can discuss what kind of music you like or you can play me something you've already been working on. My #1 goal as a music teacher, or as a musician in general, is to share my love for music. I want my students to enjoy their time with their instrume
nt and have fun, while creating beautiful music!

A lesson with me would begin with scales. Scales are essential to bettering yourself as a musician. For a 30 minute lesson, I would like to dedicate at least 8-10 minutes of scales. We would then discuss your repertoire, any troubling spots you've had, and how you've been handling and practicing the piece. I would then ask you to play for me and we would go from there.

If you'd like to have a one-time lesson, that is A-OK! I'd love to hear what you have to play and give helpful comments, perhaps before an audition, chair test, or competition.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns, future students or parents/guardians of future students. If you would like a different time frame, if I am unavailable during your preferred time, please let me know and we could try to work something out that works for both of us! Thank you for taking the time to read this, I hope to hear from you soon! Remember- music is for us to enjoy. It is much easier to succeed in your cello playing if you truly enjoy the music you're playing! Even the hardest runs can put a smile on your face if you're doing something you love.
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About Michael V.

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I'm a young, versatile musician with a wide range of skills, and I love to share this experience with others by way of teaching. I've earned graduate degrees in both cello performance and music composition from prestigious schools, studying with some of the best educators the world has to offer. Whether you want a better understanding of music theory and history, to become a more competent cello player, or to learn to enjoy playing music for yourself, I will teach you in a manner that will make you a well-rounded musician and is personalized to your goals and the repertoire that interests you. All ages and levels welcome!

About Michael
I'm a young Canadian musician with a versatile range of skills and interests. My primary instrument is cello, but I'm also a composer with a strong background in music theory and music history. I'm an associate composer with the Canadian Music Centre and a member of SOCAN.

As a cellist, I've had the privilege to perform with some of the world's most celebrated musicians. I'm also a founding member of the former Mahewa String Quartet - with whom I won the grand prize in the chamber music category of the 2008 Canadian Music Competition - and I've performed as a soloist with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and Calgary Youth Orchestra. I'm also a passionate advocate of new music, performing and premiering works with multiple new music ensembles in addition to initiatives as a soloist and chamber musician, often collaborating directly with
composers.

I studied at Southern Methodist University (B.M. ’13; M.M. ‘17), and Northwestern University (M.M. ’15) after receiving pre-collegiate training through the Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. My studies have been funded in part by three generous grants from the Alberta Foundation of the Arts, in addition to the Alberta Arts Graduate Scholarship. My primary teachers include cellists John Kadz, Andrés Díaz, and Hans Jørgen Jensen, along with composers Xi Wang, Simon A. Sargon, Jay Alan Yim, Kevin Hanlon, and Lane Harder.

In addition to my more conventional interests, I also enjoy utilizing my musical skillset outside of the classical and concert music world. I'm a prolific arranger and improviser, and have collaborated in multiple capacities with choreographers, authors, playwrights, and filmmakers. This is all in addition to my main passion: teaching music. As a teacher, I aim not only to train skilled performers, but more importantly to foster deeper appreciation and passion for music at any age or level.

Outside of musical pursuits, I like cooking, painting, hockey, hiking, and spending as much time as possible in the Canadian Rockies (as well as enjoying the companionship of my wonderful dog and my awesome wife).
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Noah W. September 10, 2017
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Very patient and informed in Cello instruction. I honestly feel he taught my son more about his Cello in an hour than he had received in two years of Orchestra. He made my son feel very comfortable. We look forward to our next lesson.
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