Welcome to my teaching page! I have enjoyed more than a decade (and counting) of experience as an educator, ranging from teaching private cello lessons to award-winning string quartets to conducting college orchestras, and everything in between.
I currently teach a small-but-mighty studio of cello students at my home in the North Berkeley hills. My students range from age 6 to 60. I’m delighted to teach almost all ages, though I leave the very youngest students to those with specialized training. My students are consistently the top players in their school orchestras, regularly win competitions around the Bay Area, and are admitted to the finest music schools and conservatories. Just this year (2019), I sent a graduating senior to Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music with a large scholarship!
As an educator, I believe in installing fundamental skills first rather than band-aid solutions that fix one problem and create two more. Posture, note-reading, rhythm, and shifting are emphasized in every lesson. I assign a curriculum that makes these fundamental skills easy and enjoyable to develop. Along with scales and etudes, my students work on one or two solo pieces at a time. Every lesson ends with duet playing — for fun, and for ensemble skills!
I cut my teeth as a teacher in the Berkeley Unified School District, teaching cello, coaching chamber music, and conducting orchestras at Thousand Oaks Elementary School, Martin Luther King Middle School, and Berkeley High School as an undergraduate student-teacher, graduate assistant, and professional guest artist. More recently, I founded Solano Youth Chamber Orchestra, a highly selective group of 25 young string players in Vacaville, CA, and served as its Music Director and Conductor for five seasons. Teaching young people to play together is one of the great joys in a musician’s life!
If you, or your child, would like to talk about cello lessons, please get in touch through the “contact” form on this site. My rates are comparable to similar teachers in the region, and my schedule can be as flexible or predictable as you’d like. And, I tend to get along with almost everyone. Let’s talk.