Welcome to Carlyn Kessler’s Cello Studio!
Suzuki and Traditional Cello Lessons
I work with students of all ages and levels, ages four through adult and beginner through advanced. 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 positions in numerous youth and community orchestras, college conservatories, chamber music ensembles, and summer music festivals. In my studio, students have the opportunity to perform in annual studio recitals, community outreach events, Suzuki group classes, and Suzuki book graduation performances.
I am certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas to teach Suzuki cello from Every Child Can through Books 1-10. I received my Suzuki training at the Cleveland Institute of Music under renowned teacher trainer Melissa Kraut.
Before relocating to the Bay Area from Ohio in 2017, I served on the faculty at the College of Wooster and was Department Head of Strings at The Music Settlement in Cleveland, a large community music school and epicenter for the arts, as well as several other educational institutions and camps. It is one of my greatest joys to share my love of music with my students and the next generation of musicians.
Through lessons, we work together to cultivate the following philosophies and principals:
Develop a system of left and right (bow) hand fundamental technique, balanced posture, and increased dexterity
Learning how to practice by addressing technical checklists to break down challenges
The Suzuki Triangle (Parent, Teacher, Child): Parents of young students attend 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 and auditions
Ear and rhythm training, note reading, and music theory
Increased patience, focus, and self-confidence
Musical awareness: digging for emotional meaning and personal connection with the repertoire using imagery and storytelling
Positive reinforcement: striving for improvement and celebrating achievement 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
My Education: Cleveland Institute of Music
Master of Music, Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy
Bachelor of Music, Cello Performance