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Maurice
Ā« John is a fantastic cellist, has an excellent eye for analyzing and... More Ā»
M
Maurice
Ā« John is a fantastic cellist, has an excellent eye for analyzing and solving problems, can explain confusing and tricky concepts very clearly, and is exceptionally patient and kind. His extensive background of cello experience (in both performance and teaching) make him a great fit for any student! Ā»
$60/h
1st lesson free!
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Lessons offered by John
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Cello
Levels
  • All Levels

Rice University M.M. cello teacher with 20 years experience, focused on conceptual understanding

Methodology

I believe that the art of practicing is both the most important and the most universally applicable part of music. Good practicing teaches you how to find and analyze problems, how to break them down to find solutions, and how to fit your short term work into a larger vision. Because music is an art and not a science, it also teaches you how to go beyond all of that and find enjoyment and meaning in what you create. The vast majority of any musicianā€™s time is spent alone with their instrument, and I believe a teacherā€™s primary job is not to guide the student during the lesson, but to show them how to find their own path forward outside of the lesson.

Background

I'm a professional cellist currently teaching and performing in the Houston area. I believe that musicianship and teaching are best with a generalist approach focused on conceptual understanding, rather than with a hyper-specialized approach focused on small detail, which is part of why I have both Masterā€™s Degree in Cello Performance from Rice University, and Bachelorā€™s Degrees in Cello Performance and Computer Science from Bard College.

I've performed in venues across the United States and Europe as both a soloist and chamber musician, and has been a fellowship recipient at many renowned music festivals. Some of my recent concert highlights include a performance of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet with David Shifrin, a recital in Peter Serkinā€™s Haydn Project series playing with Peter Serkin and Todd Philips, and a solo performance of the Walton Cello Concerto with Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now. As a teacher, I have years of teaching experience with students of all levels in my private studio and through Rice University's preparatory division.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $60/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $275
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $500

Details

24 hour cancellation notice or 50% of the lesson fee will be charged.

Lessons offered by John
Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Cello
Levels
  • All Levels

John's resume

EDUCATION
-Rice University, Houston, TX, M.M. Cello Performance
-Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, B.M. Cello Performance
-Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, B.A. Computer Science

TEACHERS
-Desmond Hoebig, Rice University, Houston, TX,
-Peter Wiley, Bard College Conservatory, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

PERFORMANCES
-Soloist with The Orchestra Now, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
William Walton: Cello Concerto, Leon Botstein conducting
-Soloist with Bard Music Alive orchestra, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Joan Tower: Duets, Joan Tower conducting
-Soloist with MN Sinfonia orchestra, Minneapolis, MN
Haydn: Concerto in D Major, Jay Fishman conducting
-Recital in Toronto Summer Music Festivalā€™s concert series
Strauss: Metamorphosen, version for string septet, TrV 290, with Alexander Kerr
-Recital in Norfolk Chamber Music Festivalā€™s concert series
Ives: Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano, with Harumi Rhodes and Benjamin Hochman
-Recital in Norfolk Chamber Music Festivalā€™s concert series
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115, with David Shifrin
-Recital in Peter Serkinā€™s Haydn Project concert series
Haydn: Piano Trio in Eb Major, Hob.XV:29, with Peter Serkin and Todd Philips

TEACHING
-Private lessons for all levels and ages since 2010
-Chamber music coaching in Rice University's Preparatory Program
-Lessons taught through high schools and middle schools across the Houston area

The 3 reviews on John
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3 recommendations

M
Maurice

John is a fantastic cellist, has an excellent eye for analyzing and solving problems, can explain confusing and tricky concepts very clearly, and is exceptionally patient and kind. His extensive background of cello experience (in both performance and teaching) make him a great fit for any student!

E
Ethan

Besides being both a talented musician and cellist, John is an excellent teacher. His deep knowledge of music, combined with his patient and approachable nature, make learning with John easy! Dedicated and reliable, John will meet a student wherever they're at musically, and work hard to help them accomplish their goals. Choosing John is a decision you can feel good about, and your music will thank you too.

S
Samuel

I have collaborated with John as a chamber musician within the past several years, so I can attest to his open-mindedness, kindness, dedication, and personal discipline. I am confident that these values also deeply inform his pedagogy. Any student will benefit greatly from his ideals, in addition to his remarkable qualifications as a talented, rigorously educated cellist.

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