I currently teach cello lessons in my private San Francisco studio, located at Congregation Sherith Israel in Pacific Heights, and the Preparatory Music Program at Holy Names University in Oakland. Please contact me for more information on joining my cello studio (space is limited).

I work with students of all ages and levels, ages four through adult and beginner through advanced/pre-professional. I tailor my teaching to the student and recognize the individual’s unique learning style and strengths to develop a personalized approach. My students have earned admission and leadership seats in numerous youth and community orchestras, college conservatories, chamber music ensembles, and summer music festivals and camps. In my studio, students have the opportunity to perform in two annual studio recitals as well as Suzuki book graduation recitals and community outreach events.

I am certified and trained by the Suzuki Association of Americas to teach Suzuki cello from Every Child Can through Books 1-10. I received my Suzuki training from the Cleveland Institute of Music under renowned teacher-trainer Melissa Kraut (learn more about the Suzuki Method here) and am a standing member of the American String Teachers Association and Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Through lessons, we work together to cultivate the following philosophies and principals: 

  • Develop a system of left and right (bow) hand fundamental technique and balance

  • Learning how to practice, addressing technical checklists to break-down challenges and problem solve

  • The Suzuki Triangle (Parent, Teacher, Child): Parents of young students sit in on the lesson and learn alongside the child to facilitate home practice/be the “home teacher”

  • Time management and performance strategies to meet goals including studio recitals, auditions, etc.

  • Ear and rhythm training

  • Music theory and note reading

  • Musical awareness: digging for emotional meaning and personal connection with the repertoire, using imagery and storytelling

  • Positive reinforcement, celebrating achievement and constantly striving for improvement while having fun!

  • Tying it all together: Turning to technique in order to voice musical intentions and instilling a lifelong appreciation for the role that the arts play in our world

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"Carlyn was my daughter's teacher for about four years. She is extraordinary as a musician, teacher and mentor. We also enjoyed seeing her creative performances around town. Carlyn was truly engaged in sharing the power and beauty of music with a broad audience. We miss her but know she will do very well in San Francisco!" -Francisca R.

"I was Carlyn's student during my senior year at the College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio), where she was an adjunct professor. During my time at the College of Wooster, I had three teachers, including Carlyn. She by far left the most impact on my musical growth and desire to continue to further my education as a cellist during graduate school. Carlyn's comments are highly constructive, and she conducts lessons in adaptive way that cater to your strengths and weakness as a cellist. In addition to a strong emphasis on technique, Carlyn pushed me to critically consider the phrasing of the given repertoire on which we were working. As a result, during my time as a student with Carlyn, I observed significant improvement in not only technique, but also musicality. I was sincerely sad when my time as Carlyn's student came to an end, as she truly is a wonderful teacher and very talented musician." -Lindsay R.