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Instruments: Cello
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Latin, Avant-Garde

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Maxfield W In Home In Studio
Instruments: Cello
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Latin, Avant-Garde

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Ages Taught: 5-80
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BM, Indiana University, Cello Performance with Sharon Robinson / MM, University of Wisconsin, Cello Performance with Uri Vardi / Suzuki Certified

Overview:

Music enables levels of communication and understanding between human beings that we don't come close to in the rest of our society and interactions. From my love for chamber music and recognition of music and art as an integral vocabulary for expanding global dialogue, understanding, and peace, I look for performance, creation, recording, and collaboration in classical, tango, contemporary, world, popular, and interdisciplinary artistic projects. Some of my teachers have included Peter Howard, Jorja Fleezanis, Atar Arad, Tanya Carey, and Sally Gross (choreographer). Through my performance and teaching I am always working to expand the role of cello and art in daily culture, challenging both audiences and performers to find new ways to explore and connect.

EXPERIENCE

I have been lucky to study with renowned teachers at top music schools while traveling to music festivals around the world to play with interesting musicians in a great variety of cultures and styles. For me, the the experience of music has no boundries between concert halls, teaching studios, street corners, galleries, or artistic genres. I am eager to share with my students the wealth of possibilities of sound, art, and collaboration on the cello while providing a solid physical mastery of the instrument which enables beginning to advanced students the opportunity and flexibility to take their music to varied genres and major music schools. My students discover new ways to believe in themselves and their accomoplishments and lessons are an encouraging environment to find new challenges.

METHODS USED

I have taught a full range of ages and abilities from adult beginners to music school bound high schoolers to classes of young children and know that every student has a unique frame of reference and set of goals. For everyone, I focus on making the instrument feel as comfortable and organic as possible calling on my background with diverse movement modalities from Feldenkrais to dance to sports. I often recommend a Suzuki track for beginner students (I am SAA certified) and I always work to find repertoire and styles which are relatable for each individual. Although lessons are one on one I use my extensive background playing and coaching chamber music to provide my students with the tools to play with other musicians. No matter what, lessons are based on questions, dialogue, and feedback in order to meet students needs in the most effective and positive way possible.

LESSON STYLE

In every student/teacher partnership I undertake, we work together to explore how the brain works consciously and subconsciously to interpret and assimilate information so that when we play the instrument we move and produce sound with integrity. Lessons are always based on questions, dialogue, feedback, and interaction in order to organically meet students needs in the most effective and positive way possible.

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