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About Makala W.

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Seattle, WA

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The main thing that I like to remind students of, when they take lessons with me, is that music is FUN! A lot of hard work goes into it, but the end result is always rewarding! I am a pretty laid back teacher, yet I still work to inspire my students to try their hardest and to be the best that they can be at what they do. It is very important to me that my students get their musical wants AND needs fulfilled.

For cello, I take the standard approach; getting to know the instrument and assigning various exercises so that the student will gain technical fluency, and building repertoire. Although I am not a certified Suzuki teacher, I do use some of their methods, since I, myself was a Suzuki student. I like teaching the student memorization of pieces, so that they can focus on technique and expression within a given piece.

In my cello lessons we will work on a variety of topics, including:

-Gaining a feel and command for your own instrument.

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About Makala
I have loved music as long as I can remember. I know its cliche© to say so, but it's true! :)

For me, having parents of different ethnicity and siblings that were much older than me, I was heavily impacted by the wide variety of music to which my family members listened. The force of this crayon box of rhythms and sounds captivated and affected me so much that it is the key experience that I draw from in making my own music today.

I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska (a small town in the center of the state) so my only option for entertainment and fun was getting involved in the arts! I started performing at a very young age as both a dancer and a musician. I studied classical ballet, modern dance, hip hop and street dance, and world dance traditions throughout my formative years, which helped me to gain rhythmical fluency. I started my
formal music training when I began to play the cello. From then on, I was hooked on the sound and I immersed myself in music as much as I could; performing, competing, working in as many musical groups and productions as possible (as both a vocalist and cellist), and even teaching.

I moved to Seattle in 2003 to study opera at Cornish College of the arts, only to later change my major to Jazz, and then again to Latin music studies. Since graduating from Cornish in 2007, with my Bachelor of Music degree, I have been actively and diligently working in the local music scene; performing and recording with artists and groups of many different styles. Everything from various Latin genres, to Rock, to R&B/Soul, to Hip Hop, and Jazz. Through my music, I aim to reach out to people of all cultures. I also aim to teach my own students with the hope that they too can discover the same continuous love of music that I have grown to feel (and still am growing to feel) over the years. :)

*** Studio Equipment ***
88 key piano, cello, various percussion instruments, guitars, ukulele, library, computer, lessons are given in a private studio.

*** Specialties ***
As far as voice goes, I teach all genres and styles but I personally specialize in the Latin genres. I teach all aspects of the music; rhythm, harmony, theory. I even teach performance; how to work with a band in real-time communication, song communication (or story telling as I like to call it), and developing ones own personal style. I believe that there is much more to singing than just vocal technique alone, so I believe in teaching musical fundamentals and functions so that my students will not only be considered vocalists, but competent musicians.
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Justin October 3, 2018
· Spanish · In studio
Very knowledgeable and a great teacher.
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Lezlee H. September 28, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Makayla is an AMAZING teacher. She's professional and fun and I look forwared to my lesson every week.
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Kayla March 25, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Makala was very friendl, personable, knowledgeable, professional and FUN,
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Makala W.

Seattle, WA 98107
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About Quinn L.

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Portland, OR
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Teach cello since I was in College. have a lot of experience of teaching both kids and adults.

About Quinn
I began her cello studies at age of eight and won my first cello competition at ten. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance at The Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China and Master’s Degree from University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where I received a full scholarship.
As an orchestra musician, I has served as the principal cello and cellist in a variety of orchestras such as the Oregon Sinfonietta, Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Inland Valley Symphony, Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra and Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra in China. I'm an active chamber musician and have been invited and performed in several music festivals in the United States and Asia.
In addition to music performance, I'm very experienced in teaching cello as well as working in musical administra
tion. I was a cello instructor at the Music Academy of San Diego, Old Town Academy, Help You Achieve Academy, Opus school of Music, Oregon Music Academy and Musicality Network. In the area of administration, Quinn was the executive assistant of the Great Wall International Music Academy, the Virtuoso Music Academy. I work as the executive assistant at the Bravo! International Music Academy since 2016.
Aside from music, I have a great interest in fashion, travel, fine food and I also work as director of operations at Abroad & Future for International Education Programs.
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Luca September 5, 2016
· Cello · In home
Kun is a wonderful instructor who has passion for teaching and playing the cello. Her positive attitude and friendly personality make her lessons engaging and extremely helpful.
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Joan R. June 14, 2014
· Cello · In home
Very good teacher; patient, thorough, positive and really encouraging.
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About Janelle L.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I prefer String Essentials as a teaching aid because it mixes a good amount of exercises with songs and also allows for duets. For the first few lessons I will tune the instrument and talk the student through the process. We always play a warm up scale and song, then we'll work on the decided piece. I love to leave time for the student to ask questions and present possible song interest! Suzuki Method is best for the student who will benefit from consist exercises, but should be used as a guide to full piece performance and structure.

About Janelle
Hello! My name is Janelle L. and I am a Manhattanville College graduate with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in Psychology.​ As a performer I have appeared in the Off- Broadway productions ANTIGONE and TWELTH NIGHT with Love Creek Theater Company, SHOUT The Mod Musical and SHOWTUNE with direction by Mark Cherry, The Off-Broadway production oF THE EXTRAORDINARY FALL OF THE FOUR LEGGED WOMAN and a solo cabaret at The Metropolitan Room. I currently teach Voice, Piano, Violin, and Cello at The New Windsor School of Music and The Rock Underground of Greenwood Lake. I have learned some of my best lessons from being a performer and try to give my students more than technical knowledge; i.e. breathing from the diaphragm, not using tension to control breath, aiming over the soft pallet, etc., but also acting and performance knowledge; like learn
ing to work with your nerves before a number and thinking about why the character is singing instead of saying the lyrics. I have been teaching since I was 16; from students ranging from 5 years old to 47 and have learned to adapt my curriculum to each student while making sure they develop a good repertoire and technique. For educational purposes I follow exercises and drills from a range of books including Vocal Strength and Power by Dena Murray, Speak with Distinction by Edith Skinner, Acting Songs by David Brunetti, and Voice and The Alexander Technique by Jane Ruby Heirich. I can perform basic accompanying parts and can also transpose music.

a sample of how my voice lessons are run is below. Each student with leave with a basic knowledge of solfage, a musical scale, and multiple genres of songs.
*** Voice Lesson Details ***
(Student expected to be prepared for lesson 10 minutes prior to lesson)

Forty Five Minute Lesson Breakdown   2:00 PM Greet and Go Through Packet
Benefit: Safe Space
2:03 PM Body Warm Up (Alexander Method)
Benefit: Loosen Muscles
2:08 PM Vocal Warm Up with piano
Benefit: Loosens Vocal Chords
2:15 PM Song Selection/Work Through Process
Benefit: Realizing Range and Character Bonds
2:45 PM Practice Notes, Review, End Session

Hour Lesson Breakdown  6:00 PM Greet and Go Through Packet
Benefit: Safe Space
6:05 PM Body Warm Up (Alexander Method)
Benefit: Loosens Muscles
6:20 PM Vocal Warm Up with piano
Benefit: Loosens Vocal Chords
6:30 PM Song Selection/Work Through Process
Benefit: Realizing Range and Character Bonds
7:00 PM Practice Notes, Review, End Session

Two Hour Lesson Breakdown 4:00 PM Greet and Go Through Packet
Benefit: Safe Space
4:10 PM Body Warm Up (Alexander Method)
Benefit: Loosens Muscels
4:35 PM Vocal Warm Up with piano
Benefit: Loosens Vocal Chords
4:55 PM Song Selection/Work Through Process
Benefit: Realizing Range and Character Bonds
6:00 PM Practice Notes, Review, End Session

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand Piano
Mini Grand Piano
Mirror
Stands

*** Home Equipment ***
Yamaha Stage Piano with speakers
Mirror
Stands

*** Travel Equipment ***
Yamaha Electronic Keyboard
Music Stands

*** Specialties ***
Musical Theatre: Singing, Acting, and Dance.
Dance: Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Ballet, and Modern

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Janelle L.

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About Eric W.

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Redmond, WA

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I started playing with the Suzuki method at age 5. I have been teaching cello to ages 5 to adult for over 8 years. While not a concert or symphony level player, I have been providing quality lessons and guidance to beginners and intermediate players of all ages and interest for years. As with all of my lessons, I provide a core curriculum as well as customizing to the student's needs and interest. From Bach and other Suzuki classics, to modern favorites like The Beatles or Pirates of the Caribbean.

About Eric
Music lessons for all ages and levels on guitar, bass, violin, cello, ukulele, banjo and voice/singing. Private studio in downtown Redmond. I have been teaching for over 10 years, performing and recording as a singer/songwriter/guitarist for over 25 years. Berklee College of Music alumnus. All styles of guitar, classical, jazz, blues, rock, acoustic, electric. Suzuki method violin and cello as well as fiddle and folk styles.
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Bruce H. January 12, 2019
· Banjo · In studio
Great teach after first lesson. Excited to continue.
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Annastasia L. June 28, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Great to play with
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Srinivasan June 18, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
It has been a great experience so far and he does teach a LOOOTT in the hour that I learn from him!.. Its been a very pleasant experience so far!
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Eric W.

Redmond, WA 98052
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About Don L.

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Seattle, WA
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After graduating from the Juilliard School of Music I played with the New Jersey Symphony for 3 years and then moved to Switzerland where I was Principal cellist with the Beil Orchestra. I have spent 30 years teaching cello with good success. I enjoying helping students getting better. I teach the rudiments of the bow arm, bow grip and how to change the direction of the bow.

About Don
I graduated from Juilliard (BA) and played 3 years with the New Jersey Symphony after which I moved to Europe where I was Principal cellist with a Swiss Orchestra ( Biel ). I teach the Leonard Rose bow arm technique. I believe he had the best bow arm in the business.

I work with the bow arm first with beginners and advanced players to get a better bow grip, bow stroke and bow change. The rudiments are important!
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Ying November 7, 2017
· Cello · Online
Very knowledgeable teacher .
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michael January 18, 2017
· Cello · Online
Don went right to the area I knew I needed the most help. Terrific!
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Hanna January 14, 2017
· Cello · Online
It was very much fun. Do is very nice and knows a lot.
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Seattle, WA 98133
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About Lisa C. B.

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Carnegie, PA

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Students can look forward to getting acquainted with the cello- from posture and properly handling the instrument, note-reading, and playing their first songs with the bow.

About Lisa C.
After playing the violin for over 20 years, Lisa was inspired to share the gift of music with others by her teacher, Susanna Sonnenberg. Lisa is a member of the American String Teacher’s Association, and has attended the 2017 ASTA National Conference. She currently performs with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra. Lisa has played in recitals, the Chartiers Valley High School Orchestra, and was accepted to the 2006 PMEA District Orchestra. She has studied with Larry Weiss, Linda Andersen, and others. Lisa can’t remember a time before she learned how to play the violin; it has brought her great joy. Her favorite piece to play is the Bach Double Concerto in D Minor.

At 8 years old, Lisa fell in love with the violin. Throughout school, she studied with private teachers and played with the school orchestra. At home, her dogs were a great audie
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Lisa went on to study history at the University of Pittsburgh, and later earned her law degree from Duquesne. She never forgot her violin, though, and continued to play in her spare time.

Music adds beauty to the world, and finally, after years of keeping the violin to herself, Lisa decided to share her playing with others. Lisa teaches traditional, classical method. The method books she uses include: Essential Elements for Strings, Samuel Applebaum, and All for Strings, among others. She supplements the technical exercises with repertoire from the Suzuki series. Lisa enjoys playing all types of music, in addition to classical, and teaches these songs, as well. Additional music includes pop artists like Taylor Swift, classic rock, electronic music like Lindsey Stirling, celtic, folk, and just about any other type of music you can think of. As a teacher, Lisa strives to be positive and encouraging. She believes that music should be fun, so her main goal is to make sure her students are having a good time!
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Debra April 21, 2019
· Cello · Online
I think Lisa is a wonderful instructor who provides clear instruction and also knows pedagogy. She starts with a step-by-step approach to build a foundation. I am an older adult and her warmth and good sense of humor help, too.
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Debra March 31, 2019
· Cello · Online
"Old Dog Learns New Tricks"
I couldn't ask for more in a teacher. I am a newbie to the cello and Lisa made me feel very comfortable and also, her teaching style is very clear, logical, starting with the basics and building step-by-step. She has a good sense of humor, too. All said, after only my first lesson, I think my learn a new trick: playing a song or two on the cello. Deb Bisacchi, MEd, MSW
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Debra March 30, 2019
· Cello · Online
Clear, focused, warm and friendly, and very knowledgeable, too.
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Lisa C. B.

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About Megan S.

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Colorado Springs, CO

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I have been studding strings from age 8, starting on violin. I switched over to cello when I turned 13 and received scholarships to potentially attend the University of Pacific in Stockton, CA. I instead studied cello at the University of California, Santa Barbara where I had the opportunity to perform in the university's symphonic orchestra and teach private lessons to college students as well. I have experience teaching from the Suzuki method, but consider myself to be a flexible educator and teach many methods according to the needs of the student.

About Megan
I am an experienced and well-rounded musician of nearly 22 years. I have studied the piano, cello, and clarinet throughout my life and am currently a freelance performer in Colorado Springs. I have taught professionally since 2009.

I attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music, Clarinet Performance in 2013. I received a GPA of 3.3 and studied and performed both clarinet and cello. In 2015, I graduated from California State University of Sacramento with a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music with a 4.0 GPA. I mainly performed clarinet at the university, many local ensembles, chamber music, and I even had the opportunity to perform abroad in the United Kingdom in 2016.

I taught elementary band with the San Juan Unified School district from 2013-2015. While I was pursuing
my teaching credential, I student-taught in Davis Joint Unified School District from 2014-2015. Then, I was employed with Twin Rivers Unified School District from 2015-2017, where I had the privilege to teach elementary general music and choir to students learning English as a second language, students of special needs, and in addition, students from very low income homes. Most recently, I taught elementary general music, choir, and band with the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District from 2017-2018.

I recently moved to Colorado Springs because my husband is a newly commissioned officer with the United States Air Force Academy Band, stationed at Peterson Air Force Base here in Colorado Springs. We have loved our experience so far in Colorado and love to explore the outdoor activities and sight-seeing in our free time.
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Jonah F. June 5, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Megan is wonderful! She is kind, gifted and expresses a genuine teacher's heart! We feel SO blessed to have found her. My son was so encouraged after his first lesson- he set up his own practice area at home 😊
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William Vollmer May 29, 2019
· Violin · Online
Good first lesson. Learned some new practice items, along with better bow hold and bowing method for smoother sound.
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Ross I. May 22, 2019
· Clarinet · Online
Megan is nice and encouraging! She has shared creative ideas to improve skills.
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Megan S.

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About Steven B.

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Phoenix, AZ

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I played cello in Southwest Youth Symphony (now acquired by Metropolitan Youth Symphony). I also played several semesters in the Mesa Community College orchestra. Solo pieces I have learned include the first of Bach's six suites.

About Steven
I love helping others progress and develop skills and a love for music. My history includes playing in church regularly since 2005. In addition to piano, I am also proficient at cello and the pipe organ. My training includes private instruction at college in piano and organ performance. Although I enjoy a variety of music, my favorite composer is Bach. I believe playing music is a vital part of experiencing and understanding music more than just listening to it. In today's fast-paced instant gratifying world, music performance teaches patience and discipline in a way few other things can. I attribute many of my successes in life in part to traits learned from music.
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Steven B.

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About Jeanmarie J.

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Experienced professional cellist with degrees in music and music education strives to bring a solid foundation combined with the joy of music.

About Jeanmarie
My passion is music and my greatest joy is sharing that passion. My teaching style is adapted to each student, customized lesson plans and curriculum designed to teach and challenge but also ensure the student is enjoying the experience by basing lessons on music in which the student is interested or related to their other interests and activities. I’ve been studying and performing since I was four years old and it’s always my great pleasure to share the love of music!
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Debbie N. May 22, 2019
· Cello · In studio
Jeanmarie helped me to learn the proper way to hold the cello and the bow. She watched carefully to be sure I maintained that throughout the lesson. I am pleased that she is going to be sure I learn to play the cello well to prevent injuries. She also gave me some very basic bowing and finger exercises to practice this first week so I begin to build correct muscle memory before I go on to working with sheet music.
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About Stephanie C.

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Newton, MA
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Stephanie Chen, was born in Los Angeles and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. She holds B.M. degree in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Professor David Ying and M.M. degree from the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of professor Yeesun Kim. Apart from her cello studies, Stephanie is also the Chamber Orchestra Co-Assistant Director and cello faculty at the Community Music Center of Boston and a teaching fellow at the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program. Stephanie is a an active chamber performer in the Boston area and spends the majority of her time teaching. Her studio is located in Newton, MA.

She began piano and cello lessons with her mother at the age of five. In 2012, at the age of sixteen, she made her debut with the Taipei Century Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan under the baton of David Liao – performing Saint-Saen's Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor. Stephanie has performed in master classes with Mischa Maisky, Norman Fischer, Brinton Smith, ...

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My teaching style is uniquely tailored to each student because everyone has a different way of learning and musical growth. I structure my lessons to match students’ personality, learning style, as well as emphasize and establish solid technical foundation. I believe that a fun and educational environment can foster a special relationship between the student and their instrument, thus allowing students to find joy in learning!

The most important aspect of a studio lesson is the teacher and student relationship and I believe in encouragement and positivity in my teaching environment.

Please don't hesitate to reach out!
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Stephanie C.

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$34 / 30-min

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Average Cost of Cello Lessons in Seattle, WA

The average cost of 60-minute cello lessons in Seattle is $70. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $70 and $70 per hour.

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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute cello lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute cello lessons are 22% less expensive at $55, and 30-minute lessons cost 45% less at $39.

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