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Arlette C In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Cello
Styles: Classical

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Arlette C In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Cello
Styles: Classical

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Ages Taught: 7-67
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

Bachelor Degree: , Master Degree: in Cello Performance, Conducting and beginning violin Only (half position and first position)

Awards:

Full Scholarship Award--University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Margaret Aue Award- Outstanding cello Performance California State University of Northridge

Student Solo winner at California State University of Northridge

Scholarship Award Graduate Quartet- University of Michigan

1986 Tour of Europe with American and German Opera Companies

Overview:
I began my cello studies at the age of 10 at El Marino Elementary School, with music teacher, Mrs. Ray Mulholand. She was the best teacher for all of us who wanted to play an instrument. She not only played each instrument in some fashion but was able to form a full orchestra. After one year of study with Ms. Cottington ( now Mrs. Mulholland), I then started private lessons with Mr. Samuel Guest. That same year I joined Meremblum which comprised of 3 levels of orchestras. Beginning was Pathfinder, then Pioneer and then ultimately Junior Symphony. My very first solo was with Pathfinder at the age of 12 under the direction of Mr. George Roden. I successfully joined the other two orchestras up until I was 17. I then auditioned for Interlochen Music Camp in Traverse City, Michigan at the age of 15. My first time away from home and on a journey to seek out great music, great musicians, and enormous pride to be chosen by Interlochen. The experience was so amazing I returned again a few years later. I recommend all my colleagues to encourage their music students to attend this amazing Music Camp. After returning from Interlochen I then changed teachers and began my studies with Mr. Alexander Reisman, a graduate from New England Conservatory. He taught me how to play with my heart and soul and to create beautiful music. My musicality was finally making sense and I had won a few local competitions as I continued to work with Mr. Reisman. I am ever so grateful for his guidance. My biggest inspiration were two great cellists; Mstislav Rostropovich and Jacqueline du Pré. Both cellists showed so much passion while playing the cello that it makes one happy, sad, upset and all the possible range of emotions one has. I listened and watched so many recordings, and videos of both of them that at the age of 19 I was certain that playing the cello was my career and I wanted to be the best cellist I could be. I also had the great fortune to see Rostropovich in concert when I was 16. Absolutely a game changer for me! At 17 I auditioned and was accepted into American Youth Symphony under the tutelage of Mr. Mehli Mehta (father of Zubin Mehta). In this orchestra I studied a great deal of big symphonies such as; Beethoven Symphonies, Brahms Symphonies, Mozart Symphonies, Tone Poems, and the list goes on. He taught me how to be a solid orchestral player. As a member of the orchestra we traveled to Washington D.C. and performed in a beautiful hall. What a treat to see the White House and to play in Washington D.C. My College Education Soon after I was on my way to University and with a partial scholarship at the University of Northridge where I completed my Bachelor Degree. While going to school I was able to play with several orchestras and perfect my orchestral repertoire. I graduated CSUN and was accepted on a Full Scholarship to the University of Michigan. I studied under Jeffrey Solow (protégé of Gregor Piatigorsky). In the short time that I was in Michigan, I learned a tremendous amount of great cello technique and musicality. Jeffrey was so profound for me that after graduating from Michigan in one year, I returned to Michigan to work with Jeffrey Solow as a private student. After leaving Michigan I was hired to tour Europe with an American Theater Group & German Company. After my tour I returned to Michigan to study with Jeffrey Solow for an additional 4 years and I was now ready to conquer my auditions for a professional orchestra. My Professional Life I returned to California in 1991 and worked as Operations Manager for the Inland Empire Symphony Orchestra in San Bernardino, California. I remained in this position for three years. I worked closely with then Executive Director Susan Feller. I learned a great deal about running an orchestra and all the important aspects that need to be addressed in order to be successful. I moved from San Bernardino to Culver City which is my hometown and I investigated what music programs there were for students in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. To my horror the entire music program that Mrs. Mulholland so successfully ran for many years, was now no longer being offered to young kids. This was in the Culver City district and at the LAUSD it was also the same issue. I was heartbroken to see that program disappear because it was fundamentally the best program available in the public schools. After the shock of what had happened to our music program, I then opened my first Cello Studio in Culver City. I was quite successful and I opened my second studio in 2012 in Reseda, California. I love teaching cello and I am always amazed by my students abilities and how far they have achieved in the time I have been their teacher. After some thought, with my family's support I organized a small chamber ensemble and performed our first concert in 1997. Since then I have been Music Director, with my brother Andrés Cárdenes as Artistic Director. The Culver City Chamber Orchestra has allowed me to present children's concerts, great works by famous composers, and it allowed me to form a superb "CELLO MANIA" ensemble. This ensemble is my favorite simply because it features 8 cellos!!! We perform classical music, pop music and even some Broadway music. The ensemble is represented by the best cellists in the Los Angeles area. Check out Culver City Chamber orchestra website: for our current schedule and especially "CELLO MANIA". If you are interested in coming to Cello Mania check out our website at: ccchamberorchestra.org My personal webpage is on wix.com arlettecardenes.wixsite.com/mysite-1
EXPERIENCE
My teaching experience while I was a student at University of Michigan, and I was asked to substitute a cello teacher at the Conservatory of Music in Saginaw, Michigan for one year.  After that one year, I was sold that I wanted to be a teacher.  Today, I teach out of my first home in Culver City, and my current home in Reseda Ca for a total of 23 years.  I also teach beginning Violin.   In the last 23 years I have had my own orchestra, and I am the Music Director and have had many youth concerts, and professional concerts as well. I have been blessed to be teaching so many children and Adults. I have had some spectacular teachers and I am delighted to pass on what I have learned as a cellist. Technique is so important in learning the violin or the cello and by learning scales, etudes, short pieces and then advancing more difficult is the process in learning both these instruments. I have been successful with several of my students where some have won scholarships, solo playing, and early duets, trios and quartets. My students range from beginners to advance playing, and each student is different and requires different approaches. Regardless, I teach the same technical skills to all my students just in different ways so that they accomplish something from each lesson. I have been teaching a great deal of young students and quite a few Adults as well.
METHODS USED
I teach from the traditional method.  I use the String Builder as it give the student a step by step method on how to learn the notes and how to understand the notes on the page.  This method teaches you 2 ideas simultaneously.  You read music, and play at the same time.  There are many methods of teaching, and I am aware of all of them, but I am very successful with the Traditional method and the String Builder Method Book. I encourage my students to learn one step at a time so that the study of cello is done methodically. It is the easiest way and logical way to learn a string instrument either violin, viola, cello or bass.
LESSON STYLE
My style is fun, joking around, but firm and serious.  I expect that my students be prepared for every lesson, but to also have fun at the same time.  I don't want to be stogy, or boring.  So I like to see my students smiling and laughing, but learning and enjoying their instruments.  The more the undesrtand their instruments and laugh the more they will enjoy playing that will lead to more technical advances. My teaching style is who I am as a person and how I teach is the same way. I love to keep the students engaged so that the learning process is fun. In addition, these are instruments are hard, but not impossible to learn. I started playing cello at 10 years of age, and I have had good teachers and bad teachers. I have accumulated all the lessons I have from all my teachers and I have a lot of teaching to share with all my students.
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Lee Grant

5

Arlette and I have become good friends as well as being Teacher/Student because Arlette is extremely competent and pleasant to be with. I like her personally as well as being my teacher.

Review posted on Jul 07, 2017

Angele Caron

5

Arlette is awesome! Learning as an adult can be frustrating - it should be a conversation, and we have some great ones! I understand my cello so much better after just three lessons with her and I enjoy my lessons tremendously!

Review posted on Sep 29, 2016

Edna

5

My son is 4 years old and he is doing great with her. We are very pleased with her. I drive a distance but well worth it, she's terrific.

Review posted on Aug 08, 2015

Susan

5

I have been really enjoying the lesson from Arlette. She is patient and very good.

Review posted on Feb 26, 2015

Janet

5

Takes the time to teach a 10 year old music theory as well as gently correcting her fingering and bow positions. Charli thinks she knows more than she truly does and Arlette is excellent at teaching/correcting in a manner that doesn't ruffle Charli's feelings.

Review posted on Jan 15, 2015
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