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These Cello teachers are highly rated by students in the Deforest area, including Dane, Rio, Lodi, Columbus and Waterloo.

Michael R.

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I've played in symphonies, chamber music trios, quartets, for weddings and even jazz!

About Michael

Michael has worked with kids for 10 years in schools and arts programs to find fun and their best self through performance. He has taught orchestra, chamber music, jazz band and music theory in the public schools, while performing in local ensembles in and around the city. He also has studied drama, voice and movement and believes all these skills help in expressing yourself--no matter what pieces you want to play!

In addition to working with students K-12, he also loves working with adults. I try to provide a nurturing atmosphere for someone trying revive or discover previously hidden musical interests!

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We begin with what we love. The student usually chooses one of his or her favorite songs to interpret. Later, we add music, usually from the classical or jazz fields, that build our skills and help us f

eel successful. All technique is based on real music. Learning scales, keys and music theory become part of the music. By the end of 6 months, we will have a "repertoire" of several songs that express our best self!
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October 13, 2019
Pete Verdi
September 27, 2019
Georgia P.
Great connection with my kids!
September 27, 2019
Georgia P.
Great connection with my kids!

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Jessica G.

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Cello lessons in my studio, at your home, or on-line.

About Jessica

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 students will be invited to play at the Branch Recital.

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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 culminate

s 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.

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I can come to your home to teach. I will bring all necessary method books and teaching materials.
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September 13, 2019
Audrey
Jessica is very knowledgeable and friendly. My daughter enjoyed her lesson with her.
September 12, 2019
Melanie W.
Jessica has been working with my son for several years. She is an excellent teacher and a joy to work with. Jessica is always understanding and helpful with scheduling or technical issues. And she has helped my son expand his knowledge and appreciation for music, music theory, self discipline and perseverance. She regularly checks in with me to discuss next steps and areas of study. I consider Jessica a partner in my son's education and value the work she does.
August 23, 2019
Kathy
Jessica was very patient, explaining the names & parts of the cello, how to hold the bow properly, draw the bow across the strings, and encouraged my 1st sounds. Glad I decided to jump in and try to learn something new as an adult.

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Nick A.

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In my lessons, my primary focus is helping students learn cello at their own pace, and developing their love and appreciation for music! Cello can be challenging, but anyone can learn with the right guidance! I have a conservatory training, and years of experience teaching people of all ages how to play. Students will learn technique, music reading, scales and arpeggios, and basic music theory in a comfortable and encouraging environment!

About Nick

I am a multi-instrumentalist from Queens, NYC, and I was the cellist/guitarist for the first national tour of the hit broadway show "Waitress".

I trained as a classical cellist at the Aaron Copland School of Music, and I am a lifelong guitarist. Before starting my broadway career, I worked as a freelance cellist, playing with numerous orchestras around NYC, in addition to teaching many students in the Queens/Nassau County area.

I also performed in a 30 city national tour the with the Post-Rock band "You Bred Raptors?". As a guitarist, I was sitting in with a professional band by the time I was just 14, and would later to go to play many clubs around NYC, such as the Bitter End and Bowery Electric, with my own projects.

Since the 'Waitress' tour, I have been freelancing in NYC as a professional musician and teaching musi

c at the Larchmont Music Academy in Westchester.
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October 11, 2019
Anthea T.
Nick is calm, encouraging, and clear. I feel capable!
September 27, 2019
Amory &.
Great first lessons. I have 2 boys, each learning a different instrument (violin & guitar), and Nick was great with them. Looking forward to the future lessons.
August 28, 2019
Lilli
Nick is really the best instructor ever! He is very knowledgeable about different styles and techniques, but he tailors each lesson so that the student is learning on their own terms - not pushing a methodology or using cookie cutter plans. He is very patient and kind and will work with you at your own pace, whether you are a beginner or want to learn on a more professional level. He plays a ton of different instruments and has experience touring with bands as well as classical training. He's really a one-stop-shop for all your musical needs! Hire him! He's made my life a lot better by teaching me his ways.

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Nick A.

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I'm a cellist and educator who has taught students of all ages and abilities. I strive to enable my students to find their own style and voice on the instrument. During the past six years my students have applied their skills in orchestras, recitals, and bands. My lesson plans include technical development, various repertoire including Suzuki, and exploration of personal musical interests and songwriting. Cello is my passion and I want to share that with you!

About Kristen

Kristen is an accomplished cellist and music educator who has been teaching private lessons since 2009. She has helped her students develop technique, confidence in playing, note reading, orchestral and improvisational skills.

Kristen received her training at the Boston Conservatory, earning a Bachelor of Music in String Performance (2008) and a Masters of Music in Music Education (2010.) Her teaching style can be described as kind, patient, and knowledgable, with the ability to help push her students to new heights through finding their own musical voice through the instrument.

Kristen is also an experienced performing musician. She has toured nationally and internationally, and her cello playing with the band Gem Club can be heard on NPR's "All Songs Considered" and "Tiny Desk Concerts." You can hear her on the soundtrack to ABC'

s "Private Practice" and "Revenge", as well as NBC's "Parenthood".
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October 20, 2018
JoAnn
Kristen is super friendly, easy to understand, and really makes the most of the time you have together!
May 31, 2018
Jacqueline S.
Kristen is an excellent teacher. She is extremely intuitive about her students needs and tailors the lesson to the students skill level. I look forward to the next lesson.
April 16, 2016
Rachel G.
Kristen is absolutely fantastic. Our teen was a first time cello player and she learned an immense amount and was completely inspired by Kristen.

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Kristen D.

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I have taught private cello as well as public school orchestra (elementary - high school) for many years. My approach is traditional with Suzuki materials and philosophy. In each lesson I cover basic fundamentals of cello playing, solo repertoire, ensemble playing, rhythm and theory. With a fun and enthusiastic approach, we will make a lot of progress in a short amount of time.

About Susan

Susan was born in California to a musical and artistic family. Susan studied with Margaret Rowell in Berkeley, California. In 1960, Susan was the winner of The International String Congress Competition and traveled to San German, Puerto Rico to study with Theodore Salzman. After graduating from Washington State University, Susan taught music, art and K-12 in various subjects in California, Wyoming and Utah, where she was married and raised two cello playing daughters.

Susan attended workshops with Dr. Suzuki and taught at many summer workshops. She worked at Kamimoto String Instruments in San Jose, California for 10 years and taught string orchestra in Moab and South Jordan, Utah while maintaining a cello and folk guitar studio. Some of her past honors include: Teacher of the Year, Moab, Utah, 1994, Utah State Legislature –Distinguis

hed Service in Education Award, 1993 and Outstanding Middle School Teacher- Utah Rural Schools, 1990.
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March 24, 2018
Gabby S.
She is the best... she makes each lesson interesting and fun for my daughter. She have a style of teaching that makes a child understand easy. She is very patient and will help student in anyway to learn and reach their goal. I am glad that we found her through Takelesson.
March 7, 2017
Cheryl
Great teacher, very organized and really knows het stuff! She very easy to work with.
October 15, 2016
Mariko
Taking cello lessons from Susan has been a wonderful experience for my child, and it has been lovely for me to associate with her. Susan has passion, warmth, and many years of experience. Initially, it can be a bit overwhelming (especially as a parent with little musical experience) to take in all that Susan will throw at you, but soon you will see the benefits of her broad range of knowledge and the holistic education she offers. She covers the many facets of playing cello, including rhythm, reading music, theory, group practices, careful attention to bow hold, tone production, performance, ensemble playing and listening. She is consistent and reliable. My child looks forward to Susan’s lessons each week and has commented, “Susan always finds something good, then gives me ideas on how to make it better.” She puts a lot of time, resources, and creativity into enriching activities that motivate kids to stay engaged and practice regularly. We highly recommend her!

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Pecos S.

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I have been teaching professionally for 8 years. I have experience teaching all ages and skill levels. I cater lessons specifically to meet every student's needs. I am an active performer in the DC area, and look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with my students.

About Pecos

DC-based cellist Pecos Singer was the winner of the 2016 Baroque Concerto Competition at the San Francisco Conservatory and has performed on baroque and modern instruments across the US, the Czech Republic, Italy and Austria. Pecos has recorded for the Naxos label as a Fellow at the National Orchestral Institute and collaborated with the SFCM Baroque Ensemble in a recording project with contemporary composer Mason Bates for the world premier of Auditorium with the San Francisco Symphony. A finalist in the Coeur d'Alene National Young Artists Competition, Pecos plays on a 1921 cello made by Giovanni Cutugno, generously on loan from the Carlsen Cello Foundation.

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October 16, 2019
Peter M.
Very patient and knowledgeable.
September 11, 2019
Peter M.
Excellent and very patient and knowledgeable tutor.
September 4, 2019
Peter M.
Excellent! Very patient.

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Vivian L.

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I believe that students should be given an opportunity to be shown how to practice. This is so that when the instructor is not there to guide, the student is able to know step-by-step of what they are supposed to do. Practice sessions should include scales, etudes, and solo repertoire. I will include individualized videos for weekly emails for each lesson with how to break down and practice the scale, section, or piece.

About Vivian

Vivian is violinist who has experienced teaching all ages. She is currently pursuing an Undergraduate Degree in Music Education(Instrumental) at Rowan University with the mindset of having a performance and education masters. She has recently awarded Teacher of the Month for July 2019 on Lessonface. Upcoming performances include works from Mozart, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky.

Past positions include Concertmaster of the Rowan Youth Orchestra. Occasionally plays with the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, judges All South Jersey Orchestra, and volunteers for Music at Bunker Hill, a Chamber Music Venue in Southern New Jersey. She has done masterclasses with Dimitris Chandrakis, Hal Grossman, and currently studies with Timothy Schwarz at Rowan University.

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Wei D.

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Good habits and an excellent attitude make great cellists. It doesn't hurt to love music too. I love music and I love to share my passion with my students.

Having a teacher who is an experienced performer is an important quality in a teacher. I am a professional classical musician currently working as a freelance cellist in the Chicago area. I play with Chicago Philharmonic, the Northbrook Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Northwest Indiana Symphony, among others. Before coming to Chicago I played for 13 seasons with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

I have taught privately for over 10 years including 2 years in Paris. My teaching is a reflection of my teacher, Phillippe Muller. I studied with Msr. Muller while studying at the Paris Conservatory. Msr. Muller is currently a Professor of Cello at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

About Wei

Even though I have been teaching and performing on the cello for most of my life, it's not all there is to who I am. I am a chef (almost--12 weeks to go), a mom, a wife. I have a cute little Tibetan Terrier that loves visitors. My husband and I love hiking in beautiful places.

Studying with me will be fun but it will also be challenging. I believe that being able to make music with your own two hands is worth the effort.

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May 20, 2019
Michael
Wei , is an excellent teacher,
She gave me really helpful practical suggestions and tips how to practice my bowing technique and it greatly improved my tone and made it easier to play and more fun too !
Thank you Wei ,you are a fantastic teacher!!

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Isaac
"I began cello lessons with JoAnn almost a year ago. This was an instrument I had always wanted to learn, so I bought a good student cello and nervously sc
heduled my first half hour lesson. Her availability didn't initially work well with my plan to take lessons prior to coming in to my work, but a quick phone call and we worked out a very agreeable schedule.

Eleven months later, our weekly 60 minute lessons are very enjoyable and I am progressing well. JoAnn has been very accommodating with her schedule, last-minute cancellations, and patience. Sometimes I dread my next lesson because I've been too busy to practice or too fatigued from work, but an hour later I leave with a smile on my face and more confidence with my instrument. Hey, this is fun!

I would not hesitate to recommend JoAnn to anyone, especially a busy, working adult. She is a very skilled cellist and teacher, incorporating many lessons from other disciplines into this. While her teaching course has been different than I expected (lots of focus on slow playing and no vibrato yet), I believe my playing is much, much better because of it. In the beginning I had planned on a couple months of weekly lessons. Now a year later, I have no intention of stopping - way too much fun! Thank you JoAnn!"
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Sheila
"I would highly recommend Meixu to everyone who is looking for learning cello. I just finished my ten lessons and my experience has been wonderful. I'm an
adult who never learned cello before and have been waiting to play cello for years. Thank Meixu who make my dream comes true. Meixu is incredibly nice, positive and encouraging. She is good at reminding me to enjoy the music while challenging my practice to the next level."
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Maggie
"Andrew is wonderful! He gives great feedback, is very patient, and very
talented. You can tell he knows what he's doing and has the skill to pass
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owledge along."
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Chance
"I'm Chance's mom. I see him really smile during and right after his lessons! Johanna has skill not only as a cellist and instructor, but also a caring tea
cher. She really gets the best out of him. Thank you Johanna!"
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Sofia
"She is excellent, my daughter loves her lessons. I have noticed a lot of improvement. Highly recommended."
Franklyn
"The first lesson was exactly as expected. Very professional. My son will continue with Katie. He is very excited to work with her."
Clara
"He is very encouraging. He finds pieces that will challenge. He has been a wonderful teacher."
PIUANUD
"MY DAUGHTER SO HAPPY TO HAVE YOU TO TEACH HER CELLO YOU ARE GREAT TEACHER AND KEEP STAUDENT KEEP UP THEY WORK.
THANK YOU JESSICA"
Mavi
"The lady is fantastic."

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