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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.
Bach was a household icon for my family during my childhood. Every March we hosted Bach Birthday Parties and I was raised with a love of music. Although I’d studied piano since age five, at times without much enthusiasm, everything changed when I reached age eleven and “met” my first cello. From the start, I knew I’d found my “medium” in life. The cello was for me! Throughout middle and high school, I played a great deal of chamber music and participated in school and borough-wide orchestras. At Bennington College I majored in music and joined the Vermont State Symphony! I was playing cello every chance I could. Following my college graduation, I spent the year in Paris, studying cello and composition. Upon my return to NYC I launched my own self-styled performing and teaching career. I earned my Master of Arts Degree in Cello Performance at Brooklyn College. All the while, I was performing in various groups such as a 5 woman chamber ensemble called Mother Chord, and, as mentioned above, with the mandolin-English Concertina-cello trio called Calle Strada Strasse and with the musician that took me furthest around the world-Suni Paz, an Argentine singer/songwriter with whom I played from 1976 to 1997, touring Germany, Mexico, and throughout the U.S. What a gratifying experience that has been! Despite Suni’s move to California, we still perform together every year.
I am a recent graduate of the Monclair State University Music Education Master's program. I also graduated from William Paterson University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. My primary instrument is the violin. My main secondary instrument is the piano. I currently perform with the Adelphi Orchestra. I have taught in the New Jersey public school system. I have been teaching private piano and violin lessons for about 6 years.
I began playing cello in elementary school and started teaching cello lessons while I was in middle school. I love to teach and share music with my students. I graduated Manhattan School of Music in 1977 and proceeded to get my Masters degree and teaching certificate. I performed at churches, NJ Pops,musicals and with several opera companies.
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While advanced students may choose to buy a cello, beginner students will need to decide whether they would like to purchase or rent. Most all musical instrument stores will have a rental program where students can pay monthly for their instruments. Rentals for beginners offer many benefits. For children, they will be able to easily move up in size as they grow. Your teacher will be able to let you know what size is appropriate to start with. Beginning adults will almost always start with a full size cello, but renting is less of a financial commitment than buying a cello.
Young cello students will learn all aspects of how to play their instrument. They will be taught proper technique, and how to read music, all while working at their own individual pace. The cello is a large instrument, but comes in different sizes. The teachers in our network will be able to advise you on what size is best for the student. Our recommended age for beginning the cello is around 7 or 8.
All of the teachers in our network are highly qualified and ready to teach so the student will be successful with their instrument. There is no particular method of teaching used in each lesson, as the teacher will work with the student to determine what route will be most successful. All lessons will have aspects of learning proper technique, music theory, and musicianship, as well as anything the student may be interested in learning.
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"My daughter has been a student with Mark for over a year. She has come so far and has learned so much in such a short time. Mark is extremely talented and knowledgeable. He is very serious, patient and super nice. If your child or if you really WANT to learn the drums, then I highly recommend Mark. He is our third instructor and the best one yet! You will not be disappointed." Michelle S.
Review by Alamu Vinai
Usually I don't write reviews. I am compelled to write for Feng. I've experience finding/working with many music teachers over the years for different instruments (piano, flute, sax) for kids. I think Feng is the best, he is so passionate about music, he encourages the kids. He teaches thoroughly - you can tell he knows lot about saxophone. I would definitely recommend Feng!!
Review by Marcia Hecht
Karleen has really turned it around for me. My previous teacher (not from Musika) had me feeling anxious, upset, and incapable...NOT the desired result! Karleen's method is clear, appropriate for my beginning level, and (best of all) actually lets me achieve some progress! I'm actually looking forward to my lessons now!
Review by Ericcharlton
Rahsaan is an extremely talented player who relates really well with my teenagers. He has them both interested in learning. Given Rahsaan's expertise, it's clear that even though they are beginners now, they can learn from him for a long time to come. He's a real nice laid-back guy and both the boys really enjoy their time with him. I've been very impressed and pleased with the experience.
Review by Karl B
“My son and I have been taking lessons with Lynn for 5 or 6 years now. She is very patient with younger students (& older students having "senior moments"). She is also flexible in her lessons in that if we want to work on theory, jazz, rock, blues, she will cater to our requests.” – Karl B., C.P.A., Aug 2015
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 Linda
I am a beginning guitar player that has now taken five lessons with Jeff. I cannot speak highly enough of Jeff has a guitar teacher! I have learned more in five lessons than the months I spent trying to learn on my own. Jeff has introduced me to music apps that I can use during my practice sessions, followed up our lessons with comments and/or music, is very encouraging - yet holds high standards. During my lessons I feel that Jeff is very observant and tuned in to your positioning when playing - whether it be your wrist, your arm, or your fingers. He always offers recommendations on ways to try to fix something that I might be struggling with. He really pays attention. As an aside, Jeff is a very talented songwriter and musician. Check him out on YouTube. His songs are very beautiful and inspirational. I'm honored to be his student! - Linda
Review by Brad Schimmer
I have been playing the drums for about 5 years and I have to say that Alvaro is very patient. He has opened me up to new styles of music and I can now play a Songo groove! What I liked most was that he was flexible in what I wanted him to teach me and would also bring in new material specifically to what I wanted him to show me. Overall, great patient teacher and would highly recommend! Thanks Alvaro!
Review by James F.
After my first piano lesson, Polina is easily the best teacher I could have hoped for. Extremely charismatic and excited to help YOU learn the piano. She puts a lot of effort into evaluation your learning style and will no doubt help you make tremendous strides! I'm stoked to continue taking lessons!