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Private Cello Instruction


Chris has experience teaching cellists of all ages and abilities, including beginners and university music majors. Components of his teaching philosophy and strategies include:


- Using universally-recognized teaching materials for beginning and intermediate students, including Suzuki Method repertoire and etudes by Popper, Sevcik, Duport, Mooney, etc.

- Developing customized technical strategies for each student's needs, including piece-specific exercises and a self-published technique book

- Arranging music in any style to give students musical experiences that feel relevant to them

- Documenting lessons so that students can set and keep track of their goals and Chris' suggestions on an ongoing basis, with self-identified long term goals in mind

- Engaging students in chamber music experiences, including playing duets with cello and/or piano


Chris is available to teach privately in his music studio located in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago or at the headquarters of Midwest Young Artists in the northern suburbs. Other teaching location options may be discussed on a case by case basis, including distance teaching over the internet (with Skype) and traveling to your northern Chicago residence for an additional fee. Chris' rates are comparable with instructors of similar experience and expertise. For families with a documented income below a set amount, reduced rates can be negotiated, as well as flexible scheduling options. For more information, contact Chris!

Ensemble Coaching & Conducting


With instrumental ensembles of all ages and experience, the role of the conductor is much like that of a music teacher - to identify how a group of musicians' set of skills and experiences can be shaped to create transformative musical performances. With young ensembles, Chris aims to facilitate this through:


- Modeling fundamentals for developing healthy tone and technique

- Using historical, cultural, and performance practice knowledge to develop well-informed interpretations

- Understanding how the actions of an individual affect the ensemble

- Augmenting classroom experiences with music theory instruction that may lead to student improvisation, composition, and arranging, as appropriate


Chris' ensemble experience includes:


- Guest Conductor for multiple professional and university symphony orchestras

- Current Chamber Music Faculty (string quartets) at Midwest Young Artists

- Orchestra Director for grades 6-12 string and symphonic orchestras in DeKalb

- Director and Arranger of music, DeKalb High School String Band; Assistant Artistic Director, Saline Fiddlers (alternative styles performance groups)

- Pit Orchestra Conductor for musical productions and operatic excerpts

- Cello Sectional Coach for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and University of Michigan Philharmonia Orchestra