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I have been teaching cello lessons, both privately and in schools, since 2003. I have taught students of all levels, ages 4-80. I have an education from various aspects of music, with a BA in musicology from Yale, a MM in cello performance from the Mannes College of Music, and cello performance studies at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music. I maintain an active performing schedule in the New York area, where I play with a trio, a string quartet, and various other ensembles. I have been on the teaching faculties of the Mannes College of Music, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Creative Music and Art (Monroe, CT), and the Amadeus Conservatory of Music (Chappaqua).
Cellist Melody Giron was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She began her musical studies at age 4 at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. Giron began playing the cello at age six and gave her debut solo performance at age ten at the Commander’s Mansion in in Watertown, MA. She has since performed in concert halls of China, Europe, South America, Central America and the United States with orchestras, chamber groups, and as a soloist. Giron holds a bachelor’s degree in cello performance from New England Conservatory in Boston and a master’s degree in cello performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She has studied with Alan Stepansky and Natasha Brofsky, among others. Giron currently resides in New York City where she is actively engaged in a variety of ensemble and solo work. Most recently, Giron was invited to perform as part of renowned pianist and Irish music producer, Phil Coulter’s Twilight Christmas String Quartet. While on tour with Coulter, Giron performed for former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton at Carnegie Hall. In the summer of 2014 Giron was invited to perform for Boston Guitarfest’s “Emerging Artist Concert” at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. In 2013 she was an orchestra member of the Britten-Pears Young Artiste Programme for the widely proclaimed production of Benjamin Britten’s opera, Peter Grimes. She also participated in Penderecki Academy Orchestra of Westfalen, Germany as well as the Luslawice Academy Orchestra of Poland under the direction of Krzysztof Penderecki, as principal cellist. In 2012, Giron attended the International Holland Music Sessions, culminating a solo recital at Ruinkerk in Bergen, The Netherlands. Giron has also been a member of the Aims in Graz Orchestra, in Austria, where she was assistant principal cellist. In 2011, Giron was invited to perform Saint-Seans’ The Swan with the orchestra of the Sienna Summer Music Festival in Italy. While attending the Peabody Conservatory of Music for her master’s degree, Giron’s string trio was invited to perform in a master class with Takacs Quartet. Trio Vivre was also invited to perform in the “Thursday Noon Recital Series” for which Peabody Conservatory faculty selects their most advanced performers. Giron was also invited to play as a soloist for the conservatory’s “Thursday Noon Recital Series” in 2014. Committed and passionate about teaching and pedagogy, Giron is currently studying the Suzuki Method at the School For Strings in New York. Giron holds a private studio in addition to teaching for Harmony Program, a non-profit organization geared towards providing music education to low-income families of the NYC metro area. Additionally, Giron teaches early childhood music education for Silver Music School and private lessons for Musika, as well as holding a private studio of over a dozen students. Giron has worked with prominent artists and teachers such as the Takacs Quartet, Peabody Trio’s Seth Knopp, Violaine Melancon, as well as Vivian Weilerstein, James Buswell, Lucy Chapman, Benjamin Zander, and Hugh Wolff. Her summer studies have been with renowned faculty such as Eloenore Schoenfeld, Orlando Cole, Metta Watts, Dmitri Ferschtman, Rienhard Latzko, Tom Landschoot, and Mark Rudoff. Giron had the great honor of collaborating with pianist/harpsichordist John Gibbons for her senior recital at New England Conservatory. Giron’s primary teachers have been Laura Blustein, Mike Reynolds, Alan Stepansky, and Natasha Brofsky.
Luke is a cellist based in the New York area. As an orchestral musician Luke has toured extensively including China and Scandinavia and was a regular member of the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra. Until June 2011, Luke lived and performed in Austin, Texas playing popular and folk music and touring the southern part of the United States. He has a B.A. in music performance from Stony Brook University, studying under renowned soloist Colin Carr and the Emerson String Quartet. He is currently enrolled in the M.S.Ed degree in Music Education at Queens College.
I have been a student of the art since I was 11 years old. I studied at Five Towns College and have since performed with all manner of ensembles including Musical Theatre, Rock and Pop, Metal, Blues, and Opera. As well as teaching and performing, I am also an experienced guitar technician and repair professional. Music, and my commitment to my students has been my life for as long as memory serves. As a professional, I have been on tour, performed on stages, played in the studio, and taught students with an unfettered passion.
I completed my Master's degree at Tbilisi State Conservatoire under the guidance of Prof. Tamara Gabarashvili (Tchaikovsky competition 5th prize 1966). Since 2004 until 2015 I was a principal cellist of Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theater. Since 2004 I am teaching private cello lessons and also working at music schools and pre-school places, and I am also a member of a string quartet "Iberi." I actively perform chamber music, give solo concerts and participate in different music festivals.
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Music lessons are tailored to each students' specific needs. All students are different, and will make progress using different methods. The teachers in our network will work with the students on a case by base basis, ensuring that each student works to their highest ability. All lessons will be comprised of some variation of learning to read music, learning how to play the instrument technically, and learning to progress in their musicianship. While Musika does not mandate a particular style of teaching, if there is a method you are interested in we will do our best to match you with a teacher in our network that specializes in that area.
Here at Musika, adult students begin taking lessons daily. The teachers in our network work with the student to help achieve personal goals and further their music education. Whether a student is going to start from the very beginning, or continue years of previous study, adult lessons can cater to any skill level and age. Our in home lessons also offer a very convenient option for adults with busy schedules who are looking to start or continue their music adventure!
There are a couple different options to consider when looking to start cello lessons. Students can either purchase a cello, or they can rent through an instrumental music store. Renting is usually done on a monthly basis, and the instrument will come with almost all the accessories you need. Renting is, more than often, the best option for beginners as it is less of a financial commitment. It also comes in handy when the students under the age of 18 who may be starting with a smaller sized instrument. By renting, you make it easier to change instruments as the student grows into a larger cello.
In-home lessons are the most popular choice with Musika students. It allows both beginning and advance students to study their instrument even with very busy schedules. You will not spend time or money on traveling and will have the same quality of lessons with our qualified instructors. Children and adults both love the idea of in-home lessons as it allows learning to occur in the comforts of home.
We recommend children begin cello around age 7 or 8. With the cello being a larger member of the string family, it is important that the child is comfortable with the size of the instrument. The knowledgeable teachers in our network can help you choose the correct size. As beginning students, children are introduced to the technical aspects of playing, musicianship, and how to read and understand music.
Review by Svea Bryan
Brett is an accomplished musician, who shared his knowledge at a level that my five year old understands. He is polite and relaxed in his mannerisms but take a serious approach to focusing on the lesson. He is very patient and engaging with the attention span you'd expect from a kindergartener. His motto ever is "sometime you learn faster by going slow"
Review by Heather Berest
I started my 5 yr old daughter with Karleen this Fall. Karleen has a calm and honest disposition. My daughter adores her and cannot wait for her arrival. I was concerned because my daughter is not so willing to "practice" during the week. Karleen advised me to allow her habits of practicing to evolve naturally as her love and understanding of piano increases. She emphasized how nurturing my daughter's love of music is most important. This was music to my ears :)
Review by Shilpa
"Richard is a very talented and a patient teacher. He teaches my 6 year old daughter in the comfort of our home and he is very regular. He follows a learning book and mixes his lessons to bring difficulty and technicality while keeping it interesting for my daughter. My daughter was difficult to work with at the beginning but he was able motivate her in every possible way. As a parent I make an effort to learn with my daughter so that when my daughter practices I am able to guide and correct her and Richard is very generous to take the time to give provide me concepts. I am extremely happy with Richard and his ability to teach children."
Review by Violetking
Bill has been a great teacher for both my 6 yr. old and my 8 yr. old. He is always on time, keeps them engaged, and gives them just enough of a challenge for the next week. They are both beginners, but I am surprised by how much they already know after just a month or so of lessons. Both kids are practicing willingly and look forward to lesson.
Review by Ashley S.
Ali was an amazing voice coach! She taught in a way that made sense to me, and helped me find the voice placements I needed. I didn't know I could sound like that! My development with her was leaps and bounds rather than tiny dreadful steps that happen when you don't know what's going on! Ali was dedicated to helping me work on an audition for a music scholarship and I nailed it all thanks to her, seriously. I can't thank her enough! She helped me with the tools and confidence I needed to sing in the real world alone rather than just back row in a large choir.
Review by Mythili Lahiri
My son is truly enjoying his lessons with Chris. He looks forward to them and is motivated to practice. Chris is conscientious and shows up on time and whenever he is supposed to. He communicates clearly if rescheduling is ever required and is accommodating when we need to change the day. I would recommend Chris to anyone.
Review by Andy Snyder
Giorgi has made learning cello even more fun. From the sympathetic, "It is hard" to the precise, "Be careful about the curve of the thumb" he has strengthened learning in every lesson, without being overwhelming. He started playing a little duet on only the 3rd lesson or so, which made me feel, even as a beginner, that I'm already starting to make (occasionally screachy) music. He has suggested a variety of drills and practice techniques which have also sped up the process a lot. And he has a good sense of humor and surprising amount of patience.
Review by Cameron D.
After signing up for lessons with David L. I knew I made the right choice. Just after a couple of weeks I didn't see him as a teacher but as a best friend. There was always a relaxed atmosphere during the lessons. He was very easy to talk to and he really listen to you. If I ever had a question he would answer. He tailors to what ever you want to do in that lesson. David L. is a great teacher and a friend. I totally recommend him for anyone
Review by Timothyfullard
We've only had a few lessons with Elisa, but so far we really like her. She has a lot of great suggestions for solo pieces as well as orchestral music that involves all 3 of my boys, while also including some Christian music that we can play at church. She is very patient in explaining the lessons and encouraging!
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