Mikala Schmitz
Mikala Schmitz

Mikala Schmitz

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Introduction: I am a classically trained cellist with Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Oberlin College Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music, respectively. I also have taken numerous string pedagogy courses that have been the foundation of my success in teaching cellists of all ages and abilities. I am a highly organized, outcome-driven and motivated professional cello teacher with solid experience in teaching musical concepts (such as duration, pitch, dynamics, tone color, texture and structure) as well as performance, composition, and reading and listening skills. Most importantly, I believe that a strong foundation in the physicality of holding the instrument itself is essential in ensuring a pain-free future for each aspiring young cellist. Each student will develop an understanding of these concepts and skills in the context of the various musical styles, periods and genres that they want to learn, whether it be classical, pop, rock, folk, jazz, and everything in between! You will find me to be a down-to-earth and amiable person, with excellent communication skills and professional presentation. Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students be motivated to achieve their very best. I strongly believe that music has the power to change lives, to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people and serve as a profound medium of personal expression.

Hired 6 times

Serves North Hollywood, CA

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8 years in business

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, responsiveness, and work quality.


3 reviews


Jesse N.

Music Entertainment

Mikala was amazing!! She played for our wedding ceremony and it was perfect!! I would highly recommend her for any event
Dec 8, 2020
Fleur S.

Cello Lessons

I'm close to my 3rd appointment with Mikala. I have seen improvements very quickly. She is skilled and a very patient instructor. I'm looking forward to developing a strong mentor/student relationship with her.
Aug 20, 2019
Aaron T.

Cello Lessons

My 10 year old has had a positive experience thus far.
Oct 10, 2020
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Mikala Schmitz


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    LESSON PAYMENT PLANS: Lessons are paid for one month in advance before the first lesson of each month. Cash payments are due at the last lesson of the previous month. Online payments are due the first day of the month. *Lessons occur weekly at the same day and time, unless I approve changes* Students are billed at the following rates per 30-min/45-min/60-min: MONTHLY (4 weeks): Lessons at Student's Home within 10 miles 91605: 30 minutes: $55 = $220 per month 45 minutes: $70 = $280 per month 60 minutes: $85 = $340 per month Lessons at Student's Home over 10 miles from 91605: 30 minutes: $70 = $280 per month 45 minutes: $85 = $340 per month 60 minutes: $100 = $400 per month Online Lessons: 30 minutes: $45 = $180 per month 45 minutes: $60 = $240 per month 60 minutes: $75 = $300 per month You are not required to pay for a lesson when: 1. I cancel a lesson and it is not made up 2. Your lesson falls on a major holiday 3. You are performing in a band, orchestra, or musical concert; 4. A family member passes away; 5. You notify me of a non-reoccurring impending absence well before the beginning of the month. This includes summer family vacations.* *You will receive all details in a Policy Handbook when you register for lessons. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PRIVATE EVENTS (Base Fees): ------>.Solo Cello | Duet | Trio | Quartet |Quintet |Ensemble First Hour $400| $550 | $700 | $850 | $1,000 | TBD Each Add. $200 | $350 | $500 | $650 | $800 | TBD Hour I charge a mileage rate of $0.54 per mile over 60 miles. I rent out my own personal BEHRINGER EPS500MP3 PA system for a fee of $75.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I really just want to get to know you and get to know what your needs are. If you are a potential student, I highly encourage taking advantage of my half-price first introductory lesson so that you can feel out whether or not you think we'd be a good match. I believe that it is very important that a teacher and her student feel comfortable and safe, and free to express themselves naturally. What is you and/or your child's history with music? And is there any history with other instruments? What are your goals with the cello? What about it interests you? Once you have had your introductory lesson, we will talk about scheduling, preferred lesson length, payment plans, etc. I can teach out of my home studio or can travel to students. I have a contract and also a lesson responsibilities from that will need to be signed. I schedule lessons a month in advance and collect payment on a per-month or per-semester schedule. For weddings and private events, submit as many details about the event as possible and about the event VIP's. For example, will the event be outside? Will there be cover for the musicians? Would you like us to play acoustic or plug in? We will go over what genre or style of music you would like, and I will prepare a list of songs that I or yourself curate.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have bachelor and master degrees in cello performance from Oberlin College Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music respectively, where I took numerous music pedagogy courses. I have over 10 years experience teaching privately, as well as performing for live events and concerts, and recording for major motion picture studios.

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