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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.
I am a performer, and also a music historian. I try to teach my students the aspects of performing, and technique, as well as the history and culture of the music they will learn.
I love teaching beginners of any age including special needs students. Most importantly, I will help you learn to play the music you LOVE and stay motivated.
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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It is never too late to start learning an instrument! Adult students appreciate the convenience of our in home lessons, as they can schedule them around other commitments they may have. Whether you are a complete beginner, or have been playing for years, the teachers in our network can work with all ages and abilities.
Musika offers customized one-on-one music lessons at your home - a time saving solution for busy parents and students. The convenience of in-home cello lessons allows you to save time without having to transport your child to class, allows your child to maximize their busy schedule, and provides a safe and familiar environment in which to learn.
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.
Because of the cello's large size, our recommended starting age is seven or eight, although exceptions can certainly be made for a younger student who is capable of handling the instrument properly and who has sufficient strength in the fingers and hands. The cello is also an excellent instrument for older students who have some experience with other members of the string family, or even as a beginning instrument.
Review by Natalie Kretcher
I really like her. And as an adult student, a good teacher who keeps the pace up but still keeps it reasonable in terms of difficulty is really hard to find. She does a great job of explaining little detail things in terms I (as a musically challenged human) can understand. I'm having a blast! 10/10 would recommend!
Review by Ruslan
She is the most amazing teacher ever. She is not only w great teacher but she's so fun to work with. She has taught me so many things in such little amount of time things I didn't even know I could do. I recommend Andrea to everyone. She is an amazing singer and cares a lot about her students. She's the best!!
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 Debbie E.
I had always wanted to take vocal lessons, but was very nervous about it until I had the opportunity to have Ali as my instructor. She made me feel very comfortable and helped me realize my strengths while giving me other areas to work on and strengthen. I liked how Ali had me sing out of my "comfort" zone to realize my vocal range. It is obvious that Ali loves music and sharing that love with her students. She is very good at what she does and works well with both male and female voices. I highly recommend Ali and give her solid 5 stars
Review by Jenn
My son and I both take lessons with Micheal. My son started on the ukulele and recently started the guitar. He is excellent with children. Very patient and very intuitive to the child's ability. He is also an excellent teacher for adults. I had not touched my guitar in several years and in a couple months not only to I remember everything I forgot but I'm learning many new techniques and am a much better player than I've ever been.
Review by Scott
David is not only a great musician and educator but also a delightful human. We began using David six years ago as a piano teacher for my two boys. Since then my eldest moved on to acoustic and electric guitar and my youngest electric and stand up bass. Somewhere along the way I began to take guitar lessons also (I was David's most bearded student at age 48). David always came prepared to lead but also to follow, he often asked what we were listening to and taught us how to play it. His ability to listen to a piece of music and transcribe it always left me amazed, we have several notebooks full of songs we learned individually or played as a group. After a shoulder injury David continued to impress by teaching me music theory instead of our usual lesson. I could go on forever, David made a positive impact on my family and feel fortunate to have met him.
Review by Wendy
Bill has been great with my 2 young children (age 3 & 6). He has integrated games into the lessons - they have enjoyed showing us how to play the games when it is time to practice piano. Bill has been easy to contact and rescheduling has not been a problem if we have a conflict at our regular lesson time.
Review by Travis Dalenberg
Travis is the greatest. He knows his music and how to teach it. He gives you time to learn, but will not allow student time to get lazy. I know he teaches all age groups. Young pre-teens to us old folks 78 years young. I have been taking lessons from him since early December 2014. He is a true professional. You can't go wrong with him.
Review by Robert Stallone
I am in my 60s and decided to get back into playing my guitar. I thought taking lessons would be a good way to formalize the endeavor. I did have some concern about whether working with a teacher would work out as I've behave only played for my own enjoyment for a long time. Peter and I have had a few lessons together and I am truly enjoying the experience. He is very supportive and flexible. We arrived at a three gold approach that is really working for me. We focus on developing a playlist, learning some of the more iconic tunes from leading artist that I would have a hard time learning on my own and developing some technical skills related to style and music theory. Now I look forward to my next lesson and am already playing better and enjoying the journey. Peter is a great teacher I'm lucky to have the opportunity to work with him.
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