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Instruments: Cello
Styles: Classical, Musical Theater, Opera, Avant-Garde

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Robert K In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Cello
Styles: Classical, Musical Theater, Opera, Avant-Garde

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Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
Advanced Musical Studies, Orchestral Performance - Carnegie Mellon University Master of Music, Cello Performance - The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University Bachelor of Music, Cello Performance - Duquesne University
Awards:

2018 - Glace Clagett Ranney Prize for Chamber Music, The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University

2017 - Opera Orchestra Fellow and Principal Cello, Miami Music Festival

2016 - Principal Cello, Peabody String Sinfonia

2013 - Cellist and Co-founder, Ferrum String Quartet

Overview:
I am professional cellist and teacher who loves to share the joy of music with everyone. I have degrees from Peabody Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon University, and Duquesne University, and have performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician with many ensembles throughout the country and around the world, including cities like Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, and Bratislava to name a few. Through my experiences in music, I have learned that playing music is an incredible gift both for the player and the listener. I believe that music is a gift that is meant to be shared, whether it is with family and friends, or with those in need. I was a founding member and director of an outreach ensemble based in Baltimore that focused on sharing love through music in the greater Baltimore area with parts of the community who are in need, including performances at women's shelters, homeless veterans' shelters, hospitals, prisons, soup kitchens and drug addiction recovery homes. These experiences deeply affected me as a person and have shaped me into the musician and teacher I am today.
EXPERIENCE
My experiences with teaching began when I was a sophomore in college, and began simply as teaching friends of mine who were interested in learning cello. This evolved into a growing studio that brought me to various different settings with many different students aging from 5 to 57. These experiences led to everything from regular weekly private lessons, to giving talks at schools about the benefits of music education, and to teaching at summer festivals for children. My job as a teacher is to find out what path best serves my students, whether they are very serious about becoming a high level performer, are curious to find out more about music, or are just a beginner and touching an instrument for their first time. It is important to me that my students achieve their goals, no matter what they are, but it is equally important that my students develop a love and respect for music of all kinds and to have fun doing it!
METHODS USED
Each student has a unique set of needs that need to be addressed depending on their age, experience, and goals. The first step, regardless of the level of my student, is for me to learn more about them as a person and find out how I could best help them. For younger, newer students, this path usually includes a few theory and technical books that will help them learn the fundamentals of the instrument and the basics of music writing and history. I am an advocate for music learning to be comprehensive and not limited to learning how to just play the notes. I want all my students to learn why a piece of music was written the way it was, learn about who wrote it, and learn about what the world they lived in was like. Although I am not a Suzuki Teacher, I have been trained in the Suzuki method and typically supplement repertoire using the Suzuki books, which provide a phenomenal list of music designed to take the beginning cellist from playing Twinkle, Twinkle to playing standard concertos and Bach. I also emphasize that my students play things that THEY want to, whether that is jazz, fiddle music, or even music from Star Wars.
LESSON STYLE
The best learning always happens when the student is fully invested in the projects that they take on. This means that I always try to be flexible with students so that I can learn what makes them interested in music and ensure that they have the best learning experience that I can provide for them. Although I advocate for a relaxed, comfortable learning experience for all my students, I am a conservatory-trained professional cellist who understands the rigors of taking on Classical music as a profession or as a serious hobby and try to instill healthy practice and study habits into each one of my students. I will always encourage my students to be the best they can be and to achieve the highest standards, but am sensitive to the fact that all students learn differently and have different goals. The most important thing to me is that each one of my students leaves more passionate about sharing music with the world.
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