Cello Lessons

head of a fiddle In addition to my composing work, I am also busy as a cello instructor. I give private lessons from my home studio in the beautiful Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver. I am a member of the West Coast Symphony, and have been actively performing around B.C. with Syrinx String Quartet, since 2004. Other performing projects I have been involved with have included musical theatre, film recordings, a baroque ensemble, and a rock orchestra.

For the past eleven years, I have been working from my home studio, teaching both children and adults, beginner to intermediate levels. My students benefit from a flexible teaching approach, tailored to their goals. In addition to cello technique, I also incorporate some basic theory for my beginner students (especially for those who have limited or no previous musical background). This would include learning to read standard music notation, rhythms, etc.

For my intermediate students who are interested, I enjoy creating opportunities to learn duets, and participate in small chamber music groups with other students at a similar level. This is a fun way to gain experience and develop the skills needed for making music as part of an ensemble, and to connect with other students as well. Most of my students come for weekly lessons– which is recommended. I am happy to take on new students throughout the year– please contact me for current rates and availability.

Although my training is mainly based in classical techniques, I take a personalized approach to teaching, and enjoy working with my students to help them realize their goals.

Composition/Orchestration/Arranging Lessons

I am also pleased to offer private instruction in composition, orchestration, and arranging (beginner to advanced). As my students’ goals are diverse, I am able to be quite flexible with materials covered– please contact me if interested, and provide some details about your current project(s)/goals. I am experienced in many genres, including orchestral, chamber music, choral/vocal, and electroacoustic composition/sound design. I am qualified with a M.Mus. in Composition (University of British Columbia, 2006), as well as being an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre, and member of the Canadian League of Composers, SOCAN, and the Association of Canadian Women Composers.