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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have openings?

Yes, openings are available for cello students of all ages and skill levels.

What are your rates?

Rates depend on the length of the lesson. Feel free to contact me to discuss your learning needs and current rates.

What frequency do you recommend for lessons?

Lessons are offered weekly without exception.

I don’t have a cello. How do I go about renting or buying an instrument?

See the Resources section of this website (under “Instruments, Music, and Accessories”).

How old does my child have to be in order to begin?

This depends on the student. I have taught students as young as four. I’ve also found that some six-year-olds are not yet ready for cello lessons. I evaluate each students’ abilities individually.

Do you teach cello lessons to adult beginners?

Yes, I teach adults of all levels. I particularly enjoy working with adults because of their self-motivation and love for music.

What method do you use?

I teach the traditional method, which includes note reading, counting out loud while playing, and I use a wide variety of teaching materials and method books.

What are your qualifications?

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from one of the most prestigious music conservatories in the nation, the Cleveland Institute of Music, as well as a Master’s Degree in Cello Performance from UCLA. See “About the Instructor” and Resume for more details.

Do your students play in groups?

Yes, they perform in a large group in the Music Teachers’ Association’s annual Ensemble Festival, in small groups at recitals and festivals, and most students also participate in school or outside orchestras and chamber groups.

Do you teach group lessons?

All of my students take private lessons, but I additionally have taught a summer chamber music program, and I hold a weekly adult ensemble seminar. I have taught group lessons in several schools over the years.

Do you teach students who just want to play for fun?

Yes, some of my students learn for their own enjoyment and do not perform or compete.

Do you prepare students for auditions and competitions?

Yes, some of my students take the study of music very seriously and I enroll them in competitions and scholarship auditions.

Do you take beginners?

Yes, I teach students of all levels and ages.

Do you take transfer students?

Yes, although often students who come to me from other teachers need to do some review to fill in gaps in their training.

Do you travel to students’ homes?

No, I teach out of my studio.

If I take lessons, am I required to perform?

No, some of my students do not perform. However, all students (particularly children) are strongly encouraged to perform in order to prevent or overcome issues with performance anxiety.

Do you enjoy teaching?

Yes, teaching music brings joy to my life, and I feel honored to have the opportunity I do on a daily basis to share my love and knowledge of music with others.