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Here are just a few of the many teachers offering Cello lessons in Los Angeles . Whether you are looking for beginner guitar lessons for your kids, or are an adult wanting to improve your skills, the instructors in our network are ready to help you now!
Instruments: Violin Cello Viola
In my lessons, I take an integrated approach to music education, drawing connections between music of practically any style, genre, or tradition; between musical technique, analysis, and expression; and between music as an abstract entity (e.g., a score, an acoustic phenomenon) and the cultural and historical context in which it is both composed and performed. I work on music not only from the Western classical tradition, but also from pop, rock, jazz, and folk music from around the world, as I believe all musical styles are worthy of exploration and consideration. Read More
Instruments: Piano Violin Cello Viola
I've been actively teaching for nearly 35 years. Teaching children as well as adults. I graduated from Drake University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Music Education. While in college I played professionally in the Des Moines Symphony and was the winner of the Young Artist Contest which afforded me the privilege of featured soloist with the Drake Symphony Orchestra. I've travelled Europe performing in America's Youth in Concert and have played at Carnegie Hall, Notre Dame. Read More
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For beginning students who are children, I typically start with Hal Leonards Essential Elements book, as well a basic understanding of music. Once the student has progressed to have a nice grasp of the fundamentals of music, I usually begin to introduce solo repertoire appropriate for their first recital performance. I also believe in the importance of listening to as many professional recordings as possible of the instrument the student is taking lessons on. Read More
Instruments: Guitar Cello Bass Guitar Ukulele Mandolin Acoustic Guitar
I have been teaching for the last 10 years. I taught at the East Bay Waldorf School in Berkeley, CA immediately after graduating college where I taught 5-13 year olds. I have taught private lessons to all ages. I can teach lead and rhythm guitar in a variety of styles including pop, jazz, rock. I can teach improvisation and theory. I have a good educational background in theory as it was an important part of my degree so am able to go over both written and ear training in good detail. Read More
Instruments: Piano Guitar Voice Violin Cello Bass Guitar Double Bass Music Classical Guitar Acoustic Guitar
While enjoying all school music activities I was selected to join in honor county and state orchestras and choirs. In junior high and high school I was selected to play for the Junior Pacific Symphony Orchestra, received scholarships to music summer camps, and was selected musician of the year. In college my quest continued with the Orange Coast College Orchestra, Praise Symphony Orchestra, Vanguard University Orchestra as well as guitar ensembles and college choir groups. Read More
Instruments: Voice Cello Drums Mallet Percussion Orchestral Percussion Latin Percussion
In 1984 I was a music instructor for the Canadian Forces School of Music in Esquimalt British Columbia. Over the last three decades I have taught one-on-one lessons and ensembles at all levels including Elementary, Middle, and High School levels. More recently I founded MusiCali Kids with my wife, servicing families with the award winning program Music Together. I recently taught for the Crestwood Music Education center in N.Y. where I had over 30 students, as well as served as Conductor of the string orchestras and percussion ensemble. Read More
If you play more than one instrument, how did you decide to start playing the second? (Or 3rd, 4th, 5th, etc)!
I started learning violin as a secondary instrument about 10 year ago. I was taught by my brother who is considered to be in the top 5 violinists in the U.S.A. I am very fortunate to have learned from the very best and now I can share my knowledge with my students. As the Violin is my secondary instrument, I have confined my teaching only to Beginning Violin which is approximately 1-2 years. After the student is proficient at the beginning level I then suggest to the student and parents to study with another teacher is more advanced than I am. Of course I have many names to offer the parents so that continue to get the best teacher possible.
If you weren't a musician what do you think you'd be doing instead?
Very hard question simply because I've never done anything else in my life. I did have to supplement my income by working as a medical secretary. At this point I hope to stay playing and teaching for many years to come.
What is your favorite style/genre of music to play and why?
I love classical of course, but I also like Broadway and popular music. I am classically trained and I am most comfortable playing classical and teaching classical. I created "Cello Mania" about 6 years ago which consists of 8-10 professional cellist and we perform works from the classical style to rock 'n' roll. By hiring a composer we have been able to play music from Ricky Martin, U-2, Lady Gaga, Pirates of the Caribbean, Elivs Presley and Gloria Estefan just to name a few great singers.
What does a normal practice session look like for you?
Assuming this question is truly about practicing and not a lesson. Then practicing should involve slow and thorough practicing by reading the correct notes, knowing which finger needs to be associated with the note. This should be done every day in order to learn each note. then on the 3rd day playing the entire piece. At this point, if you have some errors, isolate what is the problem, fix that problem after 5 times. Then back up one measure and try playing two measures together. If your problem is fixed then you practiced correctly. After this point, start from the beginning and your problem should have been resolved.
Do you use specific teaching methods or books? (Ex: Alfred, Bastion, Suzuki, Hal Leonard) Why did you choose them if you did?
Yes I use String Builder by Applebaum. This book is very helpful because it is a step by step method, that way there is a logical order in which the student learns. There are other books such as Alfred, Hal Leonard, or Suzuki, but I am very happy with the String Builder.
How do I know if my child is ready to start lessons?
My standard for knowing a child is ready to start lessons is a few criteria. Can the student read. If so they can then read music because music is a language and it requires the understanding of reading in order to learn how to play. The student should be very interested in the instrument they want to learn, and try to visit some concerts so they may see their instrument being played by professionals. This way, they can see and hear their instrument in a live concert.
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