Studio Eleison - Cello Lessons with Issei Herr
Studio Eleison - Cello Lessons with Issei Herr

Studio Eleison - Cello Lessons with Issei Herr

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Introduction: Hello! My name is Issei (pronounced E-Say) - I am a professional cellist with a passion for teaching students of all ages and levels of experience. I recently completed studies at The Juilliard School, and perform actively throughout the country and around the world as a soloist and chamber musician. I have over 15 years of teaching experience in both private and group settings, and have given masterclasses and workshops in schools and colleges both in the United States and abroad - most recently at Cornell University, Stony Brook University, and the Xinghai Conservatory in China. In addition to private teaching, I have also been a substitute chamber music coach at Juilliard Pre-College, and led workshops at the Washington Heights-Inwood Music Project (WHIN). In addition to lessons, I provide a comprehensive weekly practice journal for all students, with detailed and tailored notes following each session. Students will also have opportunities to perform and share their music - I recently worked on a recording project with several students, which we shared in a virtual performance for seniors in New York. Students will also have a chance to see me perform; complimentary tickets are provided when available! I am currently accepting private cello students for online lessons, as well as limited in-person lessons in New York City. I am able to host in-person lessons in my studio space in Bushwick, Brooklyn (11237), and also travel to your location within reasonable distance. I charge an additional commute fee to travel to you, while rates for online and in-person lessons are the same (see below).

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Gates C.
Jul 1, 2021
Issei introduced me to the beautiful instrument of cello. We worked together for 5 months and finished Suzuki book 1. He’s patient, professional, responsive and flexible. He always made sure that I practiced correctly and developed good habits that would pay dividends in the future. I also requested to learn pieces that I enjoy listening to outside of the book and Issei was more than happy to help find the music and worked through them. I was always looking forward to our lesson every week. I’d highly recommend Issei if you’re interested in picking up the cello!
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Vincent L.
Nov 7, 2021
I highly recommend Issei as a cello teacher. Issei has exceptional attention to detail, honing in on all of my bad habits. Issei is patient and encouraging, providing me room to push myself and grow as a musician. Lastly, Issei is highly professional - prompt in response to both scheduling inquiries and general questions.
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Yuan Y.
Jun 29, 2021
I am an adult cell beginner and had a few teachers before Issei. I really enjoy working with Issei. He’s passionate about teaching and communicating his understanding of music. He is very capable of noticing small and subtle details, and pointing out ways that I can improve my sound. He is also very focused on the fundamentals, such as posture, bow angels, contact points, etc, which I really appreciate. Overall - I am very very glad that Issei is my teacher, and I would strongly recommend Issei to any cello players.
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Barbara M.
Jun 29, 2021
Issei taught my child (10-13 age group) for three years, helping her develop the technique required to transition from an early beginner to early intermediate cellist. He also modeled a type of creative thinking and emotional depth as an artist that I’ve watched her carry into her cello playing and other pursuits like drawing and creative writing.
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Erin C.
Jun 29, 2021
Issei is a wonderful cello teacher, especially with school aged children. He has been working with our daughter for almost a year and is always attentive, creative, and patient with her in teaching the cello. We are thrilled with his approach to music, and can’t recommend him enough!
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    $100/hour $80/45 minutes $65/30 minutes I will travel to the client’s address for an additional fee (to be determined based on commute time - typically $20 for 1 hour of total travel). Lessons can be paid week-by-week, or on a monthly basis.

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

    I will often schedule a brief call to chat about a client’s goals/expectations, as well as discuss my teaching philosophy. We can also schedule a trial lesson before making any long-term commitments. Trial lessons are billed at the same rates (see above).

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

    The Juilliard School - Masters of Music The Juilliard School - Bachelors of Music

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