Keith Williams, Cello Lessons (Juilliard Trained!)
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- Richard B.
Keith is an excellent teacher. Very knowledgeable about the cello and music theory. He finds ways to explain concepts so they make sense and he is patient, supportive and inspiring. I have thoroughly enjoyed cello lessons after not playing for over 40 years. He obviously loves what he does and brings that to every lesson.Dec 29, 2020
- Sarah C.
Keith Williams is one of the most giving and generous instructors I have ever worked with. He is a master of his craft and a gifted teacher. He is passionate about what he does and it shows in every lesson. He possesses the clarity needed to explain challenging concepts and the patience to slowly and repeatedly walk through the careful steps needed to build a solid technical foundation. He has held me to a high standard while fostering a nurturing and relaxed environment conducive to growth and creativity. I truly thank God for the progress I’ve been making in my studies with him. Keith’s musical coachings with my vocal repertoire have also been highly beneficial, as his musical sensitivity applies to many styles and genres within the classical realm. I highly recommend Keith as an instructor– not only for cello, but also for music theory and general coaching.Dec 18, 2020
- Yiduo D.
I have been taking lessons with Keith for over 7 months now, and I am very glad that I have made so much progress. As an adult student, I started my cello study 2 years ago, and developed the bad habit of tensing up whenever I play. That really bothers me because my sound turns out to be very uneven and crunchy. During our lessons, Keith is so patient and helpful that he starts with the very basics of holding the bow and positioning my hands and arms. He is also very good at demonstrating things and making abstract ideas easy for people to understand. He pursues the best quality in both his own playing and his teaching, and I have learned a lot from him. If you hope to start or further your cello study, Keith is definitely one of the best teachers you could find!May 4, 2020
- Tracy F.
I am an adult student, who hadn't played for 20 years. I took lessons with Keith for a summer 4 years ago, and in a short period of time Keith had me playing better than I ever had. I have recently started taking lessons with Keith online. I was at first skeptical about how productive online lessons would be, but I have been very pleased with it. Keith is very observant and an excellent listener. He can quickly diagnose what a student is doing incorrectly, and give very specific advice on how to fix it. His passion for music and the cello is infectious, and I would recommend him wholeheartedly!May 1, 2020
- Alex M.
Keith is a terrific teacher and an inspiring musician. I had the privilege of working with him while preparing orchestral excerpts for an audition. I was successful in winning the principal position, largely due to his attention to detail and nuanced ear. He understands how to identify areas that can be improved and help the musician, regardless of level, attain that goal. In my experience, he balanced practical excerpt preparation with musical discussion of active listening. Keith plays with such unique, natural expression while always remaining honest to the score. I particularly found meaningful his generosity of time and willingness to help me. I highly recommend him to any cellist hoping to grow at their craft!May 2, 2020
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?30 minute lesson = $50 45 minute lesson = $70 60 minute lesson = $90
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?First lesson is about getting to know each other and work together a bit. I'd like to know your musical background, and where you feel like you currently are in your journey. After this we get to talk about your wildest cello-playing dreams! I'll take those and immediately get to work on a tailor-made curriculum for you to achieve them as fast as possible.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?In addition to my real-world teaching and performing experience, I spent a good chunk of my Master's Degree at USC dedicating myself to courses on equipping myself as a teacher (these courses are sometimes boringly referred to as "pedagogy"). This gave me not only an awareness of the mental roadblocks that can come up during your own practice, but also a strong and researched understanding of how to coach you through them. It also means that I know how to get what we worked on in lessons to stick in your regular practice. Because of this, your growth won't just be linear - it'll be exponential! I'm also Suzuki book 1 certified!