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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 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 am a 23 year old cellist currently residing in Northern New Jersey (Millburn). I graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a Bachelor's degree in Classical Cello Performance. I began playing cello in elementary school, and not soon after began participating in Youth Orchestras both in New Jersey and in New York. After attending several music festivals over the summer, I took an interest in music as a career. After attending New York University for two years, I decided to transfer over to the Manhattan School of Music to have a more career-focused education. As someone who enjoys giving back to the community, I work a few days a month as a certified Emergency Medical Technician.
I'm a passionate, motivated teacher who loves with students of all ability levels and trying to encourage a love of music in my students. I am currently working towards a BM double degree in Music Education and Violin Performance at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. I've had the opportunity to play all over the world through my youth orchestra and I have had even greater opportunites through my college. This spring I will be performing at the Avery Fischer Hall in New York with the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra.
I completed my Master's degree at Tbilisi State Conservatoire under the guidance of Associate Prof. Micheil Khoshtaria and Prof. Tamara Gabarashvili (Tchaikovsky competition 5th prize 1966).Since 2004 until 2015 I was a principal cellist of Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre.I have experience in teaching private cello lessons, music school teaching and kindergarten music lessons since 2004,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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Musika works with students of all ages. We teach adults at any skill level, whether it be beginner or advanced. The teachers in our network will make a specific lesson plan to help adult students progress in their studies, and aid them in any specific goals they have. While many people think of children when beginning music lessons, our adult students have had great success in increasing their musical abilities!
All students will need their own cello for lessons, and practicing. Renting or purchasing is decision each student will need to make. Advanced players usually choose to own their instruments, but for beginners renting is most likely a more convenient choice. When you rent, you are equipped with almost all of the accessories you will need, such as a bow and a case. It is also a smaller financial commitment than purchasing for students that are unsure of their level of completion. Renting is by far the best idea for children, as cellos come in different sizes, and it is most likely that younger students will start with a smaller and need to move up. Your instructor from our nework will be able to let you know what size cello works best for you.
When you choose in home lessons, you choose convenience. You are able to save time in your day and travel expenses. It may be easier for children to learn when they are in a familiar environment and feel more at ease. For adults, it can be a welcome reprieve from a hectic travel schedule.
The teachers in our network create a customized lesson plan for every student, so no two students' lesson plans will be identical. Topics covered during Musika's cello lessons may include, but are not limited to: learning the notes on the cello, proper finger placement and bowing technique, how to read music, beginning to Advanced repertoire, including common orchestral excerpts, music theory, basic form and analysis, and most importantly, how to have fun playing the 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 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 Stan
My two daughters wanted to study piano fore some time now and just recently I found Musikalessons website and teacher Milica. I can only say that my daughters are very happy with their piano lessons and simply adore Milica. They already made a great progress and we're all happy with what they learned in this short period. Thank you Musikalessons and Milica.
Review by Emily
Steve gets you started right away with songs but also goes into music theory and reading music which adds to understanding and appreciation of the music. He is very approachable and you can tell that he absolutely loves music and teaching. It is hard not to be excited about the process of learning with Steve. If you are considering lessons I highly recommend Steve for any level of student.
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 Maurice Romero
This is the 1st time I've ever taken lessons, and Robert has been a pleasure to work with. I've made quick progress and have enjoyed the process. I'm always listening for those tips that you can't find in a book. I can count on Robert to be strict on the fundamentals and am clear it will make a difference in the long run.
Review by Bradford Putt
Angela has been a perfect match-up for me. She is warm and welcoming, and also serious about teaching - she keeps our time focused and on track. What I truly appreciate, as a new singer anxiously preparing for an event, is the confidence she gives me. Angela is very encouraging. I enjoy coming to class.
Review by Nancy
Darrell is A-Maz-Ing! He demands results from his students and therefore results come quickly. The time he spends teaching is intense and packed with great instruction. He is a tough teacher but offers lots of valuable instruction that is applicable for music as well as life in general. I highly recommend Darrell if you are ready for results!
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 Jon
Michael is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher. The first thing he did was to determine what I wanted to get out of lessons, and what my existing skill level is. He is now aiming me in the right direction - and he is clearly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable, in addition to being very easy to get along with. I'm very happy.