Cello Lessons NYC
Cello Lessons NYC

Cello Lessons NYC

Offers remote services
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Offers remote services
Discounts available
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Introduction: Hello! My name is Issei - 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 eight 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). I am currently accepting private cello students for online lessons as well as limited in-person lessons in New York City - my schedule is flexible, please inquire! 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!

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Gates C.

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!
Jul 1, 2021
Yuan Y.

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.
Jun 29, 2021
Barbara M.

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.
Jun 29, 2021
Erin C.

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!
Jun 29, 2021
Caroline S.

I began taking beginner cello lessons with Issei about eight months ago, and our lessons have quickly become one of my favorite times of the week. As a teacher, Issei is patient, thoughtful, and clear. He has an impressive intuition for how to pace lessons and student progress in general, and has a great sense for when it’s time to add a new skill or work on an older skill from a different angle. Issei goes out of his way to tailor lesson material to his students’ interests and to help them keep track of their goals, and I always feel like I have something interesting to work on each week. His own talent is also an inspiration. I highly recommend lessons with Issei!
Jun 23, 2020
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    $90/hour $67.5/45 minutes $45/30 minutes I will travel to the client’s address for an additional fee (to be determined based on commute time). Lessons can be paid week-by-week, or on a monthly/package basis. I offer the following discounts for package plans: 20 lessons - 10% off 10 lessons - 5% off

  • 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 below).

  • 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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